Chancellor, Vice, Others honoured at College of Engineering Awards
The Chancellor and Chairman, Board of Regents, Covenant, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, and Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, were among the honorees as the leadership of the College of Engineering (CoE) of the University rolled out the red carpet for its distinguished faculty and staff in the maiden edition of the CoE Award Night and Dinner.
Dr. Oyedepo, according to organisers of the Award, emerged winner of the Visionary Leader Award, based on his uncommon astute leadership and guidance, which had within a short span of existence of the University elevated her to the league of the top 500 universities in the world, while Professor Atayero was among the three presented with the Most Outstanding Professors and Administrators Award.
Organisers said that Professor Atayero of the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering (EIE) was recognized for his exemplary leadership, which had within three years of his reign as Vice-Chancellor of Covenant seen the research profile of the University increased geometrically. Others honoured in this category were the immediate past Dean, CoE, Professor Christian Bolu of the Mechanical Engineering Department, for his untiring efforts and personal commitment, and a former Dean, College of Engineering and College of Science and Technology, the late Professor Cleophas Loto, also of the Mechanical Engineering Department, for his leadership capacity and research prowess.
Professor Atayero had earlier been presented with the 1st runner plaque in the Best Researcher category won by Dr. Isaac Fayomi of the Mechanical Engineering Department. The 2nd runner up in this category was Professor Sanjay Misra of the EIE Department.
Dr. Emmanuel Okoro of the Department of Petroleum Engineering, Professor David Olukanni of the Civil Engineering Department, and Dr. A.A. Ayoola of the Chemical Engineering Department were winner, 1st runner-up, and 2nd runner-up respectively in the Best Lecturer (Teaching) award, while the Best Postgraduate Researcher award went to Mr. S. I. Popoola of the EIE Department, with Engr. I.P. Okokpujie and Engr. (Mrs) K. Okokpujie emerging 1st and 2nd runner-ups respectively.
In other awards, Mrs. Adeyeye was presented with the Best Administrative Staff award, while Mr. O Daramola of the Department of Petroleum Engineering emerged winner of the Best Technologist award. Each of the award recipients in the different categories of awards was presented with a plaque and certificate.
In his remarks at the occasion, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akan Williams, representing the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AAA. Atayero, described the awards as commendable and suggested it was an event worth enlarging as a University-wide event, considering how well the Dean, CoE, Professor David Omole, had packaged it at the college level.
Professor Williams, who noted that the contributions of the College of Engineering had been immense since the University changed to Scopus as her research-publishing outlet, said that he had not been surprised at the quality of people who won awards at the event. He especially appreciated the contributions of the Most Outstanding Professors (Professors Atayero, Bolu, and Loto), describing their contributions as immense.
While commending those who won awards, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor praised the CoE, adding that God would reward everyone, given their contributions to the University.
The Dean, CoE, Professor David Omole, in his closing remarks, expressed appreciation to the Chancellor, Dr. David O. Oyedepo, for obeying God’s directives, and thanked the University Management for embracing the CoE award initiative. He also appreciated all those who contributed to the success of the award, such as the College Management Team, the Welfare Committee, and the Awards Ceremony Committee.
Also present at the occasion were the Registrar, Dr. Oluwasegun Omidiora; Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Humphrey Adebayo; Dean, College of Science and Technology, Professor Timothy Omotosho; and faculty and staff of the CoE.