Dear readers, we are glad to have you join us again on our Rebrand Nigeria Ambassadors Series!
Today, we are celebrating Dr Adeola Olubamiji, the first black person to receive a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada and founder of STEMHub Foundation located in Canada and Nigeria. She also works as an Advanced manufacturing Tech Advisor at Cummins Inc, Canada.
Dr Adeola was born in Ibadan where she attended primary and secondary school. Growing up in a humble background and as the fifth child, she hawked pepper to contribute to the welfare of the family. She eventually proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria, where she studied Physics with Electronics. Her grades won her a job and scholarship (Masters Level) to study Biomedical Engineering at Tampere University of Technology, Finland.
Deborah was determined irrespective of the language barrier and the menial jobs she had to do to sustain her, to pursue PhD opportunities. While studying, she began applying for PhD programs and scholarships. After applying to over 100 schools, she secured a scholarship to pursue her PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She relentlessly juggled her studies with part-time jobs such as sales representative, make-up artist, hair-dresser, teaching assistant etc.
As her PhD was rounding up, she began her job hunt, making at least over 3000 applications to different companies, some of which found her to be over-qualified. Today, she has worked as a Lead Material/Metallurgical Engineer where she led a team that was revolutionizing metal manufacturing in the aerospace industry amongst others.
She is also the founder of STEMHub Foundation; a non-profit organization that promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities and programs for youths and women in underserved communities in Nigeria and Canada. The organization provides free, creative and hand-on skills development programs to encourage more young people particularly females to embrace STEM careers. They also offer one-one mentoring opportunities, risk management, skills development programs for young professionals and university students.
She is passionate about STEM advocacy and she volunteering her time and resources to engage many young people who are underserved to learn about the potentials in the STEM world. She also organizes STEM events and industrial tours for black youths in her Canadian community.
She has received much recognition for her contributions in Science and Technology, some of which include; 2020 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Awards Winner, 5th of 150 Black Women Making Canada Better – 2017, Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Education, Influential Women in Manufacturing Honoree – 2019 etc
God bless Nigeria!!