Nigerian scientist, Robert Olusola Okojie has been inducted into the United States of America’s National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) Inventors Hall of Fame. The Nigerian-American commands 20 years of working experience with NASA so far and boasts of 21 patented inventions.
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Okojie gained global recognition as the leading expert on silicon carbide-based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) which is meant for use in extreme environments. Publisher of over 50 peer-reviewed papers in his field, Okojie in 1999, joined the silicon carbide research group at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
‘He holds more than 20 patents relating to high-temperature devices, including several licensed for commercial use that could reduce spacecraft weight, and thereby launch cost and fuel consumption, while leaving additional space for scientific payloads.’
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Academically, Okojie is the holder of a B.S, M.S and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering, all from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Among other numerous accolades won, he was recognized by the National Technical Association as the Scientist of the Year, 2002, owing to his “exceptional accomplishments in advancing the state–of–the–art of MEMS for use in harsh environments”. Aside from being a recipient of the Cleveland Executive Board Wings of Excellence award in 2007, Okojie in 2009 won the NASA Abe Silverstein Medal for Research and would go on in 2012 to grab the Glenn Research Center Distinguished Publication Award.
Okojie who at Glenn has mentored numerous students who have gone further to become successful academically and professionally in their chosen fields is currently focusing on single-chip integrated multifunctional sensing for extreme environments for his research.
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