FUTA scholar wins Carnegie Grant, sets up laboratory

A female Senior Lecturer in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Dr. (Mrs) Oluwatoyin Olaseinde has won a 25,000 dollars grant of the Carnegie Corporation of New York through the African Materials Science and Engineering Network (AMSEN) under the auspices of Regional Initiatives in Science and Education (RISE).

Olaseinde, a Corrosion Engineer and RISE scholar responded to call for proposals to establish Research Groups among the five networks under RISE comprising FUTA; University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of Namibia, Windhoek; University of Botswana, Gaborone; and University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her proposal scaled through and won the only one for AMSEN covering Nigeria and the other countries. The grant is for the establishment and expansion of Reaserch Group in FUTA with the aim of training the trainers. In accordance with the aim, Olaseinde has set up a laboratory named Advanced Materials and Electrochemical Research Group (AMERG) laboratory. The laboratory is located in the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, FUTA.

This FUTA scholar was commended by the Executive Director, Science Initiative Group (SIG), Arlen Hastings who said, "Olaseinde, you made me proud" among other words of commendation.