Two aspiring engineer brothers shine at the spring graduation

by Mosima Rafapa

26 October 2023

Two brothers, Oluwasegun Chijioke Adekoya and Gbolahan Joseph Adekoya, from the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE), received their Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Polymer Technology during the Spring Graduation at the Tshwane University of Technology's Pretoria Campus on 23 October 2023.

Brothers, Oluwasegun Chijioke Adekoya and Gbolahan Joseph Adekoya during the Spring graduations on 23 October.

Gbolahan's exceptional journey in Polymer Technology exemplifies hard work, resilience, and unwavering commitment to academic pursuit. Actionable objectives and incorporating skills and behaviors such as time management and good study habits earned Gbolahan, a part-time lecturer in the Department of Chemical, Metallurgical, and Materials, his Doctorate qualification. 

Gbolahan’s research focuses on the cutting-edge development and modeling of polymer nanocomposites for energy storage in the automotive industry. Working closely with his mentors, he has gained visionary insights that have the potential to revolutionize vehicle power, providing sustainable and innovative solutions for a greener and more efficient future. Through his groundbreaking research in polymer technology, Gbolahan contributes to the academic and scientific community and holds the potential to impact and improve countless lives.

With over 31 research outputs and numerous awards, he plans to pursue a career combining academia and industry after graduating. 

“I plan to establish a computational research lab on polymer nanocomposites for sustainable applications. Collaborations with industry leaders and active editorial roles are part of my strategy. Guided by my mentors, I aspire to leave a lasting impact on polymer technology through groundbreaking research and transformative contributions,” he said. 

His brother Oluwasegun graduated with cum laude in his Master's studies. He started his educational journey with a Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology at Yaba College of Technology in Lagos and a Bachelor's in Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Nigeria. These early academic experiences laid a strong foundation for his postgraduate studies. 

Brothers, Oluwasegun Chijioke Adekoya and Gbolahan Joseph Adekoya with their supervisor Prof Emmanuel Rotimi Sadiku during the Spring graduations on 23 October.

Oluwasegun's research, titled "DFT Interaction Study of Polyethylene Glycol-Based Nanocomposite with Cephalexin Drug for the Elimination of Wound Infection," showcases his influential role as an editor for the book "Polymeric Nanogels for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications." It also highlights his ambition to pursue a doctoral degree for further advancement. Earning esteemed accolades such as the 2022 TUT Full-Time Postgraduate Scholarship and being recognized as the second-best recipient in the Faculty of Engineering for the 2022 Top Publication Award is a testament to his mentors' enduring guidance. 

“I also had the privilege of delivering a keynote address at the 7th International Conference on Pharmaceutics and Advanced Drug Delivery Systems in the United Kingdom in March this year. My accomplishments serve to inspire learners to pursue their passions,” he said. 

He expressed deep pride in his academic accomplishments and a strong commitment to advancing research and innovation in his field with unwavering determination.

Hailing from Ogun State, Nigeria, both brothers owe their success to their mother. She played a pivotal role in shaping their path, providing unwavering motivation and financial support for their education. 

Gbolahan received guidance from distinguished supervisors, including Prof Emmanuel Rotimi Sadiku, Prof Yskandar Hamam, Prof Suprakas Sinha Ray, and Prof Bonex Wakufwa Mwakikunga, on his journey to excellence. Meanwhile, Oluwasegun had the same supervisors as his brother, except for Prof Mwakikunga.

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