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    Academic Excellence: FUOYE’s student floors 11 others to clinch victory in inter-varsity engineering essay contest

    By Wole Balogun
    S.A Media to VC

    Another academic wizard of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Ademola Adeleke has joined the hall of fame of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE)’s shining stars by defeating 11 students from other Nigerian Universities to emerge the winner of the National Engineering Science and Technology Essay Competition (NESTEC),2022 edition.

    Ademola, a 500L student of the great citadel of learning competed keenly with other brilliant Engineering students from such Universities as the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, (ABU) University of Nigeria Nnsukka, (UNN), University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) and the Uthman Danfodio University Kano among others in an essay writing contest to test their sound knowledge about the field. He won with the highest score of 67. 67 percent beating his second runner up, Emmanuel Nnagozie Eke of the UNN with over four points.

    His uncommon feat is no doubt an attestation of the fact that FUOYE offers the best lectures in Engineering and other academic fields of study

    Ademola who is also the leader of the team working on the Development of Drone Security Surveillance System for FUOYE Application, tells his inspiring success story to the University media team recently. We bring you the narrative in his own words:

    “In 2016, after I wrote my second JAMB, my father convinced me that the institution I chose in that year is well known for going on strike, hence, strike or holiday period should be judiciously used. That led him to enrolling me for an informal training in electronics in Osogbo then.
    I chose to study Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE), but was eventually admitted to study Pure and Applied Physics in the institution I chose then. My father advised, and carefully won an argument with me based on the reason that what I wanted to study was not what I was admitted for. He urged me to write another WAEC and JAMB, and start all over again.

    That was how I wrote another JAMB and WAEC in 2017, performed brilliantly in the two exams, and got admitted to study the course of my choice in the Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE).

    “Right from my 200-Level in FUOYE, I was awarded a scholarship by Shell Petroleum Development Company Joint Venture (SPDC-JV), which I am able to maintain till my current level, 500-Level. This served as a financial assistance to me and my parents, which is one of the reasons why SPDC-JV has been part of my success story since then. The financial assistance has been very helpful in numerous ways for my academics, personal development, and practical electronics so far.

    “ Since I have been into electronics before gaining admission to study Electrical and Electronics Engineering, every holiday and strikes have had me return to where I learn it informally. Since the struggle based on electronics started in 2016, I have directly learnt from diverse individuals, as my passion for electronics grows. I learnt electronics repairing starting from Mr. Ogungbire (Osogbo) to Mr. Kehinde (Iragbiji, my hometown), then to Mr. Ademola Olusegun Elijah (Ikirun) where I personally enrolled myself to learn power electronics in 2021. I met Aminu Ibrahim (a fresh graduate of EEE, FUOYE) in 2019 through Gbangbala Usman (also a fresh graduate of EEE FUOYE with first class), and Aminu was the first person to actively draw and describe to me how a complete electronic circuit (transformerless power supply) works. I also met Technologist Hassan Kuranga of Computer Engineering, FUOYE in 2021, and he advised me to start embedded systems. I started embedded systems through YouTube videos, and the paper I wrote for the National Engineering Science and Technology Essay Competition (NESTEC) 2022 is based on one of my successful embedded systems design.

    “ I came across NESTEC through internet searches, and saved it in my calendar as reminder because the period for the 2022 call for paper was yet to be announced. When it was announced, I informed Engineer Shereefdeen Oladapo Sanni, a lecturer in my department, that I wanted him to supervise me for the paper I will write for the competition. The system I designed and wrote about was not having so much functionalities, but Engineer Sanni criticized my work professionally, and those criticisms led to the improvements I made in the hardware design of the system I wrote on, titled: IoT-Based Extension Socket for Power Outage Management.

    “ My lecturer led me to a number of innovative methods of paper writing, introduced me to new software, internet tools, in order for me to have improvement in my English Language and writing skills. His efforts towards my success in the competition and in my academics so far is invaluable since I met him as one of my lecturers.

    “ During the time I was writing for the competition, I ensured I downloaded and went through all previous NESTEC finalist’s write-up available on the Engineer’s Forum (owned by Blue Apple, the organizer of NESTEC), this served as examples of what the past winners did, and what NESTEC is all about. I went through sleepless nights making researches for the write-up and doing my hardware design.
    Before I submitted my paper for the competition, Engineer Sanni actually told me what I have written was not so good, but I will have to submit like that as the deadline already approached. After submission, he encouraged me to always put in more efforts, as I could do more than I had done. I will always appreciate what Engineer Sanni did for me in giving me the standard mentorship I needed at the right time.

    “ For me to be in the first position in the competition is a thing of joy to me and my supervisor, my parents, siblings, and my loved ones. Being able to bring my practical experience to writing cannot be possible without the substantial knowledge the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Federal University Oye-Ekiti has been giving me as an undergraduate. Sincere appreciation goes to the teaching and non-teaching staff of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineer Sanni my supervisor once again, Dr. Oluwole, my level adviser, and the Head of the Department, Professor Olaitan Akinsanmi. Also, I must commend the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Bolaji Bukola Olalekan, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, for the efforts put in place to ensure quality delivery to the students in the faculty.
    More importantly, I must commend the amiable Vice Chancellor of Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Professor Abayomi Sunday Fasina for the encouraging academic and moral standards he has brought to the school.

    “ I look forward to seeing myself improve the living quality in the society with standard solutions to problems through electronics in the future.
    I advise students, especially engineering students to try to be problem solving in nature, and also look beyond the lectures in school as knowledge is not limited to what is available in the school.
    I also want to advise those that have passion for knowledge to pursue it in realistic ways, and make themselves available to acquire the knowledge with limited or excess opportunities they have.” He said
    Ademola was rewarded with a sum of N500,000 for win g the contest. Asked what he wishes to use the money for, he said:” I intend to utilize it on my development in electronics as I have been working on some advancement in my electronics before now”.

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