The PEIF Fund is delighted to announce that Engineer Olubanjo Olugbenga, Mentorship Class of 2016 and 2017, has been awarded a full scholarship to study for a Masters Degree in Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada. The scholarship comes with full tuition and $15,000 CAD a year. Specializing in sustainable infrastructure, Olu will study under the supervision of Professor Shoshanna Saxe at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto.
Olu is a graduate of the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he graduated with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering. He first joined the PEIF Fund in 2016 as a member of its inaugural class. He was paired with Engineering Professor Chinedum Okwudire of the University of Michigan, USA and Engineer Lawrence Onwude of Stantec, Canada. While working with both mentors, Olu volunteered to serve with the PEIF Fund organization. Passionate about advancing in his profession, Olu has also served in various capacities, including as Group Leader, Zenith Group at the University of Ibadan, Project Head, ENACTS at the University of Ibadan, Consultant for Engineers Without Borders, and as a Volunteer Student Representative for the Institution of Civil Engineers. Most recently, Olu served as a Graduate Intern at the international engineering firm, Arup, Nigeria, and continues to serve as a volunteer Program Officer with PEIF Fund Inc., working under the supervision of PEIF Fund CEO, Dr. Ireh Iyioha.
Olu's quest for knowledge has led him to obtain various certifications from various institutions across the world. These include an Oil and Gas Technology Certification from IFP School, France, an Honour Code Certificate in Innovation and Commercialization from MITx, a Future Cities Certificate from ETHx Zurich, an Inclusive Leadership Certificate from Catalyst, a Gamification and Designing Cities Certificate from UniPenn, and a Project Management Practice Certification from NIIT.
PEIF Fund CEO, Dr. Ireh Iyioha, who served as one of Olu's referees for his Masters application to Canadian Universities, including the University of Toronto, says of his service at the PEIF Fund: "Olu is one of a few truly outstanding individuals I know and couldn't be more deserving of this admission and scholarship." According to Dr. Iyioha, Olu has proven to be truly resourceful and dependable, and is a highly valued member of the PEIF Fund organization - a view shared by other PEIF fund leaders who have been involved in working with Olu on his professional goals.
The PEIF Fund works with its mentees as they pursue advancement in their careers and education. Beyond its mentorship program, the organization offers coaching classes and consulting services, and works with interested individual mentees towards achieving their professional goals. PEIF Fund congratulates Olu on this impressive and well-deserved achievement.