LAUTECH don makes list of top ten world class scientists

 A lecturer at the department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Professor Abass Abiola Olajire, has been rated as number three on the list of ten top world class scientists in Nigeria.An alumnus of both the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU), Ile-Ife, and the University of Ibadan, he started his lecturing career at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso on September 2, 1990 as an Assistant Lecturer where he rose through the rank to become a Professor of Industrial/Environmental Chemistry in the same university in 2004. Prof. Abass Olajire is a Professor of international and national repute as he remains the foremost LAUTECH Professor with the highest number of publications and citations from Scopus and Google scholar databases. He is a seasoned scholar with over 100 scientific publications in internationally recognized journals, with 3965 citations and an h-index of 28. He was at the 66th position on the list of the topmost 100 Scientists in Nigeria from the Ranking Web of Universities (Webometrics) in 2015. He had his professional training as an Environmental Chemistry specialist at UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Department of Chemical Ecotoxicology, Leipzig, Germany in 2003, sponsored by the prestigious German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He has supervised many Master and PhD theses/ dissertations and he has served as a Postgraduate and an Undergraduate external examiner to numerous universities, nationally and internationally and such institutions include Federal University of Technology Akure, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile- Ife, Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and at the College of Science and Technology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. As parts of his professional accomplishments, the following were accomplished during his tenure as the Director of Academic Planning in LAUTECH: Establishment of a new Department of Statistics, in the Faculty of P/A Sciences, NUC Approval for the splitting of Academic programme from three to six new departments in the Faculty of Agriculture, Establishment of three new programmes in the Faculty of Management Sciences, Approval to all postgraduate programmes in LAUTECH during the auditing of Postgraduate programmes in Nigerian Universities conducted by NUC, which culminated in the publication of benchmark minimum academic standard for postgraduate programmes in Nigerian Universities by NUC. He wrote on Creating near-zero emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) from natural gas flares (NGF) in Nigeria: a novel environmental solution: A report submitted to Shell – NIGERIA on options of reducing CO2 emissions from gas flaring operations and he is an author to the popular Chemistry textbooks (Small Abass and Big Abass) among University students. He has presented Technical papers at International Conferences organized by Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationist, An Affiliate of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).Prof. Olajire is an expert when it comes to Academia-Industry relations from his previous and recent experience in the Spill Response and Remediation Unit, Health Safety and Environment Department of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) from 2007 to 2008 and he has served as an Environmental Consultant in charge of Effluent Treatment Plant of Dangote Sugar Refinery section of the Dangote Industries Limited from 2018 to 2020.–

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