Prof. Olumide Sunday Adewale, fsca
Prof. O. S. Adewale, fsca was born over 50 years ago in Iworoko-Ekiti. He started his primary education at Ayedade District Council Primary School, Ikire and completed the same at Iworoko Community Primary School, Iworoko-Ekiti. He had his secondary education at Iworoko Community High School, Iworoko-Ekiti.
In his quest for further studies, Prof. O. S. Adewale attended the then Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University), Ago–Iwoye where he obtained a B.Sc. combined honours degree in Computer Science with Mathematics in 1991. He was the best-graduating student in the Department of Mathematical Sciences of the University in 1991. He later obtained M.Tech. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria in 1998 and 2002 respectively. Furthermore, in his quest to deepen his knowledge in the things of God, Prof. O. S. Adewale attended the Archbishop Vining of Theology, Akure, Nigeria where he obtained a Bachelor of Theology in 2017.
Prof. O. S. Adewale had his postdoctoral research fellowship at the International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy between 2002 and 2004 where he was involved in the high–performance and high–availability computing research. He was an associate member of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy between 2000 and 2005.
Prof. O. S. Adewale joined the services of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria in December 1993 as a Graduate Assistant and gracefully rose through the rank to the position of a Professor in the Department of Computer Science of the University in 2010. He was the Acting Head, Department of Computer Science, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, Nigeria between 2007 and 2009; the Head, Department of Computer Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, Nigeria between 2014 and July 2017, and a member of senate of the university. He was the Director, Computer Resource Centre, the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria from 2011 till January 2013. As the Director of the Computer Resource Centre, he pioneered the deployment of e-payment on e–Tranzact platform for the payment of all undergraduate and allied fees. He initiated and led the software engineering of the Technology, University of Technology, Akure Integrated Registration and Result System which has been deployed in the University. He initiated the process of laying fibre optics cable around the campus. He pioneered the inclusion of IT infrastructure in the design and construction of every new building on campus right from the development of the architect's brief.
He has authored three textbooks, many book chapters and published numerous articles in highly and reputable technical journals and conferences. He is a Fellow of the Society of Communication and Administration, and also a member of various local and international societies such as the Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Computer Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and Association of Computing Machineries. He has supervised and graduated many M.Tech. Computer Science and fifty (50) Ph.D. Computer Science students. He occupied the First Bank of Nigeria Plc. Professorial Chair in Computer Science of the Federal University of Technology, Nigeria between 2005 and 2009. He has served as an external examiner to many universities' undergraduate and postgraduate Computer Science degree programmes (outside and within Nigeria), polytechnic and college of education and has also served as a reviewer to several journals. He is a Consultant and Assessor to many universities both home and abroad, polytechnics and colleges of education on staff appointments and promotions matters.
Prof. O. S. Adewale has been a Member/Chairman of the National Universities Commission accreditation team and resource verification visit for new programmes on computing programmes to many universities. He was a Team Leader on Nigerian universities' needs assessment to all the universities in Akwa–Ibom and Cross River States in 2012. He was also the Chairman National Universities Commission Committee on Basic Minimum Academic Standards for Software Engineering, Cybersecurity Science and Information Technology programmes for Nigerian universities in 2016 and 2017.
He was at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti on a one–year sabbatical leave between 2013 and 2014 during which period he contributed immensely to the development of the University. At the Ekiti State University, he developed robust curricula for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Computer Science which have been approved by the Senate of the University. He contributed heavily to the splitting of the Department of Mathematical Sciences into three separate departments namely, Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics and Department of Statistics during and after the sabbatical leave.
He won a TETFund National Research Grant in 2015 for e–learning research for two years. He was a Chairman, Ondo State Government Visitation Panel to Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Nigeria in 2017. He contributed tremendously to the establishment of the School of Computing (the first in Nigeria) at the Federal University of Technology, Akure and he is providing necessary supports to other universities to enable them establish their Faculty of Computing. He was the Pioneer Dean, School of Computing (March, 2018–July, 2022) and the Chairman, Committee of Deans (August, 2021–July, 2022), the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. He is currently on a one-year sabbatical leave at the University of Delta, Agbor, Nigeria.
Prof. O. S. Adewale was ordained into the holy orders in the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion). He is married to a God-fearing Sister Risikat Oluwatoyin Adewale and the marriage is blessed with handsome and God-fearing children.