A Nigerian-born American scientist Robert Olusola Okojie, has been inducted into the U.S’s National Aeronautics Space Administration‘s (NASA) Inventors Hall of Fame.
Okogie has been working with NASA for 20 years and has 21 patented inventions to his credit. He gained worldwide acclaim as the leading expert on silicon carbide-based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for use in extreme environments.
The scientist reportedly joined the silicon carbide research group at the agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland in 1999.
NASA website wrote;
“He holds more than 20 patents relating to high-temperature devices, including several licensed for commercial use that could reduce spacecraft weight, and thereby launch cost and fuel consumption, while leaving additional space for scientific payloads. He has also published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers relating to his field.”
Okojie has received numerous accolades including the NASA Abe Silverstein Medal for Research in 2009 and the Glenn Research Center Distinguished Publication Award in 2012. He was also recognized in 2002 as the Scientist of the Year by the National Technical Association for his “exceptional accomplishments in advancing the state–of–the–art of MEMS for use in harsh environments”. In 2007, he was a recipient of the Cleveland Executive Board Wings of Excellence award.
Okojie whose current research focus is in single-chip integrated multifunctional sensing for extreme environments, has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute Of Technology.