Former University of Ibadan (UI) Vice-Chancellor Prof Olufemi Bamiro has celebrated his 70th birthday on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in a grand style at the Chapel of Resurrection, University of Ibadan. His family members, friends, and associates came to share in the joy of the occasion.
As an academic, he rose to the peak as Vice-Chancellor of the University Of Ibadan (UI). He also participated in programmes with the University Of Nairobi, Kenya and the University of Zimbabwe, Harare. With expertise in science and technology policy issues, Entrepreneurship Studies, and Information Technology, he served as Consultant to several companies in both the private and public sectors of the Nigeria’s economy as well as International Agencie
The birthday was marked with pomp and ceremony. Prof. Bamiro passed through many stages to become an enigma in Engineering and the academia. He is seen as man who used his God given talent to touch many lives.
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Professor Olufemi Bamiro had his secondary school education at Molusi College, Ijebu-Igbo, passing out with a Grade 1 in the West African School Certificate (WASC), Ordinary Level in 1965. He proceeded to Government College, Ibadan for his Higher School Certificate (HSC) and passed out in 1967 with a result adjudged to be the best in the country that year at the Cambridge Higher School Certificate (Advanced Level). He thereafter proceeded as Shell Scholar to the Nottingham University, Nottingham, England for his first degree graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Mechanical Engineering, First Class Honours. Between 1972 and 1975, Professor Bamiro attended McGill University, Montreal, Canada where he completed his Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in the record time of two years and five months after First Degree having gained special exception from Masters Degree.
Professor Bamiro joined the services of the University of Ibadan in September, 1975 as Lecturer I in the Department of Design and Production Engineering which later became the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He was promoted to the established post of Senior Lecturer, 1978; Reader, 1981 and the first professor of mechanical engineering in October 1983. He has served the University in various
capacities, which include: Sub-Dean (General), Faculty of Technology; 1977-1979; Sub-Dean
(Postgraduate), 1982-1983; Ag. Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1983-1985; substantive Head of Department, 1987-1988; 1994-1996, Dean, Faculty of Technology, 1988-1992; Director, University of Ibadan Management Information System (MIS) Unit, 1996-1999, Chairman, Senate Curriculum Committee, September -November, 2004. He served as the 10th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan from December 1, 2005 to November 30, 2010, a period of five years. Prior to this appointment, he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration).
Professor Bamiro is a recipient of many scholarships, Fellowships and Awards. These include: Western Region Government Scholarship, 1966-1967; Shell-BP Oil Company of Nigeria Limited Scholarship, 1968-71; Commonwealth Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1972-75; Post-Doctoral Fellowship, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1975; Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Research Council, 1980-82; Operation Crossroads Africa (OCA) Fellowship; UNESCO Fellowship, 1978; ANSTI Fellowship to University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1985-86. He was “Lecturer of the Year”, 1998/99 session, “Merit Award” Winner, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), amongst others. He is Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), 2004, Fellow, Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (FSESN), 1991, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science (FAS) and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (FNA Eng).
At the National level, he was the Secretary of the 24-man Panel that produced the Energy Policy for Nigeria in 1984; Member 6-man Committee that prepared the blue-print for the implementation of the National Science and Technology Policy for Nigeria in 1987; UNESCO Consultant for the Reform of the National Science, Technology and Innovation System in Nigeria. He is currently the Chairman of the National Research Fund under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
He is also the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode and Member of Governing Councils of four other universities.
Professor Bamiro has close to 60 Publications in Learned Journals and refereed Proceedings on Solid Mechanics, Energy, Science and Technology Policy and Entrepreneurship. He is also author of several books in Introductory Technology, Solid Mechanics for Engineers, and Entrepreneurship. He is Consultant to several companies in both the private and public sectors of the Nation’s economy as well as International Agencies. Prof. Bamiro was married to the late Mrs. Gladys Olayinka Bamiro with the marriage blessed with children and grandchildren. He is currently married to Mrs. Olayinka Motunrayo Bamiro.