Title: Senior Vice President, Provost Ad Interim
Company: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Location: Northborough, Massachusetts, United States
Winston Oluwole Soboyejo, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Provost Ad Interim at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering, higher education and academic administration.
Inspired to delve into the field of education by his father, who was a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Libya in Africa, Dr. Soboyejo was surrounded by an academic environment from a formative age. Discovering the impact his childhood had on his career ambitions, he attended Kings College London in England, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering in 1985. Thereafter, he remained in England and attended the University of Cambridge, where he received a Doctor of Philosophy in materials science and metallurgy in 1988. Relocating to the United States, he commenced his career as a research scientist with the McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories in 1988, a role he held for four years. Throughout his career, he has additionally served Edison Welding Institute as a principal research engineer, the Ohio State University as professor, Princeton University as professor and director of undergraduate programs in materials science, and Mateng, Inc., where he currently serves as president.
Involved with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute since 2016, Dr. Soboyejo has been a Bernard M. Gordon dean of engineering and professor of engineering leadership, as well as a senior vice president and provost ad interim since 2018. Demonstrating excellence in his field, he founded the U.S.-Africa Materials Institute at Princeton University, one of six international materials institutes supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition, he previously held the role of president and provost of the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria. He has contributed to the use of nanotechnology and BioMEMS for cancer detection and treatment, the design of cold welded and laminated organic electronics structures, the design of bio-inspired dental and orthopedic multilayers, and the development of scalable ceramic water filters for the removal of bacteria, viruses and chemical contaminants from water.
A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the African Academy of Sciences and the Materials Science and Technology Society of Nigeria, Dr. Soboyejo is most proud of being on the advisory board of the United Nations Secretary General, a role he held for three years. Earning the opportunity to speak to Vladimir Putin during a conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, he looks back fondly on these memories. In light of all of his accomplishments, he has accrued several accolades, including a Research Initiation Award and National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research and an Innovation Award from Princeton University. He also received the Bradley Stoughton Award from ASM International.
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