Nigeria’s Robert Okojie Becomes Fourth Black Person To Be Inducted Into NASA Hall Of Fame

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Another day, another Nigerian making the country proud across the globe.

In case you missed it, an American scientist of Nigerian descent, Robert S. Okojie, has been inducted into the U.S’s National Aeronautics Space Administration‘s (NASA) Inventors Hall of Fame, making him the 4th black person with the recognition.

Okogie, according to NASA, joined the silicon carbide research group at agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland in 1999 and has gained worldwide recognition as the leading expert on silicon carbide-based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for use in extreme environments.

The successful scientist who has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute Of Technology has been working with NASA for 20 years and has 21 patented inventions to his credit.

“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,” NASA stated on its official website.

While at Glenn, Okojie has received numerous accolades, including in 2009 the NASA Abe Silverstein Medal for Research and in 2012 the Glenn Research Center Distinguished Publication Award.

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” and in 2007 was a recipient of the Cleveland Executive Board Wings of Excellence award.

Okojie has mentored several students at Glenn, all of whom have gone on to achieve high academic and professional success in their various fields. Currently, his research focus is in single-chip integrated multifunctional sensing for extreme environments.

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