Folake Akintayo

Folake O Akintayo

Title
Lecturer
Organization
University of Ibadan, Ibadan, NIGERIA
Location
Ibadan, (International), Nigeria
Folake Akintayo
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Biography

A Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Technology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and a Registered Civil Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). She obtained a Ph.D. degree degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Ibadan. She began her working career in a public sector agency responsible for the development of infrastructures in Abuja, capital city of Nigeria before she moved to a consultancy firm where she participated in the design and construction supervision of many road projects. Her main areas of engineering practice are teaching, research and consultancy. She provides engineering services and training on computer aided design/drafting, instructs students in engineering courses, both theoretical and practical, as well as guide them in writing their dissertations as well as supervise them when they are on Industrial Attachment. She is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN).

Education
B.Sc.(Hons)Civil Engineering - University of Lagos,Nigeria 1990 M.Sc. Industrial Engineering - University of Ibadan,Nigeria 1999 Ph.D. Civil Engineering - University of Ibadan, 2011
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Answers by Dr. Folake O Akintayo

Workplace discrimination against women is not new in engineering organisations. Many men including women still believe that engineering is a man's job. Have confidence in yourself and be diligent at work. Strive for perfection in your assignments, be friendly and you will gain the confidence of all and sundry in the shortest possible time.

Workplace discrimination against women is not new in engineering organisations. Many men including women still believe that engineering is a man's job. Have confidence in yourself and be diligent at work. Strive for perfection in your assignments, be friendly and you will gain the confidence of all and sundry in the shortest possible time

Dear Vinoth,
A site engineer gets quicker increment and posting than a design engineer and an estimator. This is because design works and estimating are components of her duties. A  site engineer must however be dynamic and highly mobile. Due to your commutation challenges, you may not be able to perform your duties effectively in this respect.  
The divisions in civil engineering discpline include:
  * structural engineering
  * foundation and geotechnics engineering
  * transportation engineering
  * environmental and public health engineering
  * engineering education, etc.

Your career progression in engineering profession is hinged on education, practice and experience. Build your capacity in your special area of interest that will be beneficial to your community.

Wishing you all the best.

Folake Akintayo

Civil Engineering is a profession where a knowledge of the sciences and technology is utilised for planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of facilities such as roads, bridges, buildings, waterworks , wastewater treatment plant, etc. for the benefit of mankind. It is a people-oriented profession where the overall well-being of the society is efficiently and effectively handled. Architecture is mainly concerned with efficient and effective way of utilising space to provide beautiful buildings (residences , offices, stadia, recreational facilities, etc.) for mankind.

Women in engineering have been subjected to all forms of rigorous activities during their study and training period. The drive to succeed in all challenges that might come their way is already ingrained in them. After all, engineering is all about coping with societal challenges in its various forms such as providing good shelter and portable water for the people, meeting their telecommunication and transportation needs, etc. What you see the women in engineering do outside is an outcome of their tough training and the drive to succeed. Thank you. Folake Akintayo.