Folake Akintayo
Dr. Folake O Akintayo
Lecturer, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, NIGERIA
Ibadan, (No State Selected), Nigeria

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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    - Give lectures and supervise projects of both undergraduate and postgraduate students in civil engineering courses;
    - Conduct researches and participate in community service.
  • Why did you choose engineering?
    - To contribute to solving problems of public infrastructural decadence in my country.
    - To inspire young girls
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    - University of Lagos, Nigeria - B.Sc. (Civil Engineering)
    - University of Ibadan, Nigeria - M.Sc. (Industrial Engineering), Ph.D. (Civil Engineering)
  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    - Teaching and conducting researches in areas of interest.
    - Academic counselling
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    The ability to solve problems.
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    - Ability to impact knowledge to my students
    - Translation of my designs to physical models
  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    The challenge of relating effectively with different cadres in the engineering team. Having to show respect for all and realizing that engineering is a team work greatly assisted me in conquering this challenge.
  • Please tell us a little about your family.
    Blessed with a happy family.
  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    Short-term goals: Get more involved in inspiring young girls into STEM.
    Long-term goals: Attain competence in my professional and other pursuits of life.
  • What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    - God, Who is the first Engineer
    - My late Dad, who greatly encouraged me in the pursuit of STEM
    - My Dad's late friend, who actually encouraged me to choose civil engineering.
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    Engineering is:

    Go for it!
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    I derive great satisfaction in solving problems and providing services that make life better for people.
  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    Love to sing, read, and study nature.

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).

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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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Latest Questions
  • Bukola asked Folake Akintayo, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, NIGERIA

    Added Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    As an intern, I face situations that threaten the the believe I have in myself becoming an engineer. How do I handle this and do you mentor up and coming engineers Thanks
    Related to Civil, Construction, Education, Engineering Skills, Opportunities/Challenges for Women, Self Doubt, Working with People
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  • Adedoyin, Abuja, Nigeria asked Folake Akintayo, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, NIGERIA

    Added Friday, October 7, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    I'm a graduate of Electrical and Electronics Engineering currently based in Nigeria. I have found that it is very difficult to follow this path and practice as an Engineer in Nigeria without people trying to make you digress into Information Technology. On this note, please what advise would you give to help me build myself in the Electronics career path which I'm really passionate about? I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.
    Related to Electrical, Engineering Branches, Internships & Jobs
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  • Vinoth, India

    Added Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Hi i've completed Bachelor Degree-Civil in India, and now am currently working as a Site engineer in UAE.. my question is Design, estimating or site engineer in which path I can get quick increment & posting? I have knowledge for this three divisions also But i have some commutation problem. But can you suggest any one division and tell me how can i develop my skills in that line. Thanks & Regards, Vinoth
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    Folake Akintayo, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, NIGERIA
    Answered Friday, November 2, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    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 ...

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