Folake Akintayo

Lecturer, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, NIGERIA
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"I derive great satisfaction in solving problems and providing services that make life better for people."

INTERVIEW DATE November 3, 2016
HER JOB Dr; University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Engineering Careers
Civil |
I derive great satisfaction in solving problems and providing services that make life better for people.
Folake Akintayo, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, NIGERIA

ADDEDThursday, November 3, 2016

  • Q
    Describe what you do in your current work situation?
    A
    - Give lectures and supervise projects of both undergraduate and postgraduate students in civil engineering courses;
    - Conduct researches and participate in community service.
  • Q
    Why did you choose engineering?
    A
    - To contribute to solving problems of public infrastructural decadence in my country.
    - To inspire young girls
  • Q
    Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    A
    - University of Lagos, Nigeria - B.Sc. (Civil Engineering)
    - University of Ibadan, Nigeria - M.Sc. (Industrial Engineering), Ph.D. (Civil Engineering)
  • Q
    What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    A
    - Teaching and conducting researches in areas of interest.
    - Academic counselling
  • Q
    What do you like best about being an engineer?
    A
    The ability to solve problems.
  • Q
    Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    A
    - Ability to impact knowledge to my students
    - Translation of my designs to physical models
  • Q
    What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    Please tell us a little about your family.
    A
    Blessed with a happy family.
  • Q
    What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    A
    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.
  • Q
    What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    A
    - 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.
  • Q
    What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    A
    Engineering is:

    Engaging
    N-dimensional
    Galvanising
    Innovative
    Non-destructive
    Educative
    Enduring
    Rewarding
    Inclusive
    Non-boring
    Go for it!
  • Q
    Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    A
    I derive great satisfaction in solving problems and providing services that make life better for people.
  • Q
    Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    A
    Love to sing, read, and study nature.