2019 OVERALL ACADEMICS EXCELLENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA


AWOSUSI AYOTUNDE.

Ayotunde is a scholar, post-doctoral researcher in the field of sustainable systems and bioprocess engineering with the Institute for Development of Energy for African Sustainability, University of South Africa. In 2018, Ayotunde became the youngest foreign national from the continent (Africa) to bag a doctorate (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering) from the University of the Witwatersrand. In addition, Ayotunde holds a Masters (MSc) in Biotechnology from the University of Warwick, UK (aged 20) and a Bachelors' (BSc Hons) in Biochemistry from Bowen University, Nigeria. Wits university have seen a lot of exceptional scholars from everywhere across the globe including a diverse group of international students from everywhere on the continent Admission to advanced degrees was a privilege owning to the rigorous entry requirements, but only aged 22, Ayotunde secured admission to study towards a doctorate in Chemical Engineering. Daunting as it seemed, the young Nigerian managed to pioneer new thoughts on existing body of knowledge through his research which focused on integrating sustainable process for waste biomass conversion to energy and several other high-value commodities. In less than 4 years, the project had contributed to 5 scholarly publications in world-class journals, 4 presentations in scholarly conferences in Spain, Australia, Germany and South Africa and a doctoral thesis which was adjudged, by top 3 experts in process engineering globally to have met conditions and exceeded expectations, leading to the award of a PhD in Chemical Engineering in January 2018 at age 26.