Winston Soboyejo, Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering

[Nanomedicine] represents the new frontier in medicine that we as Africans can connect to address our medical challenges. The idea is to train the next generation of people informed by global best practice but inspired by our own local problems.

WINSTON O. SOBOYEJO - President, African University of Science and Technology - Professor, Princeton University


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MLK Visiting Professor 1997-1998
Hosted by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Winston Soboyejo is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. At the time of his MIT appointment, he was an Associate Professor at Ohio State University. Research interests: biomaterials and nanoparticles for disease detection & treatment; MEMS and BioMEMS; fatigue and fracture of materials; alternative energy systems; affordable infrastructure.

1997-1998 Scholars

Engineering a Difference

Engineering professor Winston (Wolé) Soboyejo discusses his camel solar refrigerator project, which may improve vaccine delivery in remote areas of Kenya and Ethiopia

Winston O. Soboyejo is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University. At the time of his MIT appointment, he was an Associate Professor at Ohio State University. His research interests are: biomaterials and nanoparticles for disease detection & treatment; MEMS and BioMEMS; fatigue and fracture of materials; alternative energy systems; affordable infrastructure.

Dr. Soboyejo was educated at King's College London and at The University of Cambridge, from which he earned the PhD in 1988. That year, he went to the the United States as a research scientist at The McDonnell Douglas Research Labs in St. Louis, MO.

In 1992, he worked briefly as a Principal Research Engineer at the Edison Welding Institute before joining the engineering faculty of The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

Dr. Soboyejo moved to Princeton University in 1999 as a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He is also Director of the U.S./Africa Materials Institute, and Director of the Undergraduate Research Program at The Princeton Institute of Science and Technology of Materials. 

His research focuses on experimental studies of biomaterials and the mechanical behavior of materials. Current areas of interest include micromechanical machines, nanoparticles for disease detection, biomedical systems for prostheses, and cardiovascular systems, infrastructure materials, and alternative energy systems.

Dr. Soboyeyo is President of the African University of Science and Technology

He has been an appointed Fellow at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, at the Materials Society of Nigeria, and at the Nigerian Academy of Science.

As a 1997-98 MLK Visiting Professor at MIT, he was hosted by both the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

African University of Science and Technology

President's Welcome Message


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Dear Prospective Students and Friends of AUST,

I am pleased to use this opportunity to introduce you to the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja. AUST-Abuja was founded in 2007 by the Nelson Mandela Instituition (NMI) with the idea of developing an African centre of excellence in science, technology and innovation, with a focus on energy.

Since the first class in 2008, AUST-Abuja has offered MSc and PhD programs in Petroleum Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science and Engineering, Pure and Applied Mathematics, and Theoretical Physics.

Beyond these core subjects, our students also have the opportunity to participate in certificate programs in interdisciplinary areas that enable them to learn more about Business and Innovation, Energy and Environmental Engineering, and Biological Science and Engineering. Hence all AUST-Abuja students have the opportunity to recieve a hybrid education that includes a strong foundation in a core discipline, and interdisciplinary preparation in exciting new areas that prepare them for careers in business policy and/or to make cutting-edge contributions to science , technology and innovation.

Our vision is to build a centre of excellence for science and technology research and education in Africa. AUST-Abuja scientists and engineers engage in research that addresses African needs in energy, water, infrastructure, health, and telecommunications. They are developing new organic solar cells and light emitting devices, water filters, sustainable building materials and nanoparticles/BioMEMS for detection and treatment of cancer. Our research groups are also exploring the frontiers of pure and applied mathematics, as well as theoretical physics, where we have some of the leading minds in Africa.

So come and join us at AUST and become part of a new generation of African Lions.

Sincerely,

Prof. Wole Soboyejo
President

Selected, 2005-2010

​W. O. Akande, O. Akogwu, T. Tong and W. Soboyejo, Thermally Induced Instabilities in Polymer Light Emitting Diodes, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 108, 023510, 2010.

J. Meng, G. Galiana, T. Branca, J. Zhou, C. Leuschner, C. Kumar, T. Otiti, A. Beye, J. Hormes, W. Warren and W. O. Soboyejo, LHRH-Functionalized Magnetite Nanoparticles For Breast Cancer targeting and Contrast Enhancement in MRS, Materials Science and Engineering C, 2009.

M. Akbulut, P. Ginart, M. Gindy, C. Theriault, K. Chin, W. Soboyejo and R. Prudhomme, Generic method of preparing fluorescent nanoparticles using Flash NanoPrecipitation (FNP), Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 19, pp. 718-725, 2009.

T. Tong, O. Akogwu, J. Meng, J. Eleruja, S. Admassie, B. Babatope, T. Woodson, Z. Zong, N. Rahbar, C. Watola, and W.O. Soboyejo, Adhesion in Organic Electronic Structures, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol 106, pp. 083708, 2009.

N. Rahbar, A. Orana, K. Wolf, J. Meng, G. Papandreau, C. Marynhoff and W. O. Soboyejo, Adhesion and Interfacial Fracture Toughness of Drug Eluting Stents, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 104, pp. 103533-1 - 103533-5, 2008.

J. Zhou, C. Leuschner, C. Kumar, C. Hormes and W. O. Soboyejo, Sub-Cellular Accumulation of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Breast Tumor and Metasteses, Biomaterials, Vol. 27, pp. 2001-2008, 2005.

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