A Nigerian-American, Robert Olusola Okojie, has been inducted into the United States NASA Inventors Hall of Fame.
According to NASA, Mr. Okojie joined the silicon carbide research group at agency’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland in 1999 and has gained worldwide recognition as the leading expert on silicon carbide-based microelectromechanical systems for use in extreme environments.
The successful scientist who has been working with NASA for 20 years has 21-patented inventions to his credit.
While at Glenn, Mr. Okojie has received numerous accolades, including in 2009 the NASA Abe Silverstein Medal for Research and in 2012 the Glenn Research Center Distinguished Publication Award.
He was also recognized in 2002 as the Scientist of the Year by the National Technical Association for his accomplishments in advancing the state–of–the–art microelectromechanical systems for use in harsh environments and in 2007 was a recipient of the Cleveland Executive Board Wings of Excellence award.
Mr. Okojie’s current research focus is in single-chip integrated multifunctional sensing for extreme environments.
His induction into NASA Hall of fame comes after another Nigerian Onyeama Ogbuagu, an associate professor of medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale School of Medicine, was identified as a key figure in the development of COVID-19 Vaccine by Pfizer