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Ohio University student earns Engineering scholarship

June 18, 2007
By Anita Martin

Ohio University graduate student Damilola Daramola was named a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Scholar by the NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliates. This is the second consecutive year a Russ College student has received the honor.

Daramola, a 2004 chemical engineering graduate who is now a master's student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, received $3,000 and a complimentary trip to the NSBE Annual National Convention in Columbus, Ohio, this spring. He was selected for the highest level of this three-tiered scholarship program. 

"A lot of people usually apply for this scholarship, so I am excited for the opportunity given, and to see that the things I had done within this organization are appreciated," said Daramola, who is from Lagos, Nigeria.

In addition to his affiliation with NSBE, Daramola is also a Robe Leadership Institute Scholar and a former Academic Advancement Center tutor for mathematics, chemistry and physics. He placed third at a poster competition at the 2006 Eastern Regional Chemical and Materials Engineering Symposium in Lexington, Ky. This spring, he won first place in the category of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio University's Research and Creative Activity Fair.

Daramola now conducts theoretical and experimental research in the Electrochemical Engineering Research Laboratory under Gerardine Botte, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.  His thesis research focuses on electrodes for solid oxide fuel cells. 

After completing his master's degree, Daramola will either continue his research to earn a doctorate degree or gain experience within the energy industry.

According to the NSBE Web site, "Awards are given to student members who have demonstrated high scholastic performance, dedicated service to the Society and other organizations, and who possess high professional promise."

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