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AKINYEMI, Olukayode Dewunmi 

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Olukayode Akinyemi had his PhD in Solid Earth Physics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, after which he proceeded to the Pontifical University of Curitiba, Brazil for postdoctoral research. He joined the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in 1998 and became a Professor of Solid Earth Physics/Geophysics in 2013. Olukayode has graduated 20 postgraduate students in (Environmental) Solid Earth Physics/Geophysics (in addition to many others he had co-supervised). He has over eighty scientific publications and coordinates the Zero Pollution in Groundwater Resources research group in the University. He was Head of Department in 2008, and in 2012 he became the Director of Research Grants Management. In the same year he was a Visiting Scientist, Ecohydrology Department, Wageningen University, Netherlands. In 2014, he was the pioneer head of the Hydrology/Environmental Systems and Climate Change Programme. He is a trainer/consultant to HEIs on research project management, effective advancement, and research grants mobilization. He was the Association of African Universities Visiting Professor to the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Legon in 2016. He is a national and international grants assessor; recipient of institutional, national, and international research grants and fellowships; and he has successfully negotiated and implemented multi-national partnerships, collaborations, and research innovations. He led the World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Agriculture and Environment until he assumed his current role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) on January 5, 2024. He is certified in technology-led Teaching and Learning Innovations in HEIs, Postgraduate students’ Supervision, and Research Management, from the Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Having headed both the Directorate of Internationalisation and Partnerships, and the Directorate of Academic Planning, at different times within the University, his interests include quality assurance, innovative curriculum development, benchmarking and ranking, and partnerships building. He has served as external examiner and he currently serves as a member of the editorial board of some onshore and offshore learned journals. Olukayode has assessed professorial promotions within and outside Nigeria, and has served on quality assurance committees for Physics/Geophysics undergraduate programme accreditations in and outside Nigeria. He is a fellow of the Indian Society of Earth Scientists; a member of Nigerian Institute of Physics and American Geophysical Union.

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Numerical modeling and experimental investigation of water and heat transfer in porous media, moisture transport across porous interfaces, and Ground spatial and temporal variability of hydrological and thermal properties. Subsurface pollutions and groundwater management. Near-surface geophysics.

  • Postdoctoral fellowship award by the Conselho National de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico (CNPq) – ôf the Secretary for Science and Technology of Brazil, Thermal Systems Laboratory, Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil. 2006 – 2007
  • Vice-Chancellor’s commendation of excellence as Assistant Coordinator, Pre-degree, Center for Human resources and Development, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria,  2002 – 2004.


Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

• National Institute of Physics (NIP)

• Geophysical Association of Nigeria (GAN)

• Nigerian Institute of Hydro geologist (NIH)

• European Institute of Physics

  1. Akinyemi, O. D., Sauer, T. J. and Olowofela, J. A. (2003) Fractal Characterization of the thermal and hydrological properties of clayey soil. Poster No. 317, A3-A8, ASA-CSSSA-SSSA Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA. 2003, (U.S.A).
  2. Akinyemi, O.D. and N. Mendes (2006) Experimental  validation of a heat and mass model in near-surface dynamics. (Refereed) Proceedings of the 11th Brazilian Congress of Thermal Sciences and Engineering, ENCIT `2006, (Brazil).
  3. Sauer, T.J., Ochsner, T.E., Heitman, J.L., Horton, R., Tanner, B.D., Akinyemi, O.D., Hernandez-Ramirez, G. and Moorman, T.B. (2008) Careful measurements and energy Balance Closure- The Case of soil Heat Flux. The 18th Conference on Atmosphere BioGeoSciences/28th Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology/28th Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology (28 April – 2 May 2008, Orlando, FL).

(a) Books;

(1)   Akinyemi, O. D., Badmus, B. S., and Vincent U. E., 2005. Physics at a Glance, Centre for Human Resources Development, Abeokuta, Nigeria.

(b). Refereed Publications

(1)    Olowofela, J. A. and Akinyemi, O. D. (2001) A numerical model for the migration and fate of contaminants in groundwater. Nig. J. of Sci., Vol. 35(1), 87 – 93.

(2)    Akinyemi, O. D., Olowofela, J. A., Akinlade, O. O. and Badmus, B. S. (2003) A numerical model to study the effects of sediment size and depth on the movement of groundwater in an open channel bend system. Nig. J. of Sci., Vol. 37(1), 75 – 79.

(3)      Akinyemi, O. D., Olowofela, J. A and O. O. Akinwale (2003) Effect of probe material on the measurement of thermal conductivity of soil. ASSET Int. J. (Series B), Vol. 2(2), 83-89.

(4).      Akinyemi, O. D. and Olowofela, J. A (2004) Variability of thermal properties of a dry sandy Soil. Nig. J. of Sci., Vol. 38(1), 52 – 59.

(5).     Akinyemi, O. D., Olowofela, J. A., Sauer, T .J. and Fasunan, O. O. (2004) Spatio-temporal variability and fractal characterization of the thermal conductivity measured in situ in a natural clay soil.  J. of Geophysics and Engineering, (Instutute of Physics Publishing) Vol. 1, 252 – 258, (United Kingdom).

(6).     Fasunwon, O. O, Olowofela, J. A and  Akinyemi, O. D. (2005) Analysis of geophysical log in the extent of saline water intrusion in coastal environment of Lagos, Southwestern, Nigeria: Science Focus, Vol. 10 (3), 144 – 147.

(7).    Akinyemi, O. D., Olowofela, J. A. and Akinlade, O. O.  (2006) Thermal conductivity of unsaturated soils with heavy metals concentration from the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. J. Zhejiang Univ. SCIENCE B, Vol. 7(8), 615-618, (China). [Abstract]

(8)     Akinyemi, O. D. and  Olowofela, J. A. (2007) In situ Spatial variability of the thermal conductivity and volumetric water content in a natural silty topsoil. J. Appl. Sci. and Tech.  Vol. 12(1 & 2), 52 – 57, (Ghana).

(9).     Akinyemi, O. D., T. J. Sauer and Olowofela, J. A. (2007) Reducing thermal contact resistance errors in measuring thermal conductivity of porous media. J. Appl. Sci. and Tech.  Vol. 12(1 & 2), 58 – 64, (Ghana).

(10).    Akinyemi, O. D. and N. Mendes (2007) Numerical and experimental determination of surface temperature and moisture evolution in a field soil. J. of Geophysics and Engineering  (Instutute of Physics Publishing) Vol. 4, 7 – 17, (United kingdom).

(11).    Akinyemi, O. D.,  N. Mendes, M. Jonsson, J. Meissner and S. De Linhares  (2007) Effects of Psychometrics Conditions on the Drying of a Porous Soil.  J. of Building Physics (Sage Publications) Vol. 31, No. 1,  73 – 89,( United Kingdom).

(12)    Akinyemi, O.D. and T.J. Sauer (2007) Effects of heat sink compounds on contact resistance of porous media. Thermal Science (Society of Thermal Engineers of Serbia and Montenegro publishing) Vol. 4, No.11, 113 – 124, (Serbia). [Abstract]

(13)    Fasunwon, O. O., J.A. Olowofela, O.D. Akinyemi and A. Asunbo (2007) Ground-Magnetic Study of Ijapo Area of Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. Nig. J. of Phys.  Vol. 19, No. 1, 89 – 96.

(14)    Sauer, T.J., O.D. Akinyemi, P. Thery, J.L. Heitman, T.M. DeSuter and R. Horton (2008) Evaluation of a new, perforated heat flux plate design. International Communications In Heat and Mass Transfer Vol. 35, 800 – 8004 (U.S.A).

(15)    Fasunwon, O.O., J.A. Olowofela, O.O. Ocan and O.D. Akinyemi (2008) Determination of Thermal Conductivity of Rock Samples Using Fabricated Equipment. Thermal Science (Society of Thermal Engineers of Serbia and Montenegro publishing) Vol. 12, No.2, 119 – 128 (Serbia).

(16)    Akinyemi, O.D.and N. Mendes (2008) Ground Temperature and Moisture Distribution using Different weather Patterns. J. Building Performance Simulation Vol. 1, No. 4, 257 – 274 (United Kingdom).

(17)    Fasunwon, O., J. Olowofela, O. Akinyemi, B. Fasunwon and O. Akintokun (2008) Contaminants Evaluation as Water Quality Indicator in Ago-Iwoye, South-western Nigeria. African Physical Review (International Centre for Theoretical Physics) Vol. 2, No. 2, 110-116 (Italy).

(18)    Akinyemi, O.D., J.A Olowofela and O.O. Fasunwon (2008) A Numerical Model to Predict Vertical Diffusion of Contaminants in Open Channel       Systems. African Physical Review (International Centre for Theoretical Physics) Vol. 2, No. 2, 173-181 (Italy).

(19)    Akinyemi, O.D. and N. Mendes (2008) Temporal Distributions of Temperature and Moisture Content of a Brazilian Field under Mild Weather Conditions. African Physical Review (International Centre for Theoretical Physics) Vol. 2, No. 2, 159-172 (Italy).

(20)     Akinyemi, O. D. (2008) Modeling Near-surface Hydrology in a Brazilian Field under Different Boundary Conditions. African Physical Review (International Centre for Theoretical Physics) Vol. 2, No. 2, 182-190 (Italy).

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