Genesee Community College is pleased to host Dr. Isaac Ajewole, a Nigerian native who will speak on the topic of African Culture and Tradition on Monday, February 22 at 6:00pm. Sponsored by the Global Education Committee and the Student Government Association, the talk will take place at the Batavia Campus in the Conable Technology Building room T102. The cultural talk is free and open to the public.
Isaac Ajewole was born and raised in Nigeria. He came to the United States in 1964 on an international scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in January, 1967. In August of that same year, with a research assistantship award and a scholarship, he came to the University of Rochester to pursue graduate studies in Electrical Engineering. He finished the required course work for the Doctoral Program in 1971 at which time he was awarded a United States Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) fellowship and a University of Rochester Engineering Systems fellowship to pursue research in Digital Communication. As a result of this research, he was awarded a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 1974.
Dr. Ajewole started working at Kodak Research Laboratories in 1972. During his career at Kodak, he pursued research in photographic theory and technology. He has been granted many patents in the fields of Digital Radiography, Electrophotography, Digital Printing and Electronic Imaging and he has several patents pending. Dr.Ajewole has also published many papers and reports both within Kodak and at external conferences. He has been, at one time or another, an adjunct professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester and Medaille College.
“The Global Education Committee at Genesee is responsible for the oversight of our International programming and the education of our culturally diverse student population,” Karin Kovach-Allen, dean of Human Communications and Behavior said. “We are honored to have a distinguished, culturally diverse professional share his culture with the College community.”
Dr. Ajewole is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the National Honor Society in Engineering and Eta Kappa Nu, the National Honor Society in Electrical Engineering. He is also a member of African-American Who’s Who in Science in the Greater Rochester Area.
Now retired, Dr. Ajewole has been married for almost thirty five years and together with his wife, they have three sons. He is a respected member of the Nigerian Community in Greater Rochester which has bestowed on him several honors and awards in recognition of his contribution to the community and for fostering understanding and friendly relationships with other communities.
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Editor’s Note: A photograph of Dr. Isaac Ajewole is available at http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/I_Ajewole.jpg