The Directorate at CESRA
Prof. Joseph Olusola Akinyede (DIRECTOR, CESRA)
Prof. Joseph Olusola AKINYEDE is currectly the Director, Centre for Space Research and Applications (CESRA), Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Ondo state, Nigeria. Until his appointment in October, 2014, Prof. Akinyede worked as a lecturer in the Department of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geoscience Information Systems (GIS), School of Earth and Mineral Sciences, FUTA. He later served as the Head of the Department for a period of two (2) months. He has been a pillar to the young Department of RS and GIS where he has been lecturing and mentoring both students and staff, as well as sustaining teamwork spirit utilizing the advantage of his enormous work experience. He was appointed a professor at FUTA in September, 2013, while serving as the Executive Director of the African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English (ARCSSTE-E), affiliated to the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and located within Obafemi Awolowo University campus, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Barely four months after his assumption of duty at FUTA, was Prof. Akinyede appointed by the university to Chairman of the Board of CESRA.
Prof. Akinyede attended the University of Ibadan and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria where he obtained his BSc and MSc degrees in Geology in 1978 and 1981 respectctively. He also obtained his PGD and PHD from the International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC), now Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, and the Technical University, Delft both in The Netherlands in 1990. He is the first ever PhD graduate of ITC.
As a career civil servant, Prof. Akinyede has worked for over 30 years as a Research Scientist in three different agencies of government: Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, National Agricultural Land Development Authority and National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja, Nigeria. His reasearch experience cuts across diverse areas of applied engineering soil and geological survey and Remote Sensing/Geographic Information System (GIS) applications, with emphasis on terrain evaluation and highway planning, agricultural landuse planning and environmental/disaster management . As the Director of space applications, NASRDA, from 2001 – 2008, and Executive Director, ARCSSTE-E, from 2008 – 2013, he was instrumental to the production of the National Geoinformation Policy, implementation of the Nigerian Space Policy and programme and training of over 200 postgraduate students from 17 African countries. He has published over 50 papers/articles in books, journals and conference proceedings. His recent contribution to knowledge include his joint author of a book titled, ‘’ Nigeria’s Quest in Space’’. He also served as co-chair of a IAA (International Academic of Astronautics) Study Group on Space Life Science; he is a lead author in a IAA publication titled, ‘’Space Life Sciences Development in Africa Knowledge sharing’’. Prof. Akinyede is married to Mrs. Kehinde Akinyede and blessed with four children.
Brief on Balogun I. A (Ph.D) (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, REMOTE SENSING/GIS
Dr. Ifeoluwa Adebowale Balogun is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Meteorology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. He had Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in 2000, 2004 and 2012 respectively. He also attended and obtained certificates at the GKSS School on Environmental Research in Lunenburg, Germany in 2007; and the school on African Weather and Climate at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, Colorado, USA in 2011. He is an applied meteorologist with expertise in urban climate, biometeorology, environmental conservation and climate change. He research interest involves monitoring, assessing and quantifying landuse landcover changes impact on local climate, air quality and inhabitants comfort. His research interest also includes climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. He has authored and co-authored several publications in reputable local and international journals and has served as reviewer of articles in many journals. During his doctoral research, he is a consecutive winner of the Lowry African Graduate Student Award of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) and American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 2009 at Yokohama, Japan and 2012 at Dublin, Ireland. He is a member of several scientific associations and professional bodies among which are; Nigeria Meteorological Society (NMetS), International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC), African Fire Networks (Afrifirenet), Association of Nigerian Geographers(ANG) and Science Association of Nigeria (SAN).