AH Young Scholar of the month is Abdulrahaman Okino Otuoze, PhD from Nigeria!
Abdulrahaman Okino Otuoze, PhD is a Lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He joined the University as a Graduate Assistant in 2010. He obtained his first degree in Electrical Engineering from the same University in 2008 before he proceeded to the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria in 2012 where he earned his Master’s degree in Electrical Power and Machines. In 2020, he obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Electrical Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor Bahru, Malaysia. He has since risen from the rank of Graduate Assistant through to Lecturer I in the Nigerian academic cadre system.
He has held some administrative positions including Examination officer and Level Adviser for some years. During the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by JAMB, Dr Otuoze served as a Technical Officer and he was also a Registration Area Collation Officer (RACO) at Moro LGA of Kwara State (for Presidential and National Assembly Elections) and Asa LGA of Kwara State (for Governorship and House of Assembly Elections) in the 2015 General Elections held in Nigeria. Dr Otuoze has been actively involved in the teaching of various Electrical Engineering courses at the University of Ilorin while also undertaking researches in the same field. He is a registered member of reputable engineering bodies such as the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); Council for the Regulations of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN); and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).
At an exhibition fare organized by the University of Ilorin in 2016, his project on “SMS Controlled Electronic Billboard” won the best prize. He has equally attended some national and international exhibitions, conferences, and seminars. Dr Otuoze has authored and co-authored about twenty-eight (28) peer-reviewed scientific articles, and he is an active reviewer for many reputable national and international journal outlets. He has been of positive influence to several undergraduate and postgraduate students. As a young academic, Dr Otuoze remains focused on building a research-based career while also contributing to community development.
His research interest borders on renewable energy; power systems protection in the areas of smart grid, advanced metering infrastructure, electricity theft detections and microgrids; and designs of advanced electrical machines. The African continent is faced with power supply issues ranging from massive electricity theft to managerial issues of the existing power infrastructure and lack of adequate expansion. Dr Otuoze’s research area offers potential solution particularly focusing on the next phase of the required power systems expansion and its security from both technical and non-technical points of views.
Like every young researcher, Dr Otuoze faced challenges while growing in his research career. He explains:
“As a young researcher, the main challenges I have had to deal with is the generally poor access to reputable journal articles and equipped laboratories as well as research sponsorship. Nonetheless, the drive for excellence in research remains the motivating factor.”
His advice to all young researchers:
“To all other young researchers, I would advise we keep offering our best to maximising the use of available resources bearing in mind that the solution to our problems is the integral sum of individual contributions.”
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