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Dartmouth Engineering PhD Student Receives NSF Fellowship

May 13, 2021   |   by Julie Bonette

Ayobami Ogunmolasuyi, an engineering PhD candidate at Dartmouth, has won support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

"I'm very honored to be among this year's GRFP recipients," said Ogunmolasuyi. "My research involves quantifying the mechanical and microstructural effects of impurities deposited from past volcanic events and fossil fuel combustion on polycrystalline/glacial ice. My next steps will include incorporating machine learning techniques to understand and predict the mass balance of ice sheets. It is exciting to work on cutting-edge climate research."

Ayobami Ogunmolasuyi
Dartmouth Engineering PhD candidate Ayobami Ogunmolasuyi

GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering, according to the organization.

"Ayobami is an outstanding student who is making excellent progress on his experimental study on the effects of impurities and stress state on the creep of ice. He is also undertaking various modelling studies in collaboration with Professor Colin Meyer at Dartmouth and Dr. T.J. Fudge at the University of Washington. I expect great things from him," said Ian Baker, the Sherman Fairchild Professor of Engineering and one of Ogunmolasuyi's two faculty advisors at Dartmouth, along with Meyer.

Ogunmolasuyi has previously received NSF fellowships for his involvement in the Joint Science Education Project and Data Science Infused into the Undergraduate STEM Curriculum. He is also a recipient of the PhD Innovation Fellowship at Dartmouth. He serves as engineering representative on Dartmouth's Graduate Student Council and is also a member of the executive board of Dartmouth's chapter of the National Society for Black Engineers.

Ogunmolasuyi received his bachelor of science in engineering with a specialization in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he was the recipient of the Richard A. Henson Scholarship.

GRFP recipients benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited US institution of graduate education they choose. These individuals are crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation's technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large, according to NSF.

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