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  Ibidapo Obe was born on 5 July 1949 at Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. He attended Lagos Street African Church Primary School, Ebute-Metta (1955–1961) and Obokun High School/Ilesa Grammar School (1962–1966). He later attended Igbobi College, Yaba, (1966–1968) Lagos State, Nigeria for his secondary education. He received a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Lagos, Akoka.
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Education Professor Ibidapo-Obe attended both Ilesa Grammar School and Igbobi College from 1962 – 1968 and the University of Lagos from 1968 – 1971. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics in the First Class Division by the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1971; a Master of Mathematics degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science in 1973 and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil Engineering with specialization in Applied Mechanics/Systems in 1976 both from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Career He served as a Visiting Research Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA (1980–1981). In 2007, he was a Visiting Research Professor at Texas Southern University in Houston, USA. He was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Akoka in the year 2000, succeeding Jelili Adebisi Omotola. He was later succeeded by Tolu Olukayode Odugbemi in 2007 after his successful tenure. Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe was appointed as the pioneer pro-chancellor and chairman of the Governing Council of the First Technical University, Ibadan. Professor Ibidapo-Obe was a Western Nigeria Government Scholar at the University of Lagos 1968 – 1971 and was the overall best graduating student of the University in 1971. Professor Ibidapo-obe was also a Commonwealth Scholar (Canada) (1972-1976); and NSERC/CIDA (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council/Canadian International Development Agency and a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar (1980 -1981). He served the University of Lagos from October 1, 1972, as a Graduate Assistant through 1976 as Lecturer Grade II till 1983 as Professor. Professor Ibidapo-Obe has served as Head of the Engineering Analysis Unit (1991 – 1995) and the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Lagos, (1995 – 1999). He was subsequently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in April 2000 and acted as Vice-Chancellor between September 2000 and April 2002.
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Professor Ibidapo-Obe was appointed substantive Vice-Chancellor on 1st May 2002 and successfully served until the end of his tenure on 30th April 2007. He was the Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities. He was 2-times awarded the Best Vice Chancellor’s Prize (2004,2005) for the Nigerian University Systems (NUS). He has published extensively in reputable international journals with some 100 papers after his appointment as Professor. The focus of his research is on Control and Information Systems in a Stochastic Environment. He serves as an honorary International Scholar-in-Residence at The Pennsylvania State University and a Visiting Research Professor at Texas Southern University both in the United States. Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe was invested with the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Science and Academy of Engineering, Nigerian Computer Society and Mathematical Association of Nigeria and a recipient of the ICOBA Merit Award. He was conferred with the national honour as Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2004. He is the Apeluwa of Ile-Ife. Awards and honours He received the following awards:
  • University of Waterloo Post Doctoral Distinction Award Fellow (1976). 
  • He was a fellow of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada (1977–1979)
  • Fellowship of the Academy of Science and Engineering.
  • Membership of professional bodies
  • Fellow of the Africa Academy of Science
  • Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)
He was a Nigerian professor of Systems Engineering educational administrator and Vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos. He died from COVID-19 complications on 3 January 2021.   Reference Featured image: Word
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This article was first published on 8th February 2022 and updated on February 17th, 2022 at 11:26 am


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