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Ilesanmi Adesida

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Blue
Favorite Food:
Plantains
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nigeria, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Perfection is the enemy of good enough.

Birthplace

Born:
5/15/1949
Birth Location:
Ifon,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Light Blue
Favorite Food:
Plantains
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nigeria, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Perfection is the enemy of good enough.

Birthplace

Born:
5/15/1949
Birth Location:
Ifon
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Biography

Electrical Engineer Ilesanmi Adesida was born in 1949 in Ifon, Ondo, Nigeria. Adesida enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley and earned his B.S. degree in 1974; his M.S. degree in 1975; and, his Ph.D. degree in 1979. Adesida was awarded an IBM postdoctoral fellowship from 1979 to 1981. His research interests include nanofabrication processes and ultra-high-speed optoelectronics.

Upon graduation, Adesida served as a research associate at the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility and School of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University from 1979 to 1984. He then returned to Africa and accepted a position as the head of the electrical engineering department at Abubakar Tafawa Belewa University in Bauchi, Nigeria. In 1987, Adesida returned to the United States and worked at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as a professor of electrical and computer engineering. In 1994, he was appointed as a research professor for the Coordinated Science Laboratory and as a professor in the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. Adesida went on to serve in numerous academic and research capacities at UIUC. He served as the associate director for education for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Compound Semiconductor Microelectronics from 1990 to 1997. In 2000, Adesida became the director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory and was appointed as a professor of materials science and engineering. After serving as Dean of the College of Engineering from 2005 to 2012, Adesida was named provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. A mentor as well as a research manager, he guided the education of nineteen post-doctoral fellows, conferred thirty-four Ph.D. degrees upon his students, and supervised numerous undergraduate research projects.

Adesida has organized and chaired many international conferences, including the International Symposium on Electron, Ion, and Photon Beams and Nanofabrication; the TMS Electronic Materials Conference; and the Topical Workshop on Heterostructure Microelectronics. He also served as the President of the IEEE Electron Device Society and was named a Distinguished Lecturer from 1997 to 2002. In addition, Adesida was a co-founder of Xindium Technologies, and served as a member of the board of Fluor. He has been a member of the National Academies Board of Army Science and Technology since 2009 and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

For his many contributions and service, Adesida was awarded the IEEE EDS Distinguished Service Award in 2011. He was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Vacuum Society (AVS), the Optical Society of America, and the Materials Research Society. Adesida also received the Oakley Kunde Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and was elected as a University Scholar at UIUC. He was named as an Outstanding Alumnus of the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2009.

Ilesanmi Adesida was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 7, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ilesanmi Adesida's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ilesanmi Adesida lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about Christianity in Nigeria and the Yoruba religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about the ethnic groups of Nigeria
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about the pre-colonial government of the Yoruba
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about his primary schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about the education of his generation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about Nigerian Independence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about his secondary school education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes Nigerian cultural life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about Nigerian politics and the division between ethnic groups
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about the unification of Nigeria
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his secondary school interest in engineering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his secondary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes graduating from secondary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about attendibg night school at the University of Ibadan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his time at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his experience at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about his mentors at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ilesanmi Adesida discusses his doctoral dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his time as a research associate at Cornell University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his time as a professor at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his professorship at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about his graduate students
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his research on gallium nitrite
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes his position at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes being vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes being vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes the African American programs at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes the importance of state colleges and universities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ilesanmi Adesida reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ilesanmi Adesida describes the relationship between Nigerians and African Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ilesanmi Adesida reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ilesanmi Adesida talks about how he would like to be remembered