Next up in our ‘Get to know us better’ series is our colleague Abimbola Aluko from Nigeria.
How and why did you get interested in engineering geology?
I actually started out as a student of Civil Engineering. It was there I came across the course, hydrogeology and I fell in love with it. After my diploma in civil engineering, I applied to study geology at the University and was offered admission. In order to merge my diploma and first degrees, I opted to specialize in Engineering Geology and as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Where and when did you obtain your undergraduate degree and, if appropriate, your graduate degree(s)?
My first and second degrees are from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Info State. While my PhD studies is ongoing at the University of Ibadan, Oyo state.
Who have/has been your most inspiriting mentor/supervisor (men and women)?
My mentors are Prof. A.Y.B. Anifowose, my M.Tech supervisor and Prof. G. O. Adeyemi, my PhD supervisor.
Where there any/many other women in your university classes?
There were 6 other ladies in my undergraduate class, just 2 in my master’s class, and 5 at PhD level.
With what companies/organizations did you (have you) worked?
I have worked with couple of construction companies.
What are your main areas of interest within engineering geology?
Soil stability, Foundation of structures.
What were (have been) the most memorable projects you’ve been involved with?
The construction of a block of students’ hostel on a University campus.
Have you been in IAEG or your local young group?
What is it like being a woman in a man-dominated profession?
I find it quite refreshing as I love challenges. Oftentimes I find myself being the only female on the construction site.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I want to encourage more ladies to join the profession. There’s certainly room for more of us.
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