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The Rector

ENGR. DR. AUGUSTUS OLUYEMI OKERector, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke

Born in Ilesa in the present-day State of Osun, the Rector of the Osun State College of Technology (OSCOTECH), Esa Oke attended St. Peter's Primary School, Isona, Ilesa for his elementary education before proceeding to the famous Egbado College, Ilaro in Ogun State; where he obtained an excellent result in his West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE). His tertiary education career started when he gained admission into the Polytechnic, Ibadan. It was at the Polytechnic Ibadan that he bagged both his National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. The demands of the one-year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) took him to the Federal Capital Development Authority, Abuja there, he was put in charge of fleet of vehicles, heavy duty equipment, generating plants and general administration.

His post- national service working career started at, the Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he took up appointment in August 1981 as Assistant Lecturer-in-Training. He was there till April 1983 before securing an admission into the School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. where he underwent two Masters Degree programmes, namely, M.\Sc. Energy Resources Engineering and M.Sc. Transportation Engineering.

Upon completion of both programmes in 1985, he returned to the Polytechnic Ibadan where he served as lecturer and engineering consultant from 1985 to 1991. Thereafter, he became Lecturer I and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department / Consultant between 1991 and 1993.

Engineer Oke became a registered engineer in 1992 by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering Practice in Nigeria (COREN) and Member, Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).

Upon the creation of Osun State from the old Oyo State in 1991 and the consequent autonomy of the erstwhile Esa Oke Satellite Campus of the Polytechnic Ibadan as a full-fledged Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke, Engineer Oke transferred his service to the new institution in 1993, thus becoming the pioneer Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering Department of the institution.

In 1996, when the College created the Directorate of Student Affairs, Engineer Oke was the pioneer Dean of Student Affairs. He faced the onerous task of combining this post with the headship of Mechanical Engineering Department until April 1999, when, as a Chief Lecturer, he became the Deputy Rector of the institution from April 1999 to December 2000, He later became the Acting Rector of the College from January 2001 to January 8, 2002.

Engineer A.O. Oke had between 1998 and 2002 pursued successfully his Doctoral Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Industrial / Energy Engineering Option) at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. He was between February 2004 and December 2009 on secondment to the Osun State Ministry of Water Resources, Osogbo as a Director. He returned to Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke in January 2010.

Engineer Dr. Augustus Oluyemi Oke, was appointed by the Government of the State of Osun as the Acting Rector again,to take over the administration of Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke with effect from January 11, 2012.

As a result of his landmark achievements within two years of his Rectorship in acting capacity, the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola approved his appointment as Rector with effect from August 1, 2013.

Engineer Dr.A.O. Oke, who was recently ordained as a Pastor of the Grace Anchor Church, Yemetu, Ibadan, is a registered member of the following professional / learned societies:

  • Member, Association of Energy Engineers, U.S.A. – - 1983
  • Member, National Society of Professional Engineers , U.S.A. – 1983
  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, U.S.A. – 1984
  • Member, American Institution of Industrial Engineers - 1984
  • Registered Engineer under the Council for the Regulation of Engineering Practice in Nigeria (COREN) - 1992
  • Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers (N.S.E.) - 1992
  • Founding Secretary, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ilesa Branch (1996 - 2000)
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief, Engineering and Technology Journal, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ilesa Branch (1998 - 2001)

Engineer Dr. Oke, an academic of great repute and intellectual store-house has several published seminar papers, journals, textbooks, inventions / projects and many other technological innovations to his credit. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

His hobbies are reading and gardening. Pastor (Dr.) Augustus O,. Oke is an erudite scholar, astute administrator and an innovator in Social Engineering.

Engineer Augustus Oluyemi Oke is happily married and blessed with children.

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