Expert Urges Student Engineers to Embrace ‘Stempreneurship’
A distinguished Materials and Metallurgical Engineer, Professor Toyin Ashiru, has urged student engineers to embrace ‘Stempreneurship’ as STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), is very vital to the future and shapes humanity’s everyday experiences.
He gave the charge on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, while delivering a lecture titled, ‘Developing Entrepreneur Engineers to Bridge the Gap Between Town and Gown in Emerging Economy’, at the Town and Gown seminar of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant University.
The Guest Speaker said that, beyond entrepreneurship, a policy for developing ‘Stempreneurs’ was needed to add value by creating industry solutions with commercial viability. He added that Nigeria needs ‘Stempreneurs’ to develop from a consumer to a manufacturing economy, such that when STEM meets entrepreneurship innovation happens.
“Science equips us with knowledge about our natural world; technology covers computers and smartphones, television, radio, and even the first wheel; engineering encompasses buildings, roads, and bridges, and also tackles today’s challenges like global warming; while mathematics is the cradle of all creations and boosts our power of reasoning and problem-solving skills,” he explained.
Professor Ashiru, who is currently the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Tricontinental Group and a member of the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), posited that beyond the classrooms, there is need to work on the employability of graduate engineers, combining education with university/industry collaboration and eliminating skills mismatch and challenges with local content.
The University Don encouraged the Government to harness talents by putting in place suitable policies that will encourage STEM innovations across Universities and other related institutions in the country.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Professor Sunday Oyedepo, encouraged the students to be focused in order to take away the necessary nuggets that would guide them in making decisions in the future as they progress in their career. He noted that the experience of the speaker of the day was too vast to be trifled with and would make a huge difference in their journey as engineering practitioners.
Others at the event were the Dean, College of Engineering, Professor Christian Bolu, members of faculty, and staff of both the College of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.