UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Dr Temitope Odedeyi awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship

8 September 2023

Dr Temitope Odedeyi, researcher in the Institute of Communications and Connected Systems, has been announced as the latest recipient of the Engineering for Development Research Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Dr Temitope Odedeyi

The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) offers Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early-career researchers to support them to become future research leaders in engineering. Among the twelve distinguished recipients announced this year, Dr. Temitope Odedeyi has emerged as one of the two awardees of the Engineering for Development Research Fellowship (EDRF).

Dr Odedeyi’s research lies at the forefront of developing cutting-edge technological solutions to predict and improve crop yields, driving sustainable food production in sub-Saharan Africa. Speaking on his thoughts on being awarded the highly selective Fellowship, Dr Odedeyi said: “I'm delighted to receive the EDRF from RAEng. The Academy's dedication to advancing development research and supporting early-career researchers is truly impressive, providing me with a launchpad to make a major impact with my research”.

His previous work on developing a device to analyse starch content using radio signals to empower small and medium-scale farmers in Nigeria was featured in the UCL Engineering Disruptive Video Series. 

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Engineering for Development Research Fellowships (EDRF) support research that will contribute to the sustainable development of low or lower-middle-income countries. During his five-year Fellowship programme, Dr Odedeyi plans to leverage advances in information, communication, and Internet of Things (IoT) technology to give farmers access to data-driven decision-making, optimised resource allocation, and improved post-harvest quality assessment. Through his work on improving agricultural practices in the Global South, Dr Odedeyi hopes to transform communities and make a lasting impact on food security globally. 

Professor Jonathan Cooper FREng FRSE, Chair of the Academy’s Research Fellowships Steering Group, said: “Engineering touches many aspects of our daily lives and is central to tackling the challenges that we face in the UK and around the world, in healthcare, security, transport, infrastructure, energy and environmental change. I am delighted to see the range of backgrounds and experiences represented from within this cohort of Research Fellowships. This breadth and diversity of new thought, scholarship and training will help deliver innovative solutions to meet the needs of our global communities. I am excited to see how these amazing researchers, at the start of their careers, will help to change the world”.