Prof. Funso Falade is Prestigious Plenary Speaker at IN4OBE Global Virtual Summit 2022
Funso Falade is a Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Lagos. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 1986 as an Assistant Lecturer. He commenced teaching as Lecturer I at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Lagos in 1992. He was appointed Professor in 2001. He was Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and he is the current Dean of Faculty of Engineering at the University of Lagos. He has published widely on the short- and long-term structural behaviours of innovative construction materials and engineering education. He has to his credit over 82 articles published in local and international reputable journals and has made contribution to two books. Prof. Falade is the author of a book titled ‘Strengthening of Distressed Buildings’. He has presented over 45 papers at workshops and seminars on such subjects as project management, quality control, maintenance of facilities and contract procurement process etc. He was given an Award at the First Nigerian Universities Research and Development Fair for the presentation of a research project of high standard and with relevance to National development in 2005. He obtained University of Lagos best researcher award in Faculty of Engineering in 2005 and 2010. In 2010, he won the National Universities Commission (NUC) individual Award in Science and Technology (Research) at the 4th Edition of the Nigeria Universities Research and Development Fair held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). In 2016, the International Federal of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) 10th Anniversary Leadership Award was presented to Prof. Funso Falade along with other Five person from the other regions in the world for their consistent, meaningful contributions to the work of the IFEES community and global engineering education since its inception. He also teaches at the Redeemed Christian Bible College, Christchurch Parish, Lagos, Nigeria.
In 2002, Prof. Falade initiated the African Regional Conference on Engineering Education (ARCEE) which led to the establishment of the African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) in 2006 in South Africa. He was the founding President and the current President of the Association. He was a Vice-President of International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES; 2008-2012). He is a member of the Governing Board of the International Centre for Engineering Education (UNESCO Category II Centre) jointly owned by Tsinghua University and Chinese academy of Engineering, China. In 2013, Prof. Falade championed the inauguration of the African Engineering Dean’s Council (AEDC) which took place during the 5th African Regional Conference on Engineering Education 2013 (ARCEE 2013) at the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. He was the Chairman, ARCEE Organising Committees in 2002, 2004 and 2013. He coordinated the 2006 and 2008 series of the African Regional Conference on Engineering Education in South Africa and Tanzania respectively. He has organised Capacity Building Workshops for Engineering and Technology Educators in West and Central Africa in 2015 and 2016 respectively. He has developed a network with African Engineering Educators in Diaspora who now facilitate at Capacity Building Workshop to assist in skills acquisitions by the engineering educators that are home-based in Africa.
Prof. Funso Falade is the editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Engineering education (AJEE) which maiden edition was launched during the 6th AEEA International Conference at Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa in September, 2016.
Prof. Falade was a Member/Chairman of the National Universities Commission (NUC) ad hoc Panels and Member/Chairman Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Accreditation panels to evaluate engineering programmes in some Nigerian Universities. He also served as a Member/Chairman, Federal Ministry of Environment Technical Panels to review the Environmental Impact Assessments of some proposed project. He is a COREN Registered Engineer; Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers; Fellow, Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers and Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the African Engineering Education Association and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.