Aderonke Morakinyo works as a freelance Project Consultant with Inweyth Integrated Services Limited Nigeria, a company she founded in 2015 (She is open to paid consulting and research opportunities). She also consults for other clients who seek her consultancy expertise in different areas of the project like science, education, environment, girl/women empowerment, science boot camps, research, etc. Simultaneously, she is currently enrolled as a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Physics at The Nigerian Defence Academy. she recently rounded up a master’s program at the College of Medicine, the University of Lagos as a Medical Physicist. Aderonke has a Master of Science in Applied Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics with Electronics, both from the University of Lagos in 2009 and 2014 respectively. Aderonke had worked as a Logistics Personnel, Research Analyst and Custom Relation Personnel at Nairda Limited January 2014 – December 2016. She worked as a Teaching assistant during her Master’s programme at the Department of Physics, University of Lagos, Nigeria.
From 2006 to 2009, at the University of Lagos, Aderonke served as a course representative of physics electronics student from 200 level to 400 level. From 2012 to 2013, she served as the assistant class governor for Unilag M.Sc. physics class of 2011/2012 session and the class governor for M.Sc. Physics (Geophysics options) class of 2011/2012. She was a GradEI member of the Energy Institute (London),Postgraduate Member , National Association of Medical Physics (NAMP),Associate Member,Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)United Kingdom, Member of the Nigerian Institute of Physics (NIP), Graduate Member of Chartered Institute of Public Management (IPM- Unique), Member of Millions Women Mentor (International Mentoring Organization), Volunteer Medical Corps and was once a delegate of the National Youth Leadership Summit (NYLES 2011) Held at Abuja, to address issues affecting the Youths globally.
Aderonke had the opportunity to work with different NGO’s geared towards education advancement, STEM and empowerment for young girls in secondary school and women. NGO’s like Women Technology Empowerment Centre (WTEC), WAAW Foundation, Eden GCP, Gemstone, Hope Foundation, Science Olympiad, Promenade Youth Initiative, amongst others. She had the opportunity to handle a few leadership roles and she is very passionate about female empowerment, youth development, and cancer management, research amongst others. She is strongly interested in human capacity development, mentoring, strategic consultancy, STEM activities, productive research, education, poverty alleviation, youth development, networking, sustainable and economic development.
She has authored more than 3 scientific projects, including Construction of Water level sensor (2009) Geophysical, Physiochemical and Microbial Analysis of Contaminants in Groundwater Flow (2014) Impact of Mass Media on Ebola among Secondary School Students (2015), Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoparticles inculcating Neem leaves and Lemongrass , with a published research article titled ”Physio-chemical analysis of contaminants in groundwater flow, Case study – Papalanto, Ifo local government, South-western Nigeria, Ogun state”in European research journal.
In 2015, Aderonke Founded and registered her Company, Inweyth Integrated Services Limited.A company that manages different kinds of project and consultancy services. She also founded an Initiative called Wean Youth Initiative (WYI), the initiative networks teenagers, youths and organization to opportunities that will empower and propel them to the next level of advancement. Aderonke was WAAW Foundation award recipient of STEM facilitator August 2015 and women green fellowship cohort recipient, March 2017.
Born in Shomolu, Lagos, Aderonke is based in Nigeria.
Why did you get into STEM?
While growing up as a kid, my brother was a major in Engineering and science. He mentored me to follow a career path in science. When I got into secondary school, I had a very good physics teacher (Mr. Debo Ojuade), he helped me developed a strong interest in physics and its practical application. I grew up pursuing an academic career in Applied Electronics, Earth, Medical, Nuclear, and Radiation Physics. Different branches of Physics though. My goal is to get involved in different branches of Physics, identify its social and economic application in solving problems encountered in the society, understand the basic challenges young people encounter and give back to my community i.e. encourage young girls and boys to pursue a career in STEM and to also mentor and help these students understand the practical application of the STEM Education they are learning. Basically, my love for science, physics, research and social impact of giving back to the community got me involved in STEM also.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
Basically, my greatest achievement lies in mentoring young girls in STEM path, seeing my protégés or mentees soaring high i.e. achieving their goals and objectives in life while developing myself and being productive also.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM?
As interesting as a STEM career path is, it is male-dominated. Therefore, I mostly find myself working with male colleagues. Most often, I tend to handle a strategic position on a project as the only female. I have to work harder and smarter while trying to achieve work goals, team goals, designing a project framework and getting every team member along. Sometimes during a board meeting, not all-male colleagues view the suggestions I give from a technical point. They might just re-buff the idea or brush it off without a constructive comment. Male colleagues at work don’t like getting directives from me or other female colleagues. Salary structure and bonus remuneration are preferential towards male colleagues at work, while an unmarried lady has to apply and explain why she needs a raise or compensation in bonus or other incentives at the workplace.
How have you overcome those challenges?
As much as possible, I have a good team spirit, interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence. All these attributes help me to relate well with colleagues mostly males even if they don’t view solutions from my point of view. I avoid strife and grudges as much as possible. In the case of remuneration, bonus and the salary increase, I engaged with the Human resources manager to understand the procedure for professionally obtaining benefits earmarked for me as an individual.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
I always encourage girls and women who have a keen interest in STEM to pursue their dreams and never let go. I would also love to encourage these young women to hold on to their goals, dreams, and aspiration. Such that, whatever height they desire to attain in life. They can and will attain with the help of God, hard work, perseverance, consistency, diligence, helping others and believing in themselves. Also, young women should support each other in achieving an individual’s goals and dreams in life because a single tree never makes a forest. I will also advice young girls and women never to be deterred or discouraged in planning and executing a project or business idea even when the whole world doesn’t buy your idea. Keep pushing because people will believe such work or business is impossible until you achieve it – Nelson Mandela. Not perfectly quoted though.