ROCKVILLE, MD – Feb 4, 2019 – Author, speaker, chemist and mentor, Robert Louis Shepard, PhD will attend the inauguration of his accomplished mentee, Professor Michael Olufisayo Ologunde, as he becomes the first indigenous Vice Chancellor (President) of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Ogbomoso, Nigeria.
As Visiting Scientist in Howard University’s Chemistry Department and researcher, respectively, on The Amaranth Project, Shepard and Ologunde forged a relationship in the mid-80s that spans across decades and continents. According to Shepard, “I have not looked at this work for over 30 years but as I revisit it today, it brings back memories of how even the U.S. government agency funding this work believed that our research had the potential of supporting a great need on the continent of Africa.” It was this shared goal of identifying grain amaranth as a sustainable food source under the environmental conditions in West Africa that bonded them for life.
Shepard will travel to Africa on February 9th, 2019, as an honored guest and speaker for Ologunde’s inauguration and induction ceremonies. His lifetime commitment to mentorship and advocacy for inclusion of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within the federal government has prepared him for this moment. His indelible imprint in the life of a young mentee over three decades ago made him deserving of this honor.
About Robert Louis Shepard, PhD
Robert Louis Shepard, PhD is a motivational writer and speaker. He coaches and mentors people to help them identify their enthusiasm, then use their capabilities to add value to their personal lives, to the organizations they serve, and ultimately to the global community. Shepard is described as a lightning rod of inspiration and a true pioneer based on how he forged new paths in his chosen profession and opened doors for others. His motto is, “It’s more productive to focus on your capabilities than on your limitations.”
About Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
Founded in 1987, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) is an autonomous public institution with campuses located in Ogbomoso, Nigeria. LAUTECH offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in technology-based fields such as pure and applied science, technology, engineering, environmental science, agriculture, and medicine.