Professor Jeremiah Oludele Ojediran, a Professor of Agricultural Engineering, has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ota. A long standing academic of over thirty years experience, he was Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, and then Deputy Vice Chancellor at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho (LAUTECH).


Born on 13th January, 1955, Professor Ojediran attended Baptist High School, Jos and Federal Government College, Sokoto. He went to the University of Ibadan for his B.Sc degree in Agricultural Engineering and then proceeded to the Silsoe College, Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University), Silsoe Bedford, UK where he obtained an M.Sc. Agricultural Engineering. He later bagged a PhD in the same discipline from his Alma Mater, University of Ibadan.


He is a registered member of several professional and academic bodies like the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE); Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN); Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE); Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (SESN); and an associate member of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers, Silsoe, UK.


A seasoned academic, he has garnered experience in teaching and research having supervised undergraduate, postgraduate diploma, MSc and PhD students; and taught severally in universities. Institutions he has traversed and held important positions include; Director, College of Engineering, Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic (1992); Visiting Professor, Department of Agricultural Mechanisation and Irrigation, University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, Ghana (2012-2013); Visiting Professor, Department of Agricultural and Bio-Systems Engineering, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara (2013-2014); and Visiting Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun (2014-2016).


He was External Examiner at the Department of Agricultural Engineering at Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna; Department of Agricultural Engineering Water Resources, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin; Department of Agricultural Engineering, Federal Polytechnic, Bida; Department of Mechanical Engineering,School of Vocational and Technical Education, St. Andrews College of Education, Oyo; Department of Agricultural Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Akure; and Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ibadan.


Professor Ojediran was also the Chairman, NUC Accreditation Panel to evaluate undergraduate degree programmes in Engineering at Enugu State University, Enugu; and, also, of the NUC ad-hoc Accreditation Panel to evaluate undergraduate degree programmes in Engineering at Imo State University, Owerri; member of the NUC Accreditation Panel to evaluate undergraduate degree programmes in Engineering at University of Ibadan and Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.


He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for Year 2006 from The Nigerian Society of Engineers, Ibadan Branch; and Faculty of Engineering and Technology Leadership Award from LAUTECH, Ogbomosho.


He has several publications to his credit, numbering over 50 in categories of dissertations, books, chapters in books, monographs, journal articles, occasional papers, and conference proceedings. He has participated in conferences such as the Nigerian Society of Agricultural Engineers (NSAE) National Conference, Maiduguri; 4th Annual Engineering Conference, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUTMINNA); 3rd International Conference on Engineering and Technology Research, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, LAUTECH, Ogbomosho; and the 23rd Engineering Assembly, National Conference Centre, Abuja


Professor Jeremiah OludeleOjediran is married and blessed with children.


The new Vice-Chancellor assumes office today Monday 1st August, 2016. We welcome our new Chief Executive and pray that his leadership brings a wonderful and prosperous chapter in the history of the University.