Adeola Deborah Olubamiji was born in Ibadan to the family of Mr. & Mrs. Isaac & Juliana Olubamiji. She attended Alafia Public Primary School and St. Gabriel’s Secondary Commercial School in Mokola, Ibadan, Nigeria. Despite her humble beginning as a child hawker, she surmounted all odds to become the senior prefect girl of her secondary school.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physics (with Electronics) from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria in 2008 and Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland in 2011. In June 2017, Adeola received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the 113-year-old University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada and made history as the first black person to have received this PhD from the university.
Dr. Adeola Olubamiji is a Nigerian-Canadian 3D-printing subject-matter expert and currently an Advanced Manufacturing Technical Advisor at Cummins Indiana. In her role at Cummins Inc., she co-leads development of Laser Powder Bed Fusion processes and industrialization of Binder Jet technology as a new business start-up. In addition, she is the Chief Consultant of D-Tech Centrix LLC (US & Canada): an engineering and education consulting company. She is the founder of STEMHub Foundation, a Canadian non-profit organization promoting engagement of minorities and females in STEM careers.
Her academic contributions have yielded several scholarly scientific publications, scientific conference presentations, a TEDx talk, and contributions on several high-profile scientific panels. Some of the awards she has won include:
- 2020 STEP (Science Technology Engineering and Production) Award by the Manufacturing Institute;
- 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing Award by Putman Media;
- 2019 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Canada Honouree;
- 2018 STEM Power Awards (Nigeria);
- 2017 Woman of Outstanding Achievements in Education by Canadian Nigerian Association, one of the 7 Nigerian Women Who Made History In 2017 by Punch Newspaper Nigeria, and so on.