AAA. Atayero, Ph.D., the Covenant University Professor of Communication Engineering, is the current and 4th Substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University. He served as the pioneer Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Coordinator School of Engineering, and twice as HoD of Electrical and Information Engineering of the University. Professor Atayero has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio Engineering, and a Master of Science Degree in Satellite Communication Systems in 1992 and 1994 respectively. He earned his Ph.D. from the Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation (MSTUCA) in 2000. Atayero is a Fellow of the Science Association of Nigeria, the Institute of Management Consultants, and a Senior Research Fellow of the International Association of Research Scholars and Administrators.
Engineer Atayero is a COREN Registered Engineer, member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and. As an avid researcher, having published over in International peer-reviewed journals and proceedings, Professor Atayero is the Team Lead, Covenant University Smart City (SmartCU) Project, as well as the Head, Covenant University IoT-Enabled Smart & Connected Communities Research Cluster. He is on the editorial board of several international scientific and engineering Journals and is a recipient of various awards and scholarships including the ‘2009 Ford Foundation Teaching Innovation Award’, as well as the 2017 African Entrepreneurs Merit ‘Award for Excellence & Leadership’. His current research interests are in various aspects of Communication Engineering, including (but not limited to): Wireless Sensor Networks, Wireless (Mobile) Communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Cities, and Cyber Physical Systems.
Early Life and Family
Professor AAA. Atayero was born on October 26, 1969 in Ikeja, Lagos State to Prince and Mrs. Atayero of the royal Atayero family in Ijeshaland, Osun State, Nigeria. He hails from Ilesa West Local Government Area. Born to a mobile public servant father who served as a Peace Officer and a medical practitioner mother, Atayero was always on the move from one part of Nigeria to the other. He had his primary education at the St. Agnes Primary School, Ikeja, Lagos; but as his father’s companion, he went to three different schools for his secondary education. These were Ila Grammar School, Ila Oragun (in the old Oyo State, now in Osun State), Urban Day Secondary School, Eleyele, Ibadan, Oyo State and St. Joseph Secondary School, Agege, Lagos: for his Forms 1 and 2, Form 3 and Forms 4 and 5, respectively.
Atayero earned an early credit in life when in 1986, he had the best West African Examinations Council (WAEC) results in the entire Agege-Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State. This feat was no doubt instrumental in the double Nigerian-Russian governments’ scholarships he earned to pursue higher (university) education abroad.
Atayero is happily married to a Russian wife, Olga, with whom they have three lovely sons- Remi, Femi and Fela Atayero.
Awards & Honors
- Fellow, The Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC), “In recognition of outstanding, and demonstrated commitment to creating, maintaining, extending and promoting the highest world standards of management consulting practice, ethics, competence and client service.” Lagos, Nigeria, Oct. 2017.
- Recipient, African Entrepreneurs Merit Award 2017: Award for Excellence and Leadership, by African Entrepreneurs Foundation, Abuja, Nigeria, Sep 2017.
- Senior Research Fellow, (Certified Advisory Member in Communication Engineering), International Association of Research Scholars and Administrators (IARSA), July, 2017
- Fellow, The Science Association of Nigeria (FSAN), Jul 2017
- Recipient, Nigerian Society of Engineers’ (NSE, Ikeja) Award for Excellence, 2016
- Host Professor, Carnegie – IIE African Diaspora Fellowship (ADF) programme, Jan – Mar 2015.
- Recipient, Ford Foundation Teaching Innovation Award, 2009/2010: “For demonstrated innovative approach to teaching, research, and mentoring of junior academics.”
- Recipient, International Center for Theoretical Physics (Trieste, Italy) Grant for Workshop on Low-Cost Wireless Networking, AUST, Abuja, October 2010.
- Recipient, International Center for Theoretical Physics (Trieste, Italy) Grant for FPGA and VHDL Workshop, Kumasi Ghana, 2005
- Recipient, Federal Government of Nigeria Scholarship: Bureau for External Aide, 1988–1994.
- Recipient, Russian Government Stipend: 1988–1994.
- Patron, Covenant University ENACTUS Group (2016 – )
- Counsellor, Covenant University IEEE Student Branch (2013 – )
- President FGBMFI, Prime Chapter, Ota (2013)
- Vice President FGBMFI, Prime Chapter, Ota (Nov. 2012 – 2013)
- MoU with Moscow Technical University of Communication and Informatics, Moscow, Russia, (Jan. 2012).
- MoU with DeLin Institute of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, (1st 2007)