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Bolaji Adefolarin

Bolaji’s research focuses on the provision of security for internet related activities (Cyber Security) that produce large volumes of data (Big Data).

Why Purdue?

I chose Purdue because of its dynamic and multi-cultural learning environment. More so, Purdue's Cyber Security program (my research focus) is one of the best in the whole world.

Career goal?

I aim at becoming an IT Solution Consultant and a Professor 

Favorite fact about Purdue?

#1 destination for international students in STEM disciplines

Three words that best describe your work?

Solution, Technology, Assurance

If you have free time, how do you choose to spend it?

I spend my free time communicating with friends on social media platforms.

What's your workspace setup like?

My work-space is made up of a c-shape mahogany desk with multiple drawers, double 19" Dell monitors, external keyboard & mouse, Cortelco office phone and a swivel chair with arm rest.

What's your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

I capture most of the needed information from different sources on my iPad for later study and review on transit.

What's your favorite to-do list manager?

I use pen and stickers on the analog side, and the Any.Do app on the digital side.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without?

I keep my Apple iPad with me always because it embodies almost all the stuff I may need for each of my moments daily, such as scheduler, music, video, email, internet, camera, notes, caller, etc.

What do you listen to while you work?

I listen to a lot of old school country music and Christian songs.

I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions.

Ravi Zacharias and Elon Musk

What are you currently reading, or what is the last thing you read (aside from academic reading)?

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, written by Malcolm Gladwell

What's your sleep routine like?

I don't have a specific sleep routine, I work into the midnight and head for my bed when I start dozing. I find it very difficult to sleep in daylight though, except while on a long journey.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I have ever received is to be sure of what I wanted before dabbling into a process.

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What alums from this country are saying about their Purdue experience

After the University of Nigeria had offered me a scholarship in 1976 to do a graduate program in Engineering Geology in any good university overseas, I applied to universities in Canada and United States of America. I finally chose to attend Purdue University in 1977. I made this choice on the advice of a civil engineering lecturer at the University of Nigeria who had trained in the USA but not at Purdue. He said the following “If you want to get a good education in Engineering Geology in the United States, go to Purdue University but you must be prepared to work hard”. That was indeed how I chose Purdue.

Purdue prepared me on how to work hard and above all, how to carry out research and communicate findings. I obtained my Master’s and Doctorate degrees in 1979 and 1981 respectively. I left Purdue to return to the University of Nigeria in 1982. My training at Purdue paid off as I rose through the ranks to become a full professor of the University of Nigeria in 1990, and lately became the First Emeritus Professor in the history of the Department.

Celestine Obialo Okogbue

Prof. Celestine Obialo Okogbue
Emeritus Professor of Engineering Geology
University of Nigeria, Nsukka

There is no doubt that my Purdue education was the most important career preparation I had. The classes, projects and professors at Purdue enhanced my critical thinking and problem solving skills. My classroom work and projects mirrored real life situations that made it easy for me to transition from graduate school to my work life. The problems I had to solve on the job were very similar to the problems that I solved in my classes, so the skills were very transferable.

Beyond the academic side of my career preparation, Purdue provided me with many interdisciplinary learning opportunities that have contributed immensely to my appreciation for diversity of thoughts and the meaningful exchange of ideas. I had the opportunity to take classes with students from a variety of ethnic and academic backgrounds. Purdue gave me the opportunity to enroll as a dual-degree student, pursuing two different but related graduate degrees concurrently. It was very eye-opening to see and learn how the same concept is applied to address problems in different academic disciplines and cultures.

I enjoyed living in West Lafayette. Both the university and the local community are welcoming and receptive to international students.

Omolola (Lola) Adedokun

Omolola (Lola) Adedokun
University of Kentucky

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