Oluseeni Komolafe is a fast learner. After coming to the United States from Nigeria at age 15, he completed high school in one year and gained early admission to the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Because of his longtime interest in medicine, Komolafe considered applying to medical school, but he also wanted to use his engineering background. “I figured I could marry both concepts by studying biomedical engineering,” says Komolafe, who completed a PhD in that field at Drexel University in 2010, writing a thesis on computational analyses of the Achilles tendon.
Next came a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center, where Komolafe is working under a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop prosthetic sockets that are flexible, comfortable, and strong enough to serve highly active users. As busy as he is at work, Komolafe could not resist the opportunity to explore some of his many other interests at SPS, especially when he realized that evening classes coordinated with his work schedule.
At SPS Komolafe has sampled courses in finance and project management from the menu of professional development certificate classes. “The instructors were experienced and brought helpful insights and a practical approach to their areas of knowledge,” says Komolafe. “My classmates were diverse in age and background, from undergraduates to lawyers wanting to change careers. Everyone brought something quite interesting to the table.” Komolafe sees the courses as “huge skill boosters,” adding that, “It’s not always something you need for your resume. It might be about making you work more efficiently in the job you already have.”