Omowumi Alabi

Space Science Educator

Region:          Africa

Field:              Space Science

 

Profile:     I am a space science educator with various degrees and academic distinctions. This includes an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree (IPhD), with triple honors in Geosciences, Physics, and Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA. I also obtained a Master of Science (with distinction) in Physics, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. I have over 30-year experience of teaching students at different academic levels. I currently work as a technical Deputy Director and the Head of the Space Applications (RS/GIS) division at the United Nations affiliated African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English (ARCSSTE-E) located in Nigeria. My primary assignment at ARCSSTE-E is to teach and train graduate African students on the applications of satellite data. I have also been actively involved in the Space Education Outreach Program (SEOP) of ARCSSTE-E. As the Head of ARCSSTE-E’s SEOP (2010-2016), I organized local, national, and international programs to promote the interest of girls, school children, and teachers in space science. These programs included the United Nations Human Space Technology Initiative (UN-HSTI) “Zero-Gravity Instrument Project” and the Robotics Education Program. In 2013 I founded the Talbott Initiative for Girls in Science (TIGS), a Mentorship Program designed to promote the participation of African girls in the physical sciences. In the not-too-distant future, I plan to commence a “Virtual Home Tutor” in Mathematics and Physics. This on-line platform will be designed in line with UN SDGs 4 and 5, to make qualitative education available to underprivileged students and promote the participation of African girls in the physical sciences.