ME PhD Student Wins Leadership in Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (LEID) Fellowship
ME PhD candidate Aduramo Lasode was named one of the Graduate School's 2020-2021 LEID Fellows, an honor that recognizes students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or social justice through scholarly activity. The award offers fellows the opportunity to devote full-time effort to their dissertation during the fellowship year.
Lasode's research is interdisciplinary through the Thomas Murphy Engine Lab, and includes work on energy, combustion, and energy policy development. She is passionate about equity issues regarding access to education and energy. She found this passion at age fourteen years as a young Nigerian who faced cultural and systemic challenges in pursuing a major that would enable her to address fundamental needs in her community.
She sees her current research as a way to advance efforts in scientific communication that aid society’s renewable energy goals by ensuring affordable technologies reach where they are most needed. Reflecting on her journey, Lasode states that storytelling plays a crucial role in inspiring others to be the needed change in their spheres of influence.
Lasode is also winner of the following awards:
- HathiTrust Research Award (July 2020)
- Richard Stessel Memorial Award for Solid and Hazardous Waste and Research (June 2020)
- UMN SEED Award (November 2015)