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The University of Lagos (UNILAG) offers courses at postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate levels. It was founded in 1962. From a modest intake of 131 students in 1962, enrolment in the university has now grown to over 40,000.
- Car name: AUTONOV II
- Category: Prototype
- Energy type: Solar battery-electric
- Interesting car features: The car is shaped like a teardrop to minimise drag. It is painted the colours of the Nigerian flag. The body includes natural material from raffia plants.
- Years in competition: Newcomers
- Average student age: 22
- Record: Not yet
Shade is a year 4 student of Mechanical Engineering. She is a member of the mechanical sub-group, working on the steering and braking systems, as well as the vehicle aerodynamics. She is also the main driver of AUTO NOV II. Shade is passionate about technology and design and her future plans focuses on breaking boundaries for women in engineering in Nigeria.
Segun is a year 4 student of Mechanical Engineering. He is in charge of the design of AUTONOV II’s steering and braking systems, and the vehicle’s aerodynamics. Segun led a UNILAG team to a national public speaking competition, where they emerged second runners-up.
Abraham Imohiosen - Team Manager
Abraham is a year 5 student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He is passionate about science and loves new challenges. The team unanimously voted him their leader and in future he plans to complete a doctorate degree: “to give back to society through groundbreaking research and by mentoring young students”.
Abayomi is a year 4 student of Metallurgical and Materials engineering. He is part of the team’s materials group. He has loved engineering since he was a child and wanted to know how his toys worked “often with disastrous consequences!” Now he is set on becoming an underwater welder and using the competition to develop his skills.
Obinna is a year 5 student of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He works with the team to develop and install the battery management system and electrical/electronic accessories. He is passionate about technology especially new trends in mobile technology. It is not surprising that mobile photography is his hobby.
Paula is a year 5 student of Computer Engineering. She manages the battery management system of the car. She is proficient in seven different programming languages with a preference for desktop and mobile application development. Paula also has interests in cloth designing (beading & metal embedded garments).
Sola is a year 4 student of Physics. She is a member of the electrical/electronics group of the team. She developed an interest in the construction of electronic devices in high school, where she successfully carried out several electronic ‘design and construct’ projects.
Ike Mowete - Team Supervisor
Ike Mowete is a professor of engineering electromagnetic, specialising in antennas and propagation. Prof. Mowete has published quite a few journal and peer-reviewed conference proceedings papers in his area of specialization. He was a guest columnist with the Sun newspaper in Lagos, where he wrote about science and technology.