Meet Oluwami Dosunmu-Ogunbi, the First Black Woman to Earn PhD in Robotics from University of Michigan

By Duchess Magazine

Oluwami Dosunmu-Ogunbi recently became the first Black woman to obtain a PhD in Robotics from the prestigious University of Michigan. Dosunmu-Ogunbi whose research focuses on controls with applications in bipedal locomotion, showcased her expertise and commitment to addressing complex engineering challenges.

Dosunmu-Ogunbi whose long-term goal is to become a professor, aiming to inspire future generations of engineers and researchers, has been actively involved in organizations such as the Movement of Under-represented Sisters in Engineering and Science (MUSES) and FEMMES, where she has served in leadership roles, demonstrating her commitment to supporting women of color in STEM fields.

Dosunmu-Ogunbi’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she graduated with honors. She later pursued a Master’s degree in Robotics and a PhD in Robotics from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

Her achievements have been recognized through various honors and awards, including the Intersectional Advocacy Award, the Bouchet Honor Society induction, and the MLK Spirit Award for Mentoring and Inspiration. She has also received prestigious fellowships and grants for her outstanding research contributions.

Dosunmu-Ogunbi is not just buried in books, she has a passion for global engagement and has traveled extensively to broaden her perspectives. She has visited numerous countries, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Thailand, and Taiwan, where she has engaged with diverse cultures and gained valuable insights.

Dosunmu-Ogunbi’s groundbreaking will definitely serve as a source of inspiration for aspiring engineers, particularly women of color, highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. Her dedication to advancing robotics and empowering underrepresented communities is a testament to her remarkable impact on the field.

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