This series showcases the work of accomplished faculty from underrepresented groups. Invited scholars will give a research presentation and lead a second workshop to share their perspective on navigating an academic career. 


As part of our ongoing commitment to foster diversity within the College of Natural Sciences, the Dean’s office, in collaboration with the College of Engineering, has launched the Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series. Faculty from CNS or COE may nominate visitors for the series. 

Annual Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series

Ekundayo Shittu

Ekundayo Shittu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. 

Presentation, October 1, 2021 at 12 p.m., Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building: "Examining Equitable Accessibility in Sustainability Transitions: Utilities’ Solar Deployment and Low-Middle-Income Households"

Workshop for Graduate and Postdoctoral Students, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m., Gunness Student Center, Marcus Hall: "Reverse-Engineering the Paths to a Successful Academic Career" Registration required.

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences.

Ekundayo Shittu's research in technology management and the economics of renewable energy focuses on the interplay between public policy, competition, and energy technology investments. He also studies the strategic interaction between firms' technology stocks and the external environment through the lens of transaction cost economics and a resource-based view. Shittu's research has been supported by competitive grants, including from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Duke Energy Renewables, Toyota Mobility Foundation, and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. He was a lead author on "Chapter 2: Integrated Risk and Uncertainty Assessment of Climate Change Response Policies,” of Working Group III to the 5th Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and has reviewed and co-edited numerous articles and books. Some of the journals he publishes in, and reviews for, include IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Computers and Operations Research, Computers and Industrial Engineering, Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR), Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Applied Energy, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Naval Research Logistics, Journal of Vaccine, Risk Analysis, Systems Engineering, and Climate Policy. He also reviews reports for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He is a member of the U.S. National Committee for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), Strategic Management Society (SMS), Academy of Management, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE), Industry Studies Association (ISA), and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). He has a bachelor's in electrical engineering from University of Ilorin, Nigeria, an MS in industrial engineering from American University in Cairo, Egypt, and a PhD in industrial engineering and operations research from UMass Amherst.