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Dr Dr Wasiu Oyewole Popoola

Career Path: Associate Professor (School of Engineering), The University of Edinburgh
Location: Edinburgh, UK

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I am currently an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Previously I worked as a Lecturer in Electronic Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University and between March 2010 and July 2012 I worked at the University of Edinburgh as a Research Fellow on Visible Light Communications. I am also a co-author of the book `Optical Wireless Communications: System and Channel Modelling with MATLAB' published in August 2012. My research interests include Optical (wireless and fibre) Communications, Digital Communications and Signal Processing.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

While at Northumbria, I enjoyed the rare opportunity of being taught, inspired and mentored by renowned academics in my field.

What was the best thing about your course?

The up-to-date curriculum.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

Prof. Zabih (Fary) Ghassemlooy, the then Associate Dean for Research. He is simply a downright, well-rounded academic.

Which skills/ knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/ throughout your career?

How to develop an independent researcher skillset.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The technical and lab facilities and access to the academics.

What top tips would you give to our 2020 graduates when taking up their first position?

Approach your first position with great enthusiasm and keep your focus. Even if this position is not what you might call your dream job.

As a 2009 graduate, you will have experienced a climate of recession, what did you learn during this time that would help our 2020 graduates within the current situation?

Flexibility - be a lot more flexible with respect to the positions, roles and locations of the jobs that you will be applying for. Consider taking a junior role if offered in your industry of choice; use this to get your foot in the door and to acquire valuable experience. Leverage this to catapult yourself to greater things thereafter.

From securing your graduate role, what are your most significant career highlights? 

Securing the prestigious Chancellor's Fellowship position at Edinburgh University was quite satisfying.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Northumbria has so much to offer. Go and have a great time that will impact on life.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Northumbria - amazingly exhilarating.

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