Engineer aims to inspire children from minority backgrounds with STEM campaign

The Herald | June 10, 2019

Dr Ollie Folayan was destined to become a chemical engineer after deciding it would be his future at nine years old. Now Dr Folayan, chair of the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers AFBE-UK Scotland, is using his experience and enthusiasm to help inspire children from minority ethnic backgrounds and disadvantaged areas in and around Aberdeen to consider engineering as a career. With an engineer father, following in his footsteps was a natural choice for Dr Folayan. He said: I must have broken just about everything trying to figure out how they work when I was younger. I was definitely on the naughty step more than once.

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