HOD's Profile : Department of Mathematics
CITATION OF PROFESSOR EZEKIEL OLUSOLA AYOOLA
Professor E.O. Ayoola was born to the family of Late Papa Samson Ayoola and Late Madam Felicia Ayoola of Jagun Compound, Apaara, Oyo, Oyo East Local Government Area of Oyo State.
Professor Ayoola attended St. Michael’s Anglican Primary School, Oyo for his primary education starting from January 1963 to December 1968. He subsequently proceeded to Anglican/Methodist Secondary Modern School, Ajagba, Oyo from January 1969 to December 1971. He subsequently attended the then Government Trade Centre, Oyo (now Government Technical College) where he studied Painting and Decoration. He received the City and Guilds Craft Training Certificate, Federal Government Craft Certificate and Labour Trade Test Grade II in Spray Painting and Industrial Finishing. Not satisfied with this level of education, while still at the Technical College, he studied for GCE Ordinary Level Certificate with the aid of the defunct Exam Success Correspondence College, Yaba, Lagos. He used the O/L Certificate to work briefly as a Survey Assistant, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Oyo State between 1977 and 1980. During this period, he had the opportunity of being trained as a Land Surveyor at Survey School, Oyo. He gained admission into the University of Ibadan to study Mathematics in October 1980.
Professor Ayoola graduated in Mathematics with a Second Class Upper Division in July 1984. He had the best result in Mathematics graduating class of 1984. He proceeded to the then Gongola State for the one year NYSC programme between August 1984 and July 1985.
Professor Ayoola was appointed a Lecturer at the then St. Andrew’s College of Education, Oyo in January 1986. He worked at the College for 3 years after which he was appointed by the University of Ibadan in February 1989 having successfully completed the part-time M.Sc. degree programme at the University during the period 1986 – 1987 academic year.
Professor Ayoola obtained the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics in December 1998 at the University of Ibadan under the supervision of Professor G.O.S. Ekhaguere, a world-acclaimed Professor of Mathematical Physics and a Non-commutative Stochastic Analyst of international repute.
After the completion of the doctorate, Professor Ayoola was promoted Lecturer Grade I in 1999, Senior Lecturer in the year 2002, Reader in the year 2005 and finally Professor effective October 1, 2008. Thus, he was able to make Professorship within 10 years of his doctorate.
Professor Ayoola proceeded to the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy during the year 2000 – 2001 for his post-doctoral training. He was a Swedish Institute Guest Scholar at the School of Mathematics, Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, Sweden from October 2004 to July 2005. He was granted Regular Associateship of the ICTP for the year 2003–2010. Professor Ayoola was a Visiting Professor, Mathematics Department, University of Pretoria, South Africa (November – December 2006), Winston Salem State University, North Carolina, USA (August – December 2005). He has served as an External Examiner in many Universities in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa among many others. He is a member of the University of Ibadan Governing Council representing Senate of the University.
Professor Ayoola’s broad area of research is Stochastic Analysis and Applications. In particular, he has made substantial contributions in the field of Quantum Stochastic Differential Equations and Inclusions. He has published over 50 research articles in the most competitive and best mathematical journals in the world. The reviews of his articles in the Mathematical Reviews published by the American Mathematical Society show major contributions in this field. This field has found formidable applications in several real life situations especially in engineering biomedical systems, finance, physics and biotechnology.
He is a member of the Nigeria Mathematical Society, Nigerian Association of Mathematical Physics and an Affiliate Member of the American Mathematical Society.
Professor Ayoola is happily married with children.