Bolaji Segun, living his research dream

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Bolaji Segun is a visiting researcher to HAO working with Qian Wu using the TIEGCM community model to study equatorial ionosphere variations caused by geomagnetic activities and stratospheric warming. He received his Ph.D from the prestigious University of Ilorin, Nigeria, in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. J.O. Adeniyi, Prof. I.A. Adimula, and Prof. S.M. Radicella (ICTP, Trieste, Italy). During his Ph.D he was a Sandwiched Training Educational Program (STEP) fellow at the Abdul Salaam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, under the auspices of United Nations (UN)/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Bolaji merged the sciences of his three disparate supervisors to obtain reasonable clues to long-standing and controversial issues regarding coupling of the E- and F layer and its top-side dynamics.

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Bolaji Segun, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Currently, he is a Lecturer/Researcher at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is also a Project Manager (PM) of the Space Weather Observation Network over Nigeria (SWONON), which is under the auspices of the Center for Atmospheric Research (CAR), a R & D Center of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). As a SWONON PM, he coordinates and monitors all infrastructures for Ionospheric and Space Weather research throughout the country.

Bolaji's current research has shown how the middle lower thermosphere (MLT) perturbations couple the upper atmosphere in the 2009 Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW) event. The results revealed reduction in the upward propagating waves that simultaneously influenced solar quiet current during the peak phase of the stratospheric air temperature. Bolaji is observing the NCAR-TIEGCM to uncover possible underlying processes responsible for such unexpected reduced upward propagating waves. Concluding his visit in August 2016, he will be heading to the University of Tasmania, Australia, as a University Associate in the Department of Physics.

Bolaji is a native of Ifaki in Ido-Osi LGA of Ekiti State and was born in Lagos, Nigeria, into a family of 7. His love for Mathematics and Physics began as a student at State High Oyewole, Agege, Lagos, Nigeria. He was one of the top 5 in his science class. Later, he was encouraged to get involved in Space Physics research by Prof. A.B. Rabiu who supervised his M.Sc Thesis at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. Bolaji is a husband to a beautiful wife and a proud father to three wonderful children.