HBCU Male President of the Year, STEM Scholar, & Digitizing African Languages

Virginia State University (VSU) President Makola M. Abdullah, Ph.D. (DC A ’90), was named the 2017 HBCU Male President of the Year. Dr. Abdullah began as VSU president in February 2016. Previously, he was provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Bethune-Cookman University (FL).

VSU President Abdullah

Dr. Abdullah earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Howard University. His master’s and Ph.D. degrees in engineering are from Northwestern University. Click here for the news article from VSU.


As part of an initiative to fund local STEM/STEAM education, w3r Consulting awarded two scholarships at the 2017 Sankofa Black Business Gala. One of the scholarship recipients is Brandi Wingate, MI I 2018, a mechanical engineering major at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Wingate has served as an academic chair for the local chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for three years. Read the announcement for more details.


Omolabake Adenle, Ph.D. (MD E ’03), is profiled by Naijalife Magazine (Nigeria) for her efforts to digitize African languages. She is the founder of Aja.La Studios, a startup that builds natural language and speech processing applications for under-resourced languages.

According to the article, the company also develops language-learning apps, including their award-winning SpeakYoruba app, the first in their SpeakAfrica series of African-language learning apps for children.


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