Assistant Professor of Instruction
Dr. Olukemi Akintewe is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Medical Engineering and the Director of the first-year engineering program at USF. She earned her Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from USF, a Masters in Materials Science and Engineering from the Ohio State University, and her Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the City College of New York. Her research focuses on increasing the retention of women in STEM fields. Currently, she is investigating the underlying explanatory factors that impact female attrition rate and assessment instruments that measure the progression of first-time in college (FTIC) and first-generation females at the USF College of Engineering. Dr. Akintewe aims to develop a three-tiered mentoring circle for female students in the first-year undergraduate engineering program that supports learning, inclusivity, and the preparedness needed for academic progression. Dr. Akintewe has been an advocate for women and students historically underrepresented in STEM for years. In 2014 she co-founded the American Association of University Women (AAUW) USF Student Chapter. Additionally, as a doctoral student, she provided research experiences for USF undergraduates and local high school students. Her teaching and mentoring efforts have received recognitions, including the USF Systemic Transformation of Education through Evidence-Based Reforms Teaching Scholars Award, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Kathleen Moore Faculty Excellence Award, USF College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, and 2020 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) USF Student Chapter Faculty of the Year Award.