Oluwaseun A. Adekoya is a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure Nigeria with first-class honors in Mechanical Engineering. Oluwaseun graduated as the best student in his department, held several leadership positions and was an energetic Development Knowledge Facilitator (for the SDGs Club) during his NYSC. He is the Convener of the GEGAS Initiative (Get Educated, Get A Skill Initiative), where he focuses on ensuring access to quality education for the less privileged and vulnerable in Nigeria, impacting them with relevant digital skills needed to create change in their spheres of influence. As an Opportunity Funds Scholar, Oluwaseun worked with EducationUSA Lagos, was exposed to first-hand information and guidance needed in applying to US Schools and provided with the necessary resources needed to make his dreams a reality. Oluwaseun applied and was admitted to US schools but will be attending the University of Cincinnati, Ohio where he is now a recipient of scholarships and fundings worth $55,000 with additional stipends and support. Oluwaseun will be studying for a PhD in Mechanical engineering with his research focusing on the thrust area of intelligent manufacturing. His work is expected to focus on the use of methods from combined optimal design and control (co-design) to manage integrated system design decisions. He also hopes to use a relatively new, balanced co-design approach known as multidisciplinary dynamic system design optimization (MDSDO) to solve various automotive vehicles design problems. His research requires knowledge from a variety of disciplines, including engineering, business, policy, and industrial design. Oluwaseun appreciates EducationUSA in his words: “The excellent human interaction coupled with the lessons learnt during the mentoring program will definitely remain as fuel to my burning passion and desire of bringing about lasting development in Africa”.