Black History Month 2024: A Q&A with Oluwaseun (Paul) Folorunso – Faculty of Engineering

Black History Month 2024: A Q&A with Oluwaseun (Paul) Folorunso

Paul Folorunso

In celebration of Black History Month, learn more about BTech Automation Engineering Technology grad and current Master of Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering student, Paul Folorunso.

What brought you to McMaster?

I am an international student who came from Nigeria to Canada in 2016 and I am here at McMaster currently pursuing a Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering. I’m also a graduate from the BTech Automation Engineering Technology program.

Alongside my studies, I work as the manager of the The Learning Factory where we simulate an actual manufacturing factory. Its role is to provide hands-on experience to our undergraduate students by showing them how a real-life factory operates and giving them the skills needed to excel when they are done with undergrad.

What did you love most about BTech Automation Engineering Technology, and how has it helped prepare you for your learning and work today?

One thing I like about the BTech program is its hands-on approach to learning. I learn best when I am physically doing a task and BTech excels at that by providing a wide range of labs which give you practical examples while you learn the theory.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month is a time when we honour and commemorate the contributions, accomplishments and lengthy history of Black people and communities. It encourages inclusivity, empathy, and aids in the fight against prejudice and oppression from the past.

How do you think we can encourage more Black youth to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)?

Possibilities for networking can offer helpful advice and assistance to the Black youth and advanced efforts aimed at promoting inclusion and diversity in engineering schools.

Who inspires you and why?

My dad inspires me. He came from a very humble background and seeing how he was able to make a good life for himself and his family really inspires me to always be a better version of myself and makes me appreciate him every day.

What advice do you have for current and future Black BTech students?

Always stay curious, believe in yourself and find a good support system (friends and family) who can always push you to be better and develop soft skills. Just as your education is important, soft skills also help you stand out.