Dr. David Olawale is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at the R. B. Annis School of Engineering (RBASOE), University of Indianapolis.
With experience in research and development in composite materials, energy storage and technology commercialization, he has published over fifty peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, including as lead editor of the book, “Triboluminescence: Theory, Synthesis, and Application” (Springer, 2016). He co-authored several book chapters including a chapter in the book, “Nanotechnology Commercialization: Manufacturing Processes and Products” (Wiley, 2017).
At the RBASOE, he focuses on the development of an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students. He combines practical technology commercialization experience from co-founding two technology startup companies and serving as a consultant for others. He is a bridge builder for promoting innovation through collaborations among different disciplines including engineering, business, as well as art and design. His efforts led to the founding of the Center for Collaborative Innovation at the RBASOE.
He is also the president and founder of Valgotech LLC, a company that was awarded the highly competitive Small Business Technology Transfer and Research (STTR) Phase 2 grant by the National Science Foundation to develop advanced Lithium Sulfur batteries for drones and other applications.