Olumide Ogunmodimu is an assistant professor in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also a co-funded faculty of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI). Olumide obtained his B.Sc. in physics and solar energy from Bowen University Iwo, Nigeria, and holds a Master’s degree in energy studies and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering (specializing in the areas of comminution and classification in mineral processing) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Before he joined Penn State University, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) at the University of Queensland, Australia.
Ogunmodimu’s research spans the complete value chain of mineral processing research. His research specialization explores complex granular flow modeling, including particle breakage and their rheological and electrochemical properties using Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT), continuum formulations of industrial flows, and numerical modeling via the Discrete Element Method (DEM), Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Smoothed-particle hydrodynamics. He combines his knowledge of natural science, advanced mathematics, and process engineering to conduct cutting-edge research to foster innovation and ensure sustainable and efficient mineral processing.