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Abisola Kusimo

Abisola Kusimo

Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, expected 2021
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2017
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park, 2015

Research Interests

​I am interested in learning how and what are the tools for scaling up the teaching of effective design thinking and fabrication skills that will enable Sub-Saharan Africa to internally engineer its own innovative global solutions.

Current Positions

  • Graduate Student Researcher, Designing Education Lab
  • Graduate Student Council Funding Committee Co-Chair and At-Large Representative
  • Organizer of the Womxn of Color in Engineering Initiative
  • Studio 1 Community Assistant

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Honors & Awards

  • Diversifying Academia and Recruiting Excellence (DARE) Fellowship (2019)
  • Stanford Alumni Association Community Impact Award (2019)
  • ASEE 125th Annual Conference Best Diversity Paper Award (2018)

Selected Publications/Presentations

Kusimo, A., Sheppard, S. (2019) “Manufacturing Vulnerability: How Resource Scarcity Hinders Team Coordination in Manufacturing-Led Development in Nigerian Factories” American Society of Mechanical Engineers IDETC-CIE Annual Conference DTM Division.

Kusimo, A., Thompson, M., Atwood, S., Sheppard, S. (2018) “Effects of Research and Internships Experiences on Engineering Task and Innovation Self-Efficacy on Engineering Students Through an Intersectional Lens.” American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition.

Hobbies and Interests

Competitive Spoken Word poetry, Traveling, Cooking, Writing/Blogging, Running, Challenging dominant narratives, and Discovery through question-asking