Oriade earned his invitation as a member of the winning team at Cajun Code Fest in Lafayette, La., held on April 26 to 28. Code Fest, hosted by the University of Louisiana’s Center for Business and Information Technologies, was a coding competition focused on transforming data into real health care solutions targeting childhood obesity. Participants included 125 individuals who organized themselves into teams before or during the event and built prototypes and tools to improve health care, by solving the childhood obesity problem, over a 36-hour period.
Oriade, whose specialty is nano-magnets, micro-magnets, and computer modeling and simulations, formed the team BE CAMP VB with seven other participants including Vamsee Alla, Christopher Burriss, Péter Molnár, Jackie Rowe, Betty Tanory, Robert Tanory, and Meredith Warner. Oriade also picked the team name, which is an assembly of letters from each team member’s name.
BE CAMP VB won the top Best in Show prize, earning $25,000 and entry to the invitation-only Datapalooza. While there, the team exhibited a booth on both days and presented a demo of their solution. Numerous other startup companies and contest winners from across the country were also in attendance.
Oriade said the amount of data that is becoming available presents great opportunities for developers. “The government and its affiliates are making large amounts of data now available to the public,” he said. “Companies and individuals can use this data to build applications and products that would help improve health, healthcare, and the quality of life.” This is similar to what has happened with the similar release of global positioning information (GPS) and weather data.
He also noted that the Code Fest he attended and other crowdsourcing events it bring out valuable ingenuity. “You throw the problems out to the public in a limited time frame and hope to fish out winners—an interesting concept and way to fish out the spirit of American invention,” he said. “To echo Todd Park, ‘there is no problem America cannot invent herself out of.’”
Oriade has served Bethany as assistant professor of physics since 2007. He has introduced computational physics components into the upper level physics courses and in laboratory work and emphasizes problem solving and problem-based learning.
Oriade completed coursework for the Higher Education Teaching Certification program at the University of Delaware and also worked with undergraduates there, winning the 2003 university-wide Excellence in Teaching Award and receiving a second nomination in 2005. Before his graduate work in the U.S., Oriade was an assistant lecturer of physics at the University of Ibadan.
Oriade’ s interest is in in computational and theoretical condensed matter physics. He was a Watkins summer 2008 fellow at Wichita State University, where he worked on aspects of topological defects arising during the reversal of magnetization in thin films. Oriade is also a member of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.
Caption: Bethany College Assistant Professor of Physics Adebanjo Oriade attended the third annual Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C., on June 5 to 6.