Virtual Reality Researcher in Education to Teach Computer Science in Willamette

Willamette University is pleased to announce its new Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Friday (Fred) Agbo, a Nigerian educator and researcher at the University of Eastern Finland at Joensuu.

An innovative computer scientist, software developer and educational technologist, Agbo currently supervises and teaches graduate students through his university’s edTech research group. His academic areas include computer science education, software engineering, game-based learning, virtual and augmented reality technology, and he has co-designed virtual reality mini-games with students in the as part of his doctoral research.

About to complete his doctorate in computer science in eastern Finland, Agbo will officially join Willamette on August 1.

Over the past decade, Agbo has been involved in several teaching, research and collaborative projects, some of which are committed to improving the lives of his community and beyond.

An aggregation tool he developed in Nigeria facilitated microfinance loans for low-income residents and cooperatives for a state social investment program, while his Lokoja-based startup, Agfri Technologies, created a large-scale financial management application currently used by three federal governments and state agencies. In 2020, he contributed to the development of an educational platform through the University of Eastern Finland, the smart ecosystem for learning and inclusion, which supports the academic progress of students with disabilities via dashboards analytics and the use of blockchain technology. Eight other South American universities have tested the platform.

Agbo obtained his MS in Computer Science from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria in 2017 and his BS in Computer Science from the University of Jos, Nigeria in 2013.

As a young researcher, his career goal is “to teach and mentor students while conducting high-quality research at institutions that harness talent from academia, business and the public sector to prepare students to solve real-world problems,” he mentioned.

Agbo’s professional background as a computer programmer, software developer and systems analyst, along with his ability to collaborate internationally, complement Willamette’s growing data science program. He is excited about the faculty synergy, student enthusiasm, and new possibilities created by the university’s merger with the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

“I am fascinated by the Willamette motto, and look forward to developing strong student-centered teaching and scholarship that will impact the community and help build Willamette studies in data fields. , computer and information sciences,” he said.

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