Uzoma B. Ayogu E’17

Uzoma (Uzo) Ayogu graduated from Duke University in 2017  with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering. He was born in Nigeria and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. Uzo has deferred his offer to work at Microsoft as a Program Manager to instead spend a year in Nigeria continuing to build his start-up, Releaf. They are using data to connect investors with middle market enterprises in Nigeria. Releaf is a Y combinator backed company (Summer 2017 batch).

While at Duke, Uzo chaired Pratt’s Undergraduate Committee on Diversity & Inclusion. He is also a member of the Engineering Alumni Council as ESG class President and a member of Dukes & Duchesses. Uzo is active in community building on campus as a member of and past president of Alpha Phi Alpha

Uzo has spent two summer sessions and a semester conducting undergraduate research: first, as an aeroelasticity researcher in the nonlinear dynamics lab and most recently as a drone researcher in the Intelligent robotics lab where he developed a conceptual system to autonomously deliver Anti-retrovirals to rural clinics in South Africa.

Internationally, Uzo has led engineering impact projects in Brazil & Togo and has been selected as a US-China emerging leader delegate by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

As a Melissa & Doug Entrepreneur, Uzo’s passions lie at the intersection of academia, innovation, and social impact.

Mr. Ayogu was elected young trustee by the undergraduate student body in 2017. He serves as a trustee observer for 2017-2018 and is an observer on the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and the Facilities and Environment Committee.

July 2017