From NASA to TEECOM
As a Designer at TEECOM, Ayo works with tasking, documentation, and model revisions, incorporating our production standards. His previous experience at NASA Glenn Research Center involved working with Silicon Carbide ohmic contacts inside a class 1000 clean room. Ayo also has experience with materials characterization and analysis, the scanning electron microscope, and X-ray analysis with an EDS detector at NASA Ames. Ayo views project management as a fluid and dynamic landscape, making him highly adaptable in his workflow.
Ayo picked up the drums when his parents surprised him with a set as an early Christmas present at age 11. He then taught himself guitar in college by talking to other guitarists and practicing in his own free time. Ayo was active in concert band, where he added to his musical dexterity with various percussion instruments. Ultimately, he realized he enjoyed a more free-form technique and switched to jazz. Ayo views music as the ideal stress reliever as well as a way to enhance mental skills and coordination.
As a lifelong soccer fanatic, Ayo watches all the major games and tournaments including the English, German, Italian, and Spanish leagues. He appreciates the style, skill, and technique one has to master to control the ball while running miles per game. Growing up in the flat terrain of Illinois, Ayo had the perfect landscape to go outdoors and kick a ball with his friends. He also describes the sport as the ultimate spectacle, with dramatic and controversial games in which teams can make a comeback at the very last second.
Secret Travel Tip
Since Ayo’s parents are Nigerian, he has traveled to numerous countries in West Africa, including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and his favorite vacation spot, which he describes as Africa’s best-kept secret: the Cape Verde Islands. At these ten volcanic islands off the coast of West Africa, Ayo says the most breathtaking beaches seem to stretch forever. Food is a crucial part of travel for Ayo, as he appreciates the power of people sharing meals. He believes culture and cuisine introduce us to all aspects and types of people in different settings because you break bread with family, friends, and even strangers.