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Fort Valley State University will recognize 600 outstanding students during an annual ceremony that highlights exceptional academic achievements inside and outside of the classroom during the 67th Annual Honors Convocation at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in the Health and Physical Education Complex.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Paul Momoh, a 2002 FVSU alumnus and president of Agathos Laboratories Inc.
To qualify for Honors Convocation, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
About the Speaker:
Referring to himself as a life-long student, Dr. Paul Momoh has harbored a love of learning math and science from an early age in his birth country of Nigeria. His journey has not been linear, and his success is a true testament of grit, intellect, and perseverance.
Paul Momoh’s initial major at Fort Valley State University was electric engineering technology. As with many students, Momoh changed his major a few times, from electronic engineering technology to biology before finding chemistry. From the start, Momoh worked full time and immersed himself in student life. In 2000, Momoh helped establish FVSU’s first American Chemical Society student chapter and was president from 2000 to 2002. Momoh was also a member of the Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society. His presentation of work with Dr. Robin Bright at the 59th Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society and the National Institute of Science Joint Annual Meeting was awarded first place in chemistry. Paul was Chemistry Student of the Year in 2002 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry the same year.
Earning a chemistry degree was just the beginning of Momoh's quest for knowledge. In 2002, he was accepted into the University of Florida’s master’s degree program in chemistry. However, a month before he commenced his studies at UF, a professor he interned for the previous year, Professor Samy El-Shall, personally called Paul to invite him to Virginia Commonwealth University's chemistry doctoral program. Momoh started VCU’s program as a teaching assistant but was awarded a full research fellowship after his first year. Momoh focused on the structures and reactivities of ionized hydrocarbons and metal cations using mass spectrometry, laser, and theoretical techniques such as density functional theory and ab initio calculations. His work resulted in the publication of several peer-reviewed papers in top-tier journals and a ‘first-ever-observed lab results’ mention in Chemical & Engineering News. Momoh served as the student representative on the faculty hiring committee for VCU’s chemistry department from 2005 to 2007. Graduate school was not without its difficulties; however, Momoh lost his mother to breast cancer in 2003. His dissertation was dedicated to her.
After graduate school, Dr. Momoh was offered a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). At LBNL, he investigated the kinetics and thermochemistries of the hydrolysis of the phosphate backbone of RNA and DNA by synthetic macrocyclic complexes.
After a year at Berkeley, Momoh was offered a senior scientist position at Agilent Technologies where he oversaw research and development efforts on the iFunnel and other technologies which helped to bring the “world’s most sensitive” Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer to market in 2010. This earned him Agilent’s Barnholt Award for Innovation, given to an individual or group, out of 40,000 employees, that exemplifies excellence.
Paul left Agilent Technologies in 2013 to start his own business, Agathos Laboratories Inc. (ALI). ALI is a national administrator of laboratory and medical testing services. Clients include the US Army, US Air Force, FBI, various departments of public health, fire authorities, and others.
In his current position as president and CEO, Dr. Momoh oversees strategic growth initiatives for ALI. Under his leadership, ALI has seen an enviable four-year average annual growth rate of 125%. Dr. Momoh is also an angel investor with various Silicon Valley venture capital funds and syndicates like AngelList, Hemisphere Ventures, CoinList, and more. When not working, he and his family enjoy traveling, hiking, and exploring California.
Thursday, March 15 at 11:00am to 1:45pm
HPE Complex (Health and Physical Education Complex)
1005 State University Dr, Fort Valley, GA 31030