Atayero is the 5th and current Vice-Chancellor of Covenant – The leading Private University in Nigeria. He served as the pioneer Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Coordinator School of Engineering, and twice as HoD of Electrical and Information Engineering of the University. Covenant University has been recording landmark achievements since he assumed office in July of 2016. Notable among these are the following: entering the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (WUR) for 2019 as the Best West African University and the 6th African University; entering the THE Subject Rankings in Business & Economics in the 501+ range among universities globally; entering the Rankings in Engineering & Technology in the 501-600 bracket globally as the only Nigerian Institution; ranked as #151 Globally in THE Emerging Economies Rankings; ranked 301+ in the inaugural THE Impact Rankings for 2019. And most recently, ranked in the 151-200 range among universities under 50 years old globally in THE Young University Rankings 2019. In this last ranking, Covenant emerged #36 globally among the Millennials. Covenant won a African Development Bank Center of Excellence in ICT slot, and became one of the World Bank Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE-Impact) host Institutions with the Covenant Applied Informatics and Communication (ACE-ApIC) to mention but a few.
Engineer (Prof.) Atayero has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Satellite Communication Systems in 1992 and 1994 respectively. He earned his PhD from the Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation (MSTUCA) in 2000. A professor of communication engineering, Atayero is a Fellow of the Science Association of Nigeria (FSAN), Chartered Institute of Administration (FCIA); Chartered Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC); as well as a Senior Research Fellow of the International Association of Research Scholars and Administrators. Atayero is a COREN Registered Engineer and member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and other professional bodies. He has published over a hundred scientific papers in International peer-reviewed journals and proceedings. He is on the editorial board of several international scientific and engineering Journals. Atayero is a recipient of various awards and scholarships including: NIEEE Distinguished Communications Engineer’s Award of Excellence; APCON-#IAMBRANDNIGERIA CEO of The Year Award, IEOM Distinguished Leadership and Outstanding Educator Awards; Award for Excellence and Leadership, by African Entrepreneurs Foundation; the ‘Ford Foundation Teaching Innovation Award’ to name a few. His current research interests are in various aspects of Communication Engineering, including (but not limited to): Wireless Sensor Networks, Wireless (Mobile) Communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Cities, and Cyber Physical Systems.