Olubunmi (Bunmi) Fariyike

Olubunmi (Bunmi) Fariyike is currently a junior studying Biomedical Engineering with a Minor in Hispanic Studies. His varied degree program reflects his interest in the intersection of engineering and social sciences and its role in mitigating healthcare disparities. He hopes to eventually attend medical school to obtain a combined MD/MPH, utilizing his engineering education and his fluency in Spanish to be a healthcare resource for traditionally-underserved communities and populations around the world.

Bunmi Fariyike

Bunmi graduated salutatorian from Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Georgia where he was captain of the school’s Math Team and Vice President of their Beta Club chapter. Inspired by his interest in the intersection of the social and biological aspects of cognition, he began a research project at his high school in conjunction with a PhD student at the Georgia Institute of Technology analyzing the environmental and genetic factors most influential in predicting the academic success of students.

Since arriving at Columbia, he has been heavily involved in recruiting future generations of Columbia Lions, giving weekly campus tours through Columbia’s Undergraduate Recruitment Committee and helping to improve the minority pipeline into STEM fields through Columbia’s Multicultural Recruitment Committee. He also was fortunate to spend the spring semester of his sophomore year in Madrid, Spain where he was able to continue to enrich his abilities in the Spanish language. Bunmi is also the current treasurer of the Ghana Team of Columbia’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders which currently works to provide access to clean water for more than 2,000 people in Amanfrom, Ghana. In the summer of 2018, he formed part of the travel team that oversaw the construction of two new water sources and a preliminary distribution system for those sources in-country. Before departing for Ghana, he worked through ICAP at Columbia, spending two months in La Romana, Dominican Republic characterizing the most urgent sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescent men in the area through surveying and data analysis. These international experiences have prompted his newest extracurricular endeavor, volunteering as a Spanish-English medical interpreter at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital.

In his free time, Bunmi enjoys furthering his abilities in other languages, principally French and his native Yoruba. He can also be found enjoying the rich global experiences and cuisine that New York City has to offer.