WORLD RENOWNED Inventor of Fibre Optics and Nanotechnology expert, Dr Thomas Owusu Mensah, has been elected a Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Engineers.
Dr Mensah, already a Fellow of US Academy of Inventors, an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, was honoured at the Annual Gala of the Ghana Institute of Engineers during the 2018 Engineers Week celebration.
He was presented with the award by the outgoing president of the institute, Ing Mrs Carlien Bou-Chedid, during their annual dinner. Dr Mensah had earlier been named a Fellow of the Institute at Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
According to Dr Mensah he is humbled by this recognition bestowed on him by fellow engineers in Ghana after his recognition by engineers in the United States of America.
Dr Mensah explained to the DAILY HERITAGE that ‘Fellow’ is the highest level of membership in the Engineering profession and so deems it a great honour to be part of the 10 new Fellows elected in 2018 by the Council of the Institute.
The Minister of Energy, Boakye Agyarko, gave a speech on behalf of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Dr Mensah, who has several patents in Fibre Optics and published extensively in peer review journals, including chapters of books, discussed with the Minster how important the High Speed Train would help Ghana in the 21st Century.
“The project will enhance new investment flow to Ghana, for the creation of manufacturing industries, more jobs will be created and travel times to the north of the country will be reduced dramatically. This will cut down traffic congestion in Accra,” he said.
The Gala, which brought together Fellows and members from across the country and the globe and allowed friends to meet and reconnect , became an occasion to swear in a new president of the institute, who took office immediately supported by the Council of Fellows.
The new president, Ing Amoaning-Yankson, is a civil and transportation engineer who has worked on several projects funded by the World Bank in several countries, including Ghana.
Engineering students at the event had the opportunity to meet and interact with senior and well-established members of the institute.
Music and dancing made this event quiet memorable.
About Ghana Institute of Engineers
The Ghana Institute of Engineers has members and Fellows drawn from all the traditional Engineering disciplines, including Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, and Civil, making it the most diverse Engineering professional body in the world.