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Assoc Prof Bernard Kumi Boateng
Assoc Prof Bernard Kumi Boateng

The Council of the University of the Gambia has appointed Assoc Prof Bernard Kumi-Boateng as a Visiting Professor in the School of Arts and Sciences to teach courses in Quantitative Methods in Geography and Field Methods in Geography. The appointment is from the 6th to the 20th January, 2019.

Dr Bernard Kumi-Boateng is an Associate Professor in Geomatic Engineering at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, Ghana and currently the Dean of Students. He was educated at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, the International Institute of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, the Netherlands and the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, where he obtained his PhD in Geomatic Engineering in July 2012. Assoc Prof Kumi-Boateng has ample experience in land, mine and compensation surveys, application of geographic information systems, remote sensing in mapping vegetation and land access management which he acquired through both academic research and industrial consulting activities. He has carried out research of local, national and international importance, and has over 30 published papers and numerous technical reports on various subjects to his credit.   

Assoc Prof Bernard Kumi-Boateng is a distinguished scholar of international repute and has provided dedicated service for many years to the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa and others such as Kumasi Technical University and Takoradi Technical University. He has worked very hard and risen through the ranks to the status of an Associate Professor of Geomatic Engineering in 2016.

Assoc Prof Kumi-Boateng serves on the Ghana National Committee of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and in 2017; he was appointed to serve on the International Final Awards and Examiners’ Appointments Committee of WAEC. In that same year, he was selected by Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme of the USA to serve as a Reviewer to evaluate project requests from higher education Institutes in African Countries. He was part of a group of people sponsored by the World Bank for the first Regional Capacity Building Workshop on benchmarking African Universities.

His research interests include the application of Topology in Land and Compensation Surveys, use of Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques in Environmental Management and Spatial Statistics. He is a member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment, the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, a Member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, a Fellow of the West African Institute of Mining and a Professional Member of the Ghana Institution of Surveyors.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, congratulated Assoc Prof Kumi-Boateng on behalf of UMaT for the appointed and assured him of his unwavering support for him to succeed in his new role as a Visiting Professor. He wished him well and further told him to bring to bear on his new role the positive attributes he has acquired from UMaT and always let the core values of Truth, Knowledge and Excellence of the UMaT stand out and impact whatever he will do at The University of the Gambia.

Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Head, University Relations Office

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Prof Frimpong
Prof Frimpong
Prof Samuel Frimpong, a UMaT alumnus and a mining engineering professor based in the United States of America (USA) has been awarded the 2018 Daniel C. Jackling Award by the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) for his significant contributions to mining. The award was presented to him during the SME annual conference held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 
Prof Frimpong was awarded for his long-term contributions to mining engineering education, research, and professional development and for his international recognition as an outstanding scholar in mining engineering.
The Daniel C. Jackling Award, established in 1953, and funded by the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME), is presented to persons who significantly make contributions to technical progress in mining, geology and geophysics. 
Dr Samuel Frimpong is Professor and Robert Quenon Endowed Chair of Mining and Nuclear Engineering and Director of the Heavy Mining Machinery Laboratory at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA. 
He is also a member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) board on natural resources and Center for Disease Control of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC-NIOSH) research advisory board. 
He holds a PhD (1992) from University of Alberta, MSc (1988) from University of Zambia, and Postgraduate Diploma (1986) and BSc (1985) from the School of Mines of the Kwame University of Science and Technology (Now University of Mines and Technology, UMaT, Tarkwa). He had his secondary education at Opoku Ware Senior High School in Ghana.
Prof Frimpong has over 25 years of experience in research, education, consulting, and industry practice. He previously worked as Professor, Associate and Assistant Professor in the University of Alberta. 
He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Canada, and a member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Society for Modeling and Simulation International.
Prof Frimpong’s research has resulted in 1 patent, 3 books, 4 book chapters, 95 refereed journal publications and 145 refereed conference publications, among others. He has also delivered 23 keynote addresses and invited to make presentations at international conferences. He has successfully supervised 15 PhD and 18 master’s researches. He has also supervised 6 post-doctoral research fellows and 2 research associates. 
Currently, Prof Frimpong has several PhD students working on pertinent research areas in mining engineering including machine-formation interactions, mining truck vision, application of artificial intelligence to mining truck haulage, dragline dynamics, and others.
Prof Frimpong has also been recognised with Missouri S&T Chancellor’s Leadership Award, Robert H. Quenon Endowed Chair, Canadian Petroleum Institute’s Distinguished Lecturer Award, Award of Distinction by World Mining Congress, University of Alberta/CIDA PhD Scholar, Grand Award by Northwest Mining Association, a UNESCO Research Fellowship and a Life Patron of the University of Mines and Technology Alumni Association (ALUMaT).
As part of the award process, Prof Frimpong delivered the Jackling Lecture on “CYBERMINE FOR ZERO FATALITY IN SURFACE MINING”. This is one of his research areas which seeks to develop fully autonomous surface mining systems made of machines, robots and central information system capable of undertaking all the surface mining operations with very minimal human involvement.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)
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