Assoc Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong Inducted into the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS)

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Prof Grace Ofori Sarpong Being Congratulated by the President of the Academy Prof Mrs Henrietta Mensah Bonsu
Prof Grace Ofori Sarpong Being Congratulated by the President of the Academy Prof Mrs Henrietta Mensah Bonsu

The Dean of the Faculty of Mineral Resources Technology of the University of Mines and Technology, Associate Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong, has been inducted into the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS). Associate Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong was among eight renowned academicians who were recognised and inducted into the Academy for their numerous contributions to science in the whole wide-world. She was the youngest and the only woman.

Associate Prof Grace Ofori-Sarpong obtained her PhD in Energy and Minerals Engineering from Penn State University, Pennsylvania, United States of America in 2010, an MSc in Environmental Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in 2002 and a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering also from the Kwame Nkrumah University Science and Technology, Kumasi in 1998. She has won several awards during her career as a successful academic. They include but not limited to a MEfDA Award to participate in the Maiden M4DLink Women in Resources Mentoring Programme in 2018, the only winner from Sub Saharan Africa of the Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World in 2017, a DAAD and HRK Fellowship to Participate in a DIES Training on ‘Internal Quality Assurance in Anglophone West Africa’ between 2014 and 2016 and a Shell Ghana Award for a project on ‘Strength Augmentation of Grinding Discs Used in Small-Scale Gold Mining Operations’ among other awards.

Prof Grace Ofori Sarpong Signing Her Certificate of Membership
Prof Grace Ofori Sarpong Signing Her Certificate of Membership

She is an Associate Professor of Minerals Engineering at the University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana. Grace is the first female to rise through the academic ranks to the position of Associate Professor in the field of Mining/Metallurgical/Materials Engineering in Ghana, one of the few women who are making an impact in this predominantly male oriented mineral and mining engineering field in Ghana and also in the West-African sub-region. By dint of hard work and creativity, she has utilised fungi in the extraction of gold (mycohydrometallurgy) and her research reported, for the first time, the use of fungi in the degradation of non-organic sulphide minerals. Her research interests  include  mycohydrometallugy,  environmental  biotechnology,  recovery  of  precious  minerals,  microwave  processing  of  ores,  water  quality monitoring and small-scale gold mining/processing. She has over 60 publications to her credit and several unpublished works.

She has held several positions in the University of Mines and Technology, a well known brand that is committed to academic and research excellence, including as Vice Dean of the Planning and Quality Assurance Unit, Head of the Departments of Petroleum Engineering and Environment and Safety Engineering and University Examinations Co-ordinator. She has also served as a Visiting Professor in other Universities in Ghana and Africa, and as a member of several Committees and Boards in Ghana and beyond. She is also the Gender Champion of the University and the Founder of Ladies in Mining and Allied Professionals in Ghana. 

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

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