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Student Awards

Student Awards

Student Awards

A UMaT Graduate, Mr Prince Essel Makes UMaT and Ghana Proud Again!!!

Prince Essel Speaking to the Media After the Competition 1
Prince Essel Speaking to the Media After the Competition

A UMaT BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate, Mr Prince Essel, has again made UMaT and Ghana proud. He is one of three winners of the MakeInAfrica 2018 competition held in Rome in October, 2018. The Organisers received 120 start-up projects from across Africa and the Diaspora for three categories and shortlisted 10 projects for each category and finally 3 top projects, one from each category, emerged winners. Mr Essel was the only Ghanaian among the top three winners.

Mr Prince Essel is the Chief Executive Officer of Maiseville Ghana, a Ghanaian for-profit social business that develops off–grid energy solutions for rural populations in Africa which he Co-Founded. He came up with a sustainable solution for access to energy. His “Solar Pulse Power Hub” project is a portable solar energy generator that supports small rural businesses by providing clean, reliable and cheap energy. The Power Hub has an incorporated, inclusive, flexible and accessible “pay-as-you-go” payment system.

MakeInAfrica, is a contest that is run by Maker Faire Rome 2018 and sponsored by Eni. It aims at identifying, supporting and publicising projects and innovative solutions for energy access in African countries. The Prize has been created from the desire to identify, support and distribute the realisation of innovative technological solutions for accessing energy, for supporting a circular economy and energy efficiency in Africa, which will improve the quality of life of the rural populations.  An overall prize for 3 winners for each category under the Contest was allocated and awarded. The prize included one hospitality package (Intercontinental flight to Rome, accommodation and board) during the Maker Faire Rome 2018 provided by Eni with a maximum value of Euro 15,000.00 (and up to a maximum of Euro 5,000 per winner and one booth in a dedicated area of Maker Faire Rome to allow the winners to exhibit their technology, provided by Maker Faire Rome. The other two winners came from Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Mr Essel Explaining a Point to the Press
Mr Essel Explaining a Point to the Press

The event provided an opportunity to debate new economic models and practical solutions in energy. The topics of innovation and the circular economy were discussed in the presence of guests from schools, universities and institutions, together with the world of makers, incubators, fabrication laboratories and journalists.

Mr Essel, was also the only Ghanaian among ten winners across Africa of the Africa Energy Generation Prize to be selected in October 2016 for the next phase of the competition and won the second prize. This was a Pan-African innovation and invention contest for affordable and sustainable energy solutions. Mr Essel’s "Eco Diesel" project allowed him to produce fuel based on plastic waste. Prince took home 3,000 Euros as his prize money at the Lomé Mini Maker Faire, the first innovation fair to be held in Togo.



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

UMaT Students Win the Unilever Africa Idea Trophy Competition

Team Aurura Receiving their Ticket for the Trip To South Africa
Team Aurura Receiving their Ticket for the Trip To South Africa

A group of three UMaT students, Team Aurora have emerged winners of the Unilever Africa Idea Trophy Competition held in Accra in November, 2018. From the series of stages, the team from UMaT, emerged winners amongst 6 Universities in the final stage of the 6th Edition of the keenly competitive challenge.

The Unilever Africa Idea Trophy Competition is a multilevel business competition that enables undergraduate students within Africa to take on real business challenges related to the organisation. Participants are grouped into teams and tasked to solve industry related problems. Every year, a brand of the company is partnered. This year the brand partnered was the washing powder, OMO.

Team Aurora’s idea was on the conversion of plastic to fuel using pyrolysis and was considered the most feasible solution for the challenge of reducing plastic waste consumption and carrying it out in a meaningful way to the consumers of OMO. The team will be going to South Africa in February 2019 for the Africa challenge.

From Left to Right Miss Sedina Abla Seglah Ernest Adjei Jnr and Joseph Hagan 1
From Left to Right Miss Sedina Abla Seglah Ernest Adjei Jnr and Joseph Hagan

Team Aurora was made up of Miss Sedina Abla Seglah from the Department of Environmental and Safety Engineering, Mr Ernest Adjei-Jnr from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Mr Joseph Hagan from the Department of Mining Engineering.



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

Enactus UMaT Campus Chapter together with Two Others Win Ford College Community Challenge Grant Worth $3,000 each

Mr Joseph Adu Gyamfi Left Receiving the Award on Behalf of the Enactus UMaT Team
Mr Joseph Adu Gyamfi Left Receiving the Award on Behalf of the Enactus UMaT Team

Enactus UMaT Campus Chapter together with two other Tertiary Institutions in Ghana has won the Ford College Community Challenge Grant Worth $3,000 each. The Ford College Community Challenge is a signature educational program of the Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. It runs in partnership with global non-profit organisation Enactus, which promotes the development of innovative solutions amongst University students in Ghana, Brazil, Germany, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom to address critical needs in their local communities. Annually, Enactus Campus Chapter Teams within the 36 countries where Enactus is present compete for the grant. Every participating country selects 3 finalists to receive a grant worth $3,000 to implement their projects.

Enactus UMaT is a campus chapter of Enactus Ghana, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. They are a community of students, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a more sustainable world.

This year Enactus UMaT’s Bioethanol Team was shortlisted among twelve other Tertiary Institutions and the team together with the University of Ghana and University for Development Studies Teams emerged winners for the grant in Ghana. The project submitted was on the conversion of sugarcane bagasse into a smokeless fuel source for domestic cooking known as Ethanol Fuel Gel. This fuel is used in specially designed cookstoves made of aluminum. The project when completed will produce a climate smart energy for cooking in all households whilst making use of agro-waste, creating jobs and providing sustainable markets for local alcohol distillers at the project location in the Kissi Community in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abriem  (KEEA) District of the Central Region.

Enactus UMaT Team on the Field
Enactus UMaT Team on the Field

The UMaT team was led by Mr Prince Essel from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mr Samuel Bekoe from the Department of Geomatic Engineering. Other team members included Mr Jonathan Prince Nkansah, Mr Martin Luther King Jnr from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mr Ebenezer Adomako Mensah, Miss Emily Bansah from the Department of Geological Engineering, Mr Daniel Ankrah from the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Mr Emmanuel Donkor from the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Dr Ishmael Quaicoe of the Environmental and Safety Engineering Department was the Faculty Advisor.

Presentation of the grant was done at this year’s Enactus Ghana National Competition held in June at the Accra International Conference Center.  The event brought together all Enactus Campus Chapters in Ghana on one platform to present projects to the audience and a Professional Panel of Judges, using entrepreneurial action to empower communities to become a more sustainable place to work and live.

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

UMaT Placed 2nd in Hacklab Hackathon 2018 Innovation Competition

UMaT Students Displaying their Prize
UMaT Students Displaying their Prize
A team of students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa have placed second in the 2018 HackLab Hackthon innovation competition held at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi. Ho Technical University and KNUST placed first and third respectively.
The competition is organised by HackLab foundation, a non-profit organisation focused on preparing the youth for future jobs and also breeding entrepreneurs to create jobs for others. 
The competition is held annually to bring together developers, engineers and other stakeholders in technology to meet, discuss and identify opportunities and the way forward in making Ghana a better place using technology.
The 2018 HackLab Hackathon competition brought together 112 teams from various universities and hubs across the country to showcase and exhibit their various technological talents. Participants in this year’s HackLab Hackthon were tasked to develop industry standard solutions to address local problems within the period of 36 hours. 
The UMaT Team worked on a project entitled Blink - an application that is centred on making life easier by using facial recognition to keep the home and workplace more secure and also for controlling electrical gadgets.
The UMaT team was awarded a cash prize of two thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢ 2,000.00) and would be mentored to scale up their project. 
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar and Head, University Relations Office

UMaT Female Students Develop Alcohol Detector to Reduce Drink Driving at the 4th Innovation and Career Fair held at the University

Irene Okai Left and Mercy Adoley Right
Irene Okai Left and Mercy Adoley Right
Two 3rd year female students of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa, namely: Mercy Adoley Quaye and Irene Okai have displayed ingenuity by developing an alcohol detecting device that will help curb drink-driving. The device was showcased at the 4th Innovation and Career Fair organised for students of the University.  
The Alcohol Detector Device and How it Works
The Alcohol Detector Device and How it Works
According to Mercy Adoley Quaye and Irene Okai, they developed the device because driving under the influence of alcohol has caused and is still causing much danger to lives and property in the society. They also believe that drunk driving does not only put the driver at risk but also innocent passengers, pedestrians and other road users. According to the two students, the device has a mechanism that detects the presence of alcohol and takes measures when the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) crosses the acceptable threshold. A Short Message Service (SMS) would then be sent to relatives or the station master (in the case of commercial vehicles), when the presence of alcohol crosses the threshold value. The system will then lock the engine and prevent it from starting when the presence of alcohol is detected. 
The Innovation and Career Fair is organised to provide a platform and an impetus for students to transform what they study in the University into feasible and scalable projects that would impact positively in communities and the country at large. In addition, it is to unearth the entrepreneurial potential among the students. The Fair brought together engineers, researchers, students, consultants, business executives, service providers and all those who are interested in innovation in Mining, Petroleum and related disciplines.
Prof Kuma Delivering the Welcome Address
Prof Kuma Delivering the Welcome Address
Welcoming the participants to the fair, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma, indicated that the innovation and career fair was one of the flagship programmes of the University and therefore continues to be one of the main pillars in the training of the students. “The quality engineering education we give to our students continues to make them critical thinkers and this is, therefore, an occasion and platform for those ideas to be unearthed and displayed for the whole world to see” he emphasised. 
Prof Kuma reiterated the University’s support for His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s policy of a Ghana beyond Aid. According to him national development should centre on creativity and innovation and that would be the only way to make the policy of a Ghana beyond Aid very possible. He further indicated that, to be able to achieve a Ghana beyond Aid, therefore, the creativity and innovative ideas of the students needed to be supported with the required skills to improve on their projects. This, according to Prof Kuma, will help them to be able to implement their projects so as to become employers of other graduates to help solve the unemployment problem currently confronting the country.
Prof Kuma called on the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and other agencies interested in helping young people to create the enabling entrepreneurial environment to help fund, train and support the innovators to find space to learn about entrepreneurship and how to position their businesses for growth. 
The Special Guest of Honour for the day was Ing Kwame Ababio, an Alumnus of UMaT. Ing Ababio is the Chief Executive Officer of Green Afro Palms, an agro processing Company dedicated to helping smallholder palm farmers to increase their yield using improved technology and make more money. He told the gathering that, in Ghana, 80% of oil palm cultivation comes with low output and that the method of production was also archaic. According to him, with Green Afro-Palms’ technology, smallholder farmers now process nearly 3 times more oil from their crops, and earn 3 times more.
Ing. Ababio encouraged the innovators to put passion and drive in their projects in spite of the challenges they may face as they try to get funding to implement their projects. He told the students that his motivation for venturing into agro processing, especially in the oil palm sector, was influenced by the fact that as a trained Geomatic Engineer from UMaT, he realised that there was a huge problem in the oil palm sector in Ghana so he decided that he will help find a solution to the problem. He said as engineers they are trained to be problem solvers and so encouraged the students to work hard to achieve their dreams.  
Ing. Ababio also stated that engineering was to be seen not only as a discipline, but also as a lifestyle which should run in the system of those who graduated as engineers, something that is needed for their engineering to be of value to the society. He thanked the Vice Chancellor and the Management of the University for inviting him and also commended them for their efforts in giving students the platform for them to showcase their talents and passion - an action Ing. Ababio says will go a long way to help UMaT as a university, Ghana as a nation and Africa. 
Some Students Displaying their Innovative Work
Some Students Displaying their Innovative Work
 Other projects showcased at this year’s fair included: 
1. Augmented Reality - a mobile application for having mixed reality experiences. Augmented Reality (AR) typically refers to computer technologies that use software to generate the realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment. 
2. An Automated Skid Counter with GSM known as the iCounter - this system comes equipped with a GSM feature that disseminates the total number of products counted to all interested parties with the press of a button. 
3. W2B Biofuel - the potential production of liquid fuel from the pyrolysis of shredded vehicle tires using a local custom made pyrolytic reactor. 
4. A walk through UMaT New Site - A virtual world has been created out of the UMaT new site model to give a better view of the campus. 
5. A Design of an improved palm oil extractor - the machine is a dual purpose machine that consists of two chambers and three outlets. This machine can save one the cost of two separate machines to extract palm oil. 
6. The Ultimate Fufu Pounder - A design to produce the best compact fufu pounding machine that will be of the highest capacity, cost efficient, minimum energy consumption, electrically powered with manual backup operation and to process fufu at the best hygienic stature.
7. Teygo Energy Harvester - a system that will make power generation more sustainable, economical and ecological by utilising the advancement in a technology called piezoelectric effect. 
8. Campus Steeze - this is a social networking web based mobile application that seeks to connect students, lecturers, groups, departments, and other associations in Universities worldwide to each other. The mobile application is built using a cross platform system and it is, therefore, available for use on both IOS and android phones and 
9. An Integrated Smart Fuel Monitoring System - a system to help curb the issues of explosions, leakages, orthodox measurement schemes, theft and other stock related problems at OIL and GAS sales points across the nation.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah (Head, University Relations)

A UMaT Alumnus and Professor of Mining Wins an Award in the USA

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)

Bridging the gap in our mines - The story of Marian Onyameba Boatemaa

Marian Onyameba Boatemaa

Marian is a Geotechnical Engineer with the Mine Engineering Department of Newmont Ghana’s Akyem Mine.

In November 2016, Marian was adjudged the Best Candidate (Civil Technical Division) in the Engineering Professional Examination by the Ghana Institute of Engineers.

For Marian, the decision to shift from earlier plans of becoming a pharmacist to joining the mining industry was out of inspiration and admiration for the sector.

One of her inspirations was her Uncle, a Mine Engineer. She recalls how fascinated she was seeing a group of colleagues discussing and taking critical decisions about an ore deposit.

“I remember saying to myself ‘how cool it would be if a woman lead these discussions and made such high-level decisions about a mine’s engineering operations. That was the moment I decided to pursue a career in the mining industry”.

She applied for a degree programme in Geological Engineering at the University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), Tarkwa. Her four-year study at the University forever shaped the mindset with which Marian pursued her passion. She admits not being blind to the challenges and effects she faced as a woman while in school.

Out of her determination and hard work, Marian had an opportunity to work with Newmont Ghana’s Akyem mine in 2013 through its Emerging Talents Program.

Currently, she collaborates with her team to plan and execute the designing of mine pits, install prisms and maintain water levels in the pits, manage the pit hole stability as well as provide ground support to mine production targets. One of the things she speaks about is Newmont’sInclusion and Diversity Strategy.

“Newmont’s Inclusion and Diversity Strategy creates the enabling environment for women and nationals to thrive and assume leadership positions. This makes me motivated and always ready to explore opportunities as a woman in my chosen field without inhibition.”

Marian represents the many stories of women who when motivated and developed in an inclusive and diverse environment can rise and excel in the mining industry and Newmont is advancing strategies to promote such a culture in all its regions worldwide.

“Through Newmont’s Inclusion and Diversity Strategy, I feel very confident and assured that I am in line to be one of the leading international experts in rock mechanics like Evert Hoek and hopefully make my name in the geotechnical hall of fame.”


Source: https://www.ghanaweb.com

UMaT Graduate Wins Young African Entrepreneurship Award for the Second Time

Kwame Ababio With His Award
Kwame Ababio With His Award
A UMaT graduate, Mr Kwame Ababio, has won the Young African Entrepreneurship Award for the second time in the competition’s history.  The 2017 Awards saw 41 finalists out of 5,349 applicants from 19 African countries and were brought together for a boot camp in Casablanca, Morocco. Mr Ababio was the only Ghanaian among the twelve winners. In the 2016 edition, Mr Ababio was also the only Ghanaian among fifteen winners which competition attracted 756 applicants from 38 African countries.
According to the Organisers of the award, the Journey is made up of 4 rounds of mentoring and starts by applicants taking a few minutes to submit an idea and, begin a journey with real entrepreneurs who have been where they are today. Since the competition was launched by BMCE Bank of Africa in 2015, the awards have recognised 33 entrepreneurs, who were supported by more than 300 African and global mentors.
Mr Kwame Ababio’s business, Green Afro-Palms (GAP) is working to put more money in the pockets of smallholder palm farmers and also introduces best practices to the sector. GAP’s processing technology known as GAPROTECH, which processes 1,000 litres of Palm oil per day also increases crop yields and steers farmers away from non-sustainable practices. According to the Company, in Ghana, 80% of oil palm cultivation comes with low output and is archaic. With Green Afro-Palms’ technology, smallholder farmers now process nearly 3 times more oil from their crops, and earn 3 times more.
Source: Paul Y. A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations Office)