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Associate Professor Grace Ofori-Sarpong Wins 2017 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World

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Prof G. Ofori Sarpong With Award
Prof G. Ofori Sarpong With Award
 
Associate Professor Grace Ofori-Sarpong is one of the Five Women Recipients of the 2017 Organisation for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD)-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World for her outstanding research in Engineering, Innovation and Technology and for serving as an inspiring role model for future generations of women science leaders. Grace is the winner for Sub-Saharan Africa for her work on mycohydrometallurgy (fungi-mediated gold extraction), recovery of precious metals, acid mine drainage mapping, safe practices in artisanal and small-scale gold mining, and her strong involvement in making a positive impact on the issues of women in science and engineering. The award recipients took part in the 2017 American Association for the Advancement in Science (AAAS) meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, where they received the award on the 18th of February, 2017. 
 
Dr Grace Ofori-Sarpong 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.Recounting her story on the journey that landed her to this height, Grace said, “the journey has not been without huge obstacles including traditional definition of who a woman should be, societal demands on what a woman should do, family requirements of what a woman should have and intimidations from class/school mates amidst name calling like ‘witch’, obaa dendene’, ‘bayie’ etc”.
 
Born into a large family with many people not having formal education or ending at pre-university level, it was difficult to convince anybody that a woman could live above the traditional limitations and reach out to unlimited heights. “For me, it has always been my style to gravitate towards the ‘extra’ beyond the ‘ordinary’ to make my performance extraordinary. I had a strong passion to reach out to that ‘poor’ girl who is living within the limitations that science and engineering are the preserve of men, that women can also do it. It is not about competition or what women can do better than men, but the understanding that women in their God-made nature can take control of themselves and pave a way for themselves, and should be allowed to make the sky their springboard to higher heights”.
 
Dr Grace Ofori-Sarpong got her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana and her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University in the USA. 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 forty-five technical papers to her credit and several unpublished reports. She has held several positions in the University of Mines and Technology and currently she is the Head of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and the Vice Dean of the Planning and Quality Assurance Unit. She has also served as a Visiting Professor in other Universities in Ghana and Africa.
 
Grace is one of the few women who are making an impact in this predominantly male oriented minerals 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. 
 
She has been a role-model at several science and mathematics clinics for young females and has boosted girl-child education and interest in science and engineering. To get an appropriate platform for the passionate desire of hers, Grace has recently founded an association known as Ladies in Mining and Allied Professions in Ghana, of which she is the president.
 
Grace’s contribution to science has been recognised beyond the shores of Ghana, and thus she was selected as one of the Five Female Recipients of the 2017 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for Early Career Women Scientist in the Developing World for outstanding research in Engineering, Innovation and Technology and for serving as inspiring role models to future generations of women science leaders. She is the Winner from Sub-Saharan Africa.
 
Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations)
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Department of Petroleum Engineering wins 4th Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Cup

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The Vice Chancellor Prof Kuma Addressing the Teams before the Kick off
The Vice Chancellor Prof Kuma Addressing the Teams before the Kick off
 
The University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa has successfully organised the 4th Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Cup which was held over two days at the new UMaT Sports Centre with the Department of Petroleum Engineering emerging as winners of the competition. 
 
Welcoming the participating teams and the invited guests to the opening ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof J. S. Y. Kuma expressed his appreciation to all teams for taking part in the competition. He informed the gathering that the Vice Chancellor’s Challenge Cup was an annual event organised to bring members of the University Community together with their stakeholders including the banks and the mining companies with the aim of promoting a greater sense of community between the University and its stakeholders. It was also to create a shared space and experience to inculcate in the participating teams the values of selflessness, determination, endurance and patriotism as well as help build esteem, leadership skills and the spirit of community relations in them. 
 
Prof Kuma praised the organising committee for organising a very successful event and also thanked all the sponsors for making the event possible by donating in cash and in kind. The sponsors were as follows: Fidelity Bank, Access Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Ghana Manganese Company Limited, Wilhelm Construction Company Limited, So Nice Drinking Water, KRIF Ghana Limited, Ransbert Supplies, Sametro Limited, Phoenix Insurance and Kings Group Company Limited. He requested the sponsors to continue to partner the University in organising the annual event so as to strengthen the relationship in the years ahead. He thanked the staff and students for showing commitment towards the organisation of the event and encouraged them to keep it up. He also thanked the referees for putting up a good show and hoped that they would put up a better show next year. 
 
The competition was organised in three different categories. These were the Female students’ category, the Staff category and the Male students’ category. In the Female category the Faculty of Engineering (FoE) ladies beat the Faculty of Mineral Resources and Technology (FMRT) ladies to take a trophy and cash award. The runners-up received a consolation cash award.
 
The individual awards were as follows:
The goal king for the male students’ category went to Michael Awintinga from the Department of Geomatic Engineering. He had 2 goals to his credit. The best player staff category went to Isaac Mensah of the UMaT Junior staff. The best player in the female category went to Miss Serah Essien from the Faculty of Engineering. The most valuable player in the Male Students’ category went to Aboagye Evans from the Department of Petroleum Engineering. They all received a Nokia mobile phone each donated by Sametro Company Limited.
 
The Pro VC Prof Temeng congratulating the Captain and Prof Grace Ofori Sarpong Head of Petroleum Engineering
The Pro VC Prof Temeng congratulating the Captain and Prof Grace Ofori Sarpong Head of Petroleum Engineering
 
The staff category teams were the Junior Staff of UMaT, Ghana Manganese Company (GMC), the Banks and the Senior Staff/Senior Members of UMaT. The Junior Staff of UMaT and the Banks played at the finals.  The Junior Staff of UMaT won the match on penalties. They took away a trophy and a cash award. The Banks also took home a cash award. The winner and runner-up awards were presented by Prof Richard Amankwah, Dean of FMRT and Mr Kwaku Asamoah, the Relationship manager of Fidelity Bank, respectively.
 
Prof Al Hassan Presenting the best Female Player Award to Serah Essien of FOE
Prof Al Hassan Presenting the best Female Player Award to Serah Essien of FOE
 
The Male students’ category had ten teams from ten Departments of the University. After a wonderful display of soccer among the teams, Departments of Petroleum Engineering and Mechanical Engineering met at the finals and after drawing 2-2, Petroleum Engineering beat Mechanical Engineering on penalties. The runners-up were decorated with silver medals and a cash award by the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Prof Newton Amegbey. The referees were also decorated by the Pro Vice Chancellor. The overall winners; Department of Petroleum Engineering were decorated with the gold medals and the ultimate cash award of GH¢2,000.00 by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Assoc Prof V.A. Temeng.
 
 
Source: Paul Y.A. Yeboah, Assistant Registrar (University Relations Office) 
 
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