Yaw D. Yeboah, Sc.D. (Professor, FAMU-Florida State University)
An alumni of MIT, where he graduated with four degrees, he became the first black dean at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering back in 2012. He served as an excellent dean between July 2012 and July 2015. Before that, he was Head of Department at Penn State's Energy and Mineral Engineering Department for eight years.
Over the course of his leadership in academia, Dr Yeboah has championed the cause of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). His proven commitment showed at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) where he served as an associate dean and built an engineering program there also. He was also the technical director of the Research Center for Science and Technology at CAU from 1995 to 2004.
He was the Associate Dean for the Science & Engineering School of Arts & Sciences at Clark Atlanta University. Among Dr. Yeboah’s many accomplishments at CAU, his serving as the co-principal investigator for a $498,966 National Science Foundation grant for a Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics Scholarship Program from 2000 to 2004 was most prominent.
He was awarded at the Minority Affairs Reception at the Annual AICHE Meeting and Centennial Celebration where he was recognized as a Black Achiever in Chemical Engineering Award for extraordinary contributions to chemical engineering and the engineering profession in 2008.
He is currently a Panel Reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF) programs on Nanotechnology, Material Research Instrumentation, Course Curriculum and Lab Development, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), and Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).
He holds life memberships with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCCHE) and many other associations.
Mr. Kofi Boateng
Educational Background: KNUST (Electrical Engineering)
Thomas O. Mensah (President and Director, Georgia Aerospace Systems Manufacturing Inc.)
Mr. Thomas O. Mensah is the Founder of Goergia Aerospace Systems Manufacturing Inc and serves as its President and Director. Dr. Mensah serves as the National Chairman of the Materials and Engineering Sciences Division of the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers).
Dr. Thomas Mensah was a chemical engineer at Corning Inc. He worked at the Sullivan Park Research and Development Center of Corning Inc where he solved this worldwide problem through a series of inventions. His first patent increased the manufacturing speed from 2 meters a second to 20 meters a second, bringing fiber optics costs to the same level as copper, thus, making it economical to replace copper cables with fiber optics media throughout the country. Dr. Mensah went onto Bell Labs (AT&T Bell Laboratories) where he led a team in the development of a guidance system for smart weapons using fiber optics.
His first patent increased the manufacturing speed from 2 meters a second to 20 meters a second, bringing fiber optics costs to the same level as copper, thus, making it economical to replace copper cables with fiber optics media throughout the country. In the meantime, he focused his effort on the design and development of missile systems that are guided by fiber optics. He holds three patents in the fiber optics guided missile FOG-M technology, including the Guided Vehicle Patent. Dr. Mensah is one of the early innovators in smart missile technology. He and his team developed missiles that were successfully deployed at Mach 1 (the speed of sound) using the FOG-M technology. Dr. Thomas Mensah have had and continue to play a major role in such advanced and innovative warfare. Dr. Mensah also received a certificate in Modeling and Simulation of Chemical Processes at MIT in 1977, under Professor Larry Evans, 2007 President of AIChE.
After finishing his graduate work in France, Dr. Mensah joined the Chemicals Group at Air Products and Chemicals, as a Research Engineer, in the Polyvinyl Alcohol Process Improvement Division. In the lab, he developed simulations for the mixing process, where a highly viscous polymer, PVAC, was injected with a catalyst with viscosity around 1 centipoise. Dr. Mensah solved this major industrial problem at the Polyvinyl Alcohol manufacturing plant at Paducah, Kentucky by changing blade configuration and notch depth, leading to a total redesign of the high speed thin film industrial mixers. Dr. Mensah has worked with the Department of Defense to develop new filament wound composite structures to replace gun barrels on new army tanks to reduce their weight. He published the Finite Element Analysis of these structures, focusing on the hoop stresses generated, the heat transfer, and the axial temperature profiles along the barrel during firing of the ballistics, in the proceedings of the Army Workshop in New Orleans, 1994. Dr. Mensah and his team are working on the use of carbon nanotubes as reinforcement materials in next generation composite structures for novel supersonic missiles, a project under Contract from the US Air Force.
Atiase, Rowland K., is a Professor and Ernst & Young Faculty Fellow in Teaching Excellence, Department of Accounting.
He received his B.Sc. from the University of Ghana and his M.B.A., MA(Econ.), and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His research and teaching interests include financial reporting, capital markets, and cost and management accounting.