Information available to Ghana’s most credible online news portal, Ghanaontheglobe.com indicate that University of Ghana’s School of Engineering Professor, Elsie Effah Kaufman has been appointed as Dean of Professor of School of Engineering Sciences.
The appointed was announced on Friday, April 29, 2022 and is expected to take effect on 1st August 2022.
Professor, Elsie Effah Kaufman appointment has become a milestone and wildly praised due to the fact that she is the first appointed female Dean of the University of Ghana School of Engineering Sciences.
About Professor Elsie Effah Kaufman
Elsie A. B. Effah Kaufmann, born on 7th September, 1969 is a Ghanaian academic, biomedical engineer and current Host of the National Science and Maths Quiz. Before Elsie Kaufmann started hosting the show in 2006, Marian Ewurama Addy was the Quiz Mistress from 1993 to 2000 and Eureka Emefa Adomako from 2001 to 2005. In December 2020, Elsie Kaufmann was appointed an associate professor at the University of Ghana
She hails from Assin in the Central Region. Kaufmann had her secondary education at the Aburi Girls’ Senior High School. She obtained her International Baccalaureate Diploma from United World College of the Atlantic in Wales in 1988. She proceeded to the University of Pennsylvania for her Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE), a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and PhD in Bioengineering.
Kaufmann was a Research Supervisor at the Department of Chemistry at Rutgers University in New Jersey, United States of America from May 1998 to June 2001; after being a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, United States of America. She was also a Senior Lecturer and the first Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana (2006–2012, 2014–2016). Elsie Effah Kaufmann is a Visiting Scholar and Founding Head of the Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, Ghana.
Kaufmann was a Fellow of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation. She was awarded in 2009, as the University of Ghana’s Best Teacher Award for the Sciences.
She received the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellowship in 2011 and the 2017 Impact Africa Summit Laureate for Education in Ghana.
She is also the first female recipient of the 2018 Golden Torch Award for International Academic Leadership by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at the 44th Annual Conference held in the United States of America.
She is also the recipient of the National Society of Black Engineers’ 2018 Golden T.O.R.C.H. (Technical OutReach and Community Help) Award for International Academic Leadership in recognition of her excellence in support of academics on an international level and exhibition of commitment to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) fields.
Elsie Effah Kaufmann has 3 children, Maia, Davis and Augustus.