Prof. George Yaw Obeng


Dept: Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Building
College of Engineering
KNUST Campus

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Primary research areas include renewables (solar, bioenergy), environment and sustainable engineering design...~more


Prof. George Yaw Obeng is a Dean, former Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering and former Director of Technology Consultancy Centre, KNUST. He is a Barrett Global Fellow and Senior Sustainability Fellow, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability of Arizona State University, USA where he served as a visiting faculty. He is also a Fellow of The Energy Center, KNUST. He has been a faculty of KNUST for over 26 years. He teaches production engineering, machine shop and factory design, engineering research & quantitative method and sustainable energy applications for the developing world and has been practically involved in the design and study of agro processing equipment. His primary research areas include renewables (solar, bioenergy), emissions and sustainable engineering design. He holds a PhD, MSc, BSc. He has also been trained in Design Process at MIT D-Lab, Boston/Cambridge and Design of Dies & Molds at CITD Hyderabad, India. He has served on several local and international committees including Steering Committee Member of Ghana Jatropha (GHAJA) Project; College of Engineering Board, KNUST; Member Kumasi Business Incubator (KBI); Research Group on Culture, Knowledge and Development of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn, Germany; Planning Meeting on ASADI VI agenda for the Energy Access, Pretoria; Advisory Committee on Design and Urbanisation, New York, USA and GlobalResolve of Arizona State University (ASU), USA. He has international experience working with EU, CIDA, EUEI-PDF, GEF/UNDP, GEDAP/World Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, USAID/IDIN project, MIT D-Lab USA, University of Pennsylvania USA, Olin College USA, Centre for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn-Germany, Arizona State University (ASU) in development focused projects and research. He has travelled extensively, on international collaborations, to several countries in AFRICA - Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Liberia, Togo, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa. EUROPE - Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, France, Switzerland, Austria. ASIA – India (New Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad), United Arab Emirates (Dubai). USA Massachusetts (Boston/Cambridge, Rockport), Arizona (Tempe, Mesa, Flagstaff, Phoenix), Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Salt Lake City, California (San Francisco, Sacramento, Berkeley, Davis), Virginia, Washington DC. He combines engineering and planning tools to undertake R&D in energy, environment, quality of life and productive improvements in Ghana and Africa. Arising out of his R&D efforts are journal articles, conference papers, technical papers and working prototypes.

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