Dr. Benedict Barnes is a senior lecturer at the Mathematics Department, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the same university in 2011 and 2016, respectively. He has served the university in several domains across the three core duties of a university lecturer, that is, research, teaching, and service to the public.
Dr. Barnes is a Mathematician whose research interest is in the field of both applied and pure mathematics with a special focus on differential equations, functional analysis, abstract algebra, linear algebra and numerical analysis. He has published articles in various aspects of mathematics including Differential Equations, Functional Analysis, Algebra and Numerical Analysis and Computations. He has published over thirty (30) peer reviewed articles in refereed journals, eighteen (18) of them were published in last three years. He is a member of American Mathematical Association, Ghana Mathematics Association and a reviewer of the applied mathematical letters (Elesiver), waves in random and complex media (Taylor and Francis Group), and journal of inequalities and applications (Springer Nature). He has also presented his research findings in a number of conferences, including, the International Applied Mathematics, Algorithms and Mathematical Methods held in Rome, Italy, 2021, 2nd international conference on engineering, science, technology and entrepreneurship, and also at the Ghana science association webinar, 2021 on the theme; Covid-19 pandemic: scientific updates and the way forward.
So far, he has trained one Ph.D student and has several PhD and MPhil thesis ongoing with contemporary topics such as; climate modelling, modelling of depletion of the ozone layer, modelling of infectious diseases, modeling of fluid dynamics, modelling of biochemical reactions, chaos in Chua's circuit, modelling of problems in engineering, social problems, physiology and ill-posed problems.
He teaches both post-graduate and undergraduate students at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is a lecturer that in the classroom exhibits the two essential elements of a teacher, that is, science and the skill of teaching. He is also very innovative in the classroom and trains his students with an in-depth knowledge in pure mathematics and its applications in real life.
Dr. Barnes has held positions in the Mathematics department, such as; the examinations officer for both regular and IDL programmes, assistant post-graduate cordinator, patron of mathematics students association. He has also served as chairman of several comittees in the Mathematics department. He has also served on both local and national committees and boards in Ghana. He has in enormous ways displayed an excellent communication and presentation skills in the several invitations he honored across the country and also, at international level.
Dr. Barnes is an unapologetic nerd and his love for mathematics is superb. He is also open to collaborations with scholars and researchers in diverse fields of interest.