Prof. Albert Kojo Sunnu

Associate Professor

Dept: Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi

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Prof. Albert Kojo SUNNU was born at Sokode, in the Volta Region of Ghana on 24th October, 1960. He went to Bishop Herman College, Kpando (1975-1980) and St. Peters Secondary School, Kwahu Nkwatia (1980-1982). He did his National Service at Peki Secondary School Peki (1982-1983). He holds BSc and MPhil Mechanical Engineering from KNUST, Kumasi Ghana (1989 and 1997) and PhD from ISITV, USTV Toulon-Var, France (2006). He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana.    

Prof. Ing. Albert Kojo SUNNU has over 30 years (since 1990) of working experience, about a third of which was spent in the national standards institution, Ghana Standards Board (GSB, 1990-2000), Accra and the rest at the KNUST Kumasi (2000 to date).

  • A. K. Sunnu has taught mechanical engineering at the College of Engineering for the past twenty years (since year 2000) and was the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the 2009/2010 academic year and the current Head (2019-2021).
  • Sunnu’s expertise cover a broad spectrum of teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Mechanical Engineering, Technical Drawing, Engineering Drawing, Strength of Materials, Engineering Thermodynamics, Mechanics of Fluids, Fluid Dynamics II, Aero- and Gas Dynamics, Behaviour of Real Fluids, Turbomachinery, Thermodynamics, Thermal Power Plant Engineering, Fluid Machinery, Applied Meteorology to Aerospace Engineering students and Mechanical Engineering Laboratory experiments; Organisation of field trips to engineering plants for students in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering programmes as well as staff of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
  • A. K. Sunnu is a visiting lecturer at the Institut International de l’Eau et de l’Environnement (2iE) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso where he teaches a Master’s course in Turbomachinery (since 2008) and Atmospheric Pollution (since 2011).
  • Albert Sunnu has considerable experience in standards development, standard writing, quality control, quality audit, and standards promulgation as well as laboratory testing of manufactured engineering products mainly and many other products. Albert Sunnu rose to the rank of Senior Scientific Officer at the Ghana Standards Board in 1997 before joining KNUST Kumasi in year 2000.


  • Sunnu’s research activities cover Earth-Atmosphere environmental studies, renewable energy and green technology involving
    • Atmospheric aerosol particles during the Harmattan period (dry season) and  non-Harmattan period (rainy season)
    • Development of nose/mouth filter against the Harmattan dust
    • Atmospheric pollution due to thermal processes including vehicles exhausts, domestic incinerators and biomass furnaces
    • Biodiesel fuelled Compression Ignition engines
    • Agricultural waste and biomass to renewable energy research
    • Biofuel development for thermal systems and domestic cook stoves
    • Solar radiation measurement 
    • Solar PV electrification
    • Biomass Power Plant Engineering
    • Energy efficiency

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