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School of Engineering Sciences (SES), University of Ghana – SES Seminar Series

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School of Engineering Sciences (SES), University of Ghana – SES Seminar Series – Second Semester 2020/2021, September 02, 2021


 

Topic: Micro and Nanosystems: An Enabling Key Technology for the 21st Century

Speaker: Prof. Michael Kraft, Professor of Nanomaterials, MNS/ESAT, KU Leuven, Belgium

Chairperson: Prof. Abu Yaya, Ag. Dean, SES, University of Ghana

 

Date: Thursday, September 02, 2021

Time: 10:00am – 11:30 am

Venue: SES Conference Room

 

Abstract   

Micro- and Nanosystems (MNS) are undoubtedly an enabling key technology for the 21st century, as they can contribute to solutions for practically all grand societal challenges humanity is facing, such as sustainable growth, mobility, environmental problems, in particularly climate change, health and renewable energy. This fascinating and multidisciplinary research field will certainly strongly grow over the next years and already represents an important economic factor. The presentation aims to introduce activities at KU Leuven revolving around Micro- and Nanosystems and discuss a variety of projects that researchers and I have worked on over the last decade or are currently working on. They cover the full breadth from blue sky research to commercially viable research and development, and can be broadly classified into three themes:

  • High performance micro-sensors: Here, the main focus is on novel approaches for physical sensors and transducers based on silicon on insulator technology (SOI), for example mechanical amplification for high-performance inertial sensors, piezoelectric micromachined ultrasound transducers, genetic algorithm as a new design tool for MNS and using “intelligent” system integration for micromechanical physical sensors.
  • Microtechnology for bio-chemical and bio-medical applications: Coupled resonators are described which are, among others, a promising approach for biochemical mass sensing. Work on innovative packaging concepts for implantable pressure sensors is discussed and a multi-parameter sensor chip for measurements in bio-reactors will be presented. A further focus lies on massively parallel electrode arrays for recording neuroactivities in the brain.
  • MNS for Blue Sky Research: Magnetic and electrostatic levitation of micro- and nano-participles can be used to realise a variety of promising and novel sensors and actuators, for example a spinning disk multi axis inertial measurement unit or a micromirror with high scanning range. Atom- and ion-chips are quantum labs on a chip and allow the direct manipulation of neutral atoms or ions trapped in magnetic or electrostatic fields. This can potentially enable an entirely new class of sensors based on, for example, atom-interferometry.

 

Brief Biography  

Prof. Michael Kraft studied at the Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany obtaining an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering in 1993. He then chose to explore the world, pursuing a PhD at Coventry University, UK from 1994 to 1997 and later joined the University of California at Berkeley, USA as a Postdoctoral Researcher for two years. In 2000, he returned to the UK and worked for 13 years at the University of Southampton, where he became a Professor in 2008 and also served as a Director of the then newly established Southampton Nanofabrication Centre from 2010 to 2012. In 2012, he returned home and joined the Fraunhofer Institute in Duisburg, Germany. He concurrently headed the Department for Micro and Nanosystems and held a professorship at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In 2015, he joined the University of Liege for a stint and thereafter accepted an offer from the ESAT Department at University of Leuven, which he joined in October 2017 as a Professor. He has headed the newly founded ESAT Research Division Micro and Nanosystems (MNS) of the same University since September 2020.

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WAEC Releases 2022 BECE Timetable for all candidates

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WAEC Releases 2022 BECE Timetable for all candidates

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the 2022 BECE Timetable for all Candidates, both School and Private who are preparing to write the Junior High School leaving examination.

The released timetable for 2022 BECE shows that the 2022 examination will start on Monday 17th October 2022, and end on 21st October 2022. The first subject to be written will be Social Studie while the last paper is French.

BECE 2022 Examination Timetable

DATE SUBJECT CODE SUBJECT/PAPER DURATION TIME
   Monday, 17th October 2022 020/2 Social Studies 2(Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m.       – 10.00 a.m.
020/1 Social Studies 1 (Objective) 45 minutes 10.00 a.m.     – 10.45 a.m.
 070/2 Information and Communication Technology 2(Essay) 1 hour 1.00 p.m.       – 2.00 p.m.
 070/1 Information and Communication Technology 1(Objective) 45 minutes 2.00 p.m.       – 2.45 p.m.
   Tuesday, 18th October 2022 03o/2 Mathematics 2 (Essay) 1 hour 15 minutes 9.00 a.m.       – 10.15 a.m.
03o/1 Mathematics 1(Objective) 45 minutes 10.15 a.m.     – 11.00 a.m.
053/2-055/2 Basic Design and Technology 2(Essay) 1 hour 15 minutes 1.00 p.m.       – 2.15 p.m.
053/1-055/1 Basic Design and Technology 1 (Objective) 40 minutes 2.15 p.m.       – 2.55 p.m.
   Wednesday, 19th October 2022 001/2 English Language 2 (Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m.       – 10.00 a.m.
001/1 English Language 1(Objective) 1 hour 10.00 a.m.     – 11.00 a.m.
022/2 Religious and Moral Education 2(Essay) 1 hour 1.00 p.m.       – 2.00 p.m.
022/1 Religious and Moral Education 1(Objective) 45 minutes 2.00 p.m.       – 2.45 p.m.
   Thursday, 20th October 2022 033/2 Integrated Science 2 (Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m.
033/1  Integrated Science 1 (Objective) 45 minutes 10.00 a.m. 10.45 a.m.
003/2 – 0013/2 Ghanaian Language and Culture 2 (Essay) 45 minutes 1.00 p.m. 1.45 p.m.
003/1-0013/1 Ghanaian Language and Culture 1 (Objective) 1 hour 1.45 p.m. 2.45 p.m.
  Friday, 121st October 2022  002/2 French 2 (Essay)  1 hour 15 minutes  9.00 a.m.    10.15 a.m.
 002/1 French 2(Objective)  45 minutes  10.15 a.m.    11.00 a.m.

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Government’s newly built Bosomtwe Girls STEM High school admits first batch of students

Bosomtwe Girls STEM High School is one of the newly built STEM schools that the government is building to train young Ghanaians in STEM

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Government’s newly built Bosomtwe Girls STEM High school admits first batch of students

Bosomtwe Girls STEM: It is quite obvious that President Akufo-Addo’s agenda to train the next generation of leaders in science and technology is becoming a reality.

The first batch of admitted students of Bosomtwe Girls STEM High School, located at Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region has begun reporting to school.

The government believes that building more Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) senior high schools will significantly transform Ghana’s education sector.

This is aimed at equipping young men and women with the necessary knowledge at an early stage.

The education ministry is hopeful that paying serious attention to STEM will help bridge the development gap between Ghana and other first-world countries since products from the schools would be well-placed to make a real impact by solving societal problems.

The STEM drive has received a significant boost as one of the STEM schools under construction in the Ashanti Region, the Bosomtwe Girls STEM High School, has begun admitting students.

“Now we have started to train leaders in engineering, leaders in aviation, medical leaders, and the rest. This alone is best for the nation. We promise that we are going to be one of the best in this nation,” Mary Donkor, the Headmistress of the school, noted.

Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has described this as a significant milestone, as he says while the government has provided the needed logistics to the school, more resources would be invested there as well as other STEM schools being worked on across the country.

“We’ve opened Bosomtwe Girls STEM High School. It is so nice to meet the students. They’ve come from all over the country. I’ve seen those from Greater Accra, Ashanti, Bono and all over the country. This is going to be a national institution of excellence. The good news is that the science labs are done, the science equipment would be coming next week. They have a pick-up. Everything that the school needs is coming, so I’m excited”.

Some parents whose wards are among the pioneers attending the school are excited about the development.

“I started enquiring about the school when I heard of it from the Minister that it will be a STEM school for girls. It is necessary to equip the girls today, so they can grow up to be doctors, engineers, and the rest. I followed up on the progress of the school till I heard it has started operation. Although my daughter got admission into a top school, I insisted on admitting her to this school so that my daughter can benefit from the Minister’s vision. So I am calling on parents to bring their girl children who are yet to gain admission to any school to this school,” one of the parents stated.

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GES denies sewing new uniforms for teachers

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GES denies sewing new uniforms for teachers

News trending on social media and other news portals suggest that the Ghana Education Service (GES) is set to give all teachers in Ghana uniforms for their teaching service.

A news article found on GhGossip.com suggests that the trending news about the said unforms have received mixed reactions from Ghanaian netizens with most of them asserting that this is a misplaced priority considering the fact that there are so many things that need to be fixed in the educational system and the authorities chose to do this and ignore all the important things to be done.

Over the weekend pictures of some Ghanaians portrayed to be employees of GES were seen wearing a light and dark brown uniform with Ghana Education Service boldly inscribed on it.

GES denies sewing new uniforms

Trending new GES uniform for teachers

Trending new GES uniform for teachers

Trending new GES uniform for teachers

However, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has released a disclaimer denying the development.

DISCLAIMER

GES is one of the largest Gov’t agencies in Ghana. We employ more than half of all Gov’t employees. If we want to introduce uniforms for teachers we won’t do that through social media and over the weekend.

In this era of unionized labour GES cannot introduce a uniform for teachers without engaging the teacher unions.

DISREGARD THIS FAKE NEWS.

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