Dr. Abena Asantewaa:
Dr. Asantewaa holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University in New York and has been a practicing clinician for the past 25 years. She has taught at a variety of colleges and universities, including Notre Dame and City University of New York, and most recently the University of Ghana at Legon. An African-American, she has lived in Ghana for the past 3 years, and intends to stay. Her course, Organizational Behavior, looks at the human aspect of business, and she hopes to persuade her students that good human relations are good for the "bottom line".
Dr. Asantewaa will also be available for counseling of the Ashesi community: students and staff. She's easy to talk to, so don't wait until you are over the edge before you make an appointment.
Aba-Sah Dadzie is completing her doctorate in Bioinformatics at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, developing novel visualization techniques for intuitive analysis of anatomy ontologies. Although she had planned to return to industry Aba-Sah was so impressed by Ashesi's vision and the dedication of its founders that she is taking time out to work at the University.
Having extensive experience in software development in industry and academia Aba-Sah appreciates the benefits Java provides over other programming languages. She is using Java to introduce second year Computer Science students to programming, focusing on practical applications that illustrate good practices in software development. This should help to reduce the steep learning curve most students encounter when learning to program, and prepare them to apply the skills they develop in the wider world outside school.
Dr. Nathan Amanquah:
Nathan Amanquah has a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. His research interests are in the general area of systems, services and telecommunications, and in the specific area of Quality of Service management in next generation mobile and ad hoc network (wireless) communications. He has extensive hands-on industrial and commercial experience developing a wide range of solutions ranging from software for embedded industrial control to business applications. He believes the art and science of software development can be best taught to students by analyzing and developing solutions to real world problems, and aims to help his students acquire this ability. The exposure from industry and previous teaching experience will be instrumental in helping his students acquire the skills needed, both for the curriculum and for the information age. He will keep the class practical, relevant and interesting, while encouraging student participation.