Tag: African Scientists in America

Meet Dr. Alexander Anim-Mensah, the Ghanaian who is a prolific inventor in US

Dr. Alexander Anim-Mensah was recently recognized with a Distinguished Patent Fellow award for his innovative ideas just two years after he got inducted into the Illinois Tool Works (ITW) Patent Society as a Fellow. This latest award is for his involvement in inventions generating exceptional levels of commercial and technical successes in America.

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South African-born, Elon Musk, unleashes graphic image of his massive red hot inflamed rocket

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South African born space entrepreneur,Elon Musk has treated the world to a graphic look at his large and undeniably impressive rocket glowing vivid red.

His firm SpaceX released a graphical representation of the Starship, which was once known as the ‘Big Falcon Rocket’ and is designed to take astronauts to Mars.

It was produced for the magazine April 2019 issue of Popular Mechanics and show Musk’s mighty vessel entering Earth’s atmosphere and becoming rather inflamed in the process.

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African and US ICT actors to meet in Washington for the future of fintech

The future of the African fintech sector will be discussed during the Africa Fintech Summit to be held on April 11, 2019, at the US Institute of Peace in Washington.

The main subjects to be discussed during the summit will be the future of banks and venture capital in the digital era, regulations, blockchain, digital identity, fund transfers and financial inclusion.

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Many U.S. Cities Lack Sufficient Tech Talent. This Nigerian-Born Entrepreneur Wants to Change That

Last year, Amazon took one long, highly publicized look across the U.S. and came to a simple but devastating conclusion: For the most part, American cities did not have an adequate number of talented tech workers to support its planned second headquarters.

One Nigerian-born, St. Louis-based entrepreneur wants to change that.

Five years ago, Ola Ayeni was struggling to find enough full-stack developers for Eateria, a digital marketing tool for the restaurant and hospitality industry. Faced with an almost insurmountable problem, Ayeni did what all natural-born entrepreneurs do: He tried to solve it himself.

In October 2014, Ayeni launched Claim Academy. Initially, its mission was to train developers for Ayeni’s startup.

Today, Claim Academy is one of the fastest growing, most accomplished coding schools in the country, placing graduates in startups and large multinational companies.

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South Africa’s Elon Musk achieves milestone as SpaceX Dragon Capsule returns to earth

South African-born Elon Musk achieved another milestone in commercial space travel as his SpaceX Dragon capsule re-entered earth after a 7 day sojour at the International Space Staion.

Already the most successful private space entrepreneur in the world, Elon Musk watched nervously as his new commercial astronaut capsule completed its demonstration flight with a successful splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean.

The SpaceX Dragon vehicle left the International Space Station after being docked there for the past week, and re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.

It had a heat-shield to protect it from the high temperatures of re-entry.

Four parachutes brought it into “soft contact” with water about 450km from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Why a Nigerian MIT graduate turned down 6-figure paycheck in the US and returned home.

By Nzekwe Henry

There’s a certain allure that accompanies being one of the best graduating students in any educational institution for that matter, not to mention one as prestigious as the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Boston, U.S.A.

Finishing at the top end of your class from such an institution, to a reasonable extent, would imply that you get to wear the “Hot Prospect” label and enjoy the rare privilege of having your pick of six-figure job offers from top firms who would be tripping over themselves to have you put pen to paper. And that’s just for starters.

Well, that was pretty much the case for Nigerian techie, Obinna Ukwuani, who may have left everyone in shock when he opted to toe an entirely different line.

By turning his back on the lure of a fat paycheck that could well build a comfortable life to pursue a deep-seated passion that could have just as easily proved a fiasco in the end, he exhibited quite the courage.

Obinna Ukwuani is on a path to building Africa’s first STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) campus in Nigeria – a project that was borne out of the need to level the playing field and bridge the learning gap between young African students and their counterparts in the developed world.

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Nigerian-born Dr. Wendy Okolo is “The Most Promising Engineer in the US Government”

Dr. Wendy Okolo’s career has taken flight at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. agency responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

She received Black Engineer’s Most Promising Engineer in Government Award during the BEYA STEM Conference in Washington D. C. recently.

Okolo is an aerospace research engineer at the Ames Research Center, a major NASA research center in California’s Silicon Valley.

She was only 26 years old when she became the first black woman to obtain a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned both undergraduate and doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering from UT Arlington.

Her previous research has been recognized and funded by the Department of Defense through the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship; Zonta International, through the Amelia Earhart Fellowship; and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics through the John Leland Atwood Graduate Fellowship.

Currently, Okolo is a Special Emphasis Programs Manager in the Intelligent Systems Division of NASA’s Ames Research Center.

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Meet Dr Trebi-Ollenu, the Ghanaian-born team lead of NASA InSight space rover on Mars

On Monday, November 26, 2018, InSight, a spacecraft belonging to America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) landed the on Mars. Since the landing Africans in America, especially those with affiliations with Ghana, have also been celebrating.

This is because at the heart of the historic landing on Mars is the remarkable work of Ghanaian-born engineer, Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, who is the team lead for InSight at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu builds robotic components for planetary exploration, a dream that began as a young child in Ghana. He is in charge of the InSight mission’s robotic arm and hand.

Born in Ghana, Dr Trebi-Ollennu has been working at NASA since 1999 and has risen to become the Chief Engineer of Robotics at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Continue reading “Meet Dr Trebi-Ollenu, the Ghanaian-born team lead of NASA InSight space rover on Mars”