Profile of the Dean
Engr. Prof. Mike Agbesi Acheampong was born on 21 October 1969 in Kumasi, Ghana. He is an Environmental/Chemical Engineer by training. He has blended this background with expertise in Environmental Biotechnology. He obtained his B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering) and M.Sc. (Water Supply and Environmental Sanitation) degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana in 1996 and 2005, respectively. In October 2013, he obtained a joint PhD degree in Environmental/Chemical Engineering from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and the Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Engr. Prof. Acheampong worked for Unilever (Ghana) Limited (1996), Nestlé (Ghana) Limited (1997 - 1998), Premier Distribution Agency and Demax investments (1998 - May 2003) before joining Kumasi Polytechnic in May 2003 as Senior Instructor in the department of Chemical Engineering. Through hard work and dedication to duty, he became a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in 2005 and 2011, respectively. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in Environmental/Chemical Engineering in 2014.
Engr. Prof. Acheampong is an Environmental and Chemical Engineering Consultant. He is an expert on metallurgical wastewater treatment using sorption technology. He also has expertise in the area of Chemical Process Plant and Products Design, Industrial Safety, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Pollution Prevention and Control Techniques, Wastewater Quality Management, Freshwater Quality Management, Solid Waste Management, Water and Wastewater Treatment and Writing of Environmental Reports (Environmental Management Plan, Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Assessment). He is an advocate of Cleaner Production Technology for environmental sustainability.
He is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at Kumasi Technical University in Ghana. He acted as Rector/Vice Chancellor of the University on several occasions. He was the Head of the Chemical Engineering department of Kumasi Polytechnic from September 2007 to February 2009 and September 2014 to September 2015. In addition, Engr. Prof. Acheampong acted as Head of the Chemical Engineering department from June to August 2014.
He is an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Regional Maritime University in Ghana; a Visiting Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering and Technology at the Madonna University in Nigeria and an Associate Professor at the Graduate School (Coventry University Masters Programme) at the Kumasi campus of Ghana Technology University College in Ghana. Prof. Acheampong is also External Assessor to some local and foreign Universities.
In the area of collaborative research, he has been working together with individual researchers in the relevant departments of a number of local and international academic institutions. Some of the institutions are CSIR Water Research Institute in Ghana; College of Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, KNUST in Ghana; Department of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands; Department of Environmental Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand; Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology in India; Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Universidade do Porto in Portugal and College of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, University of South Florida in the USA.
He has supervised and still supervising Higher National Diploma, Bachelor of Technology/Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctorial theses. I am External Examiner of Master of Science and Doctorial theses for some local and international Universities.
He has published forty-seven (47) scholarly papers since 2009, including eight (8) conference papers and a book. In 2013, he published the book "Sustainable gold mining wastewater treatment by sorption using low-cost materials (ISBN: 978-1-138-00165-7)".
Engr. Prof. Acheampong is the Leader of the Partnership for Applied Sciences (PASS) project. The Partnership for Applied Sciences Project is a partnership between Kumasi Technical University (KsTU), Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU), and three German Universities of Applied Sciences (Hochshule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, TH Köln University of Applied Sciences, and International Hochshule Bad Honnef – Bonn International University of Applied Sciences). The four-year (July, 2017 – June, 2021) project, funded through the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD/MIWF), aims at achieving full transformation of KsTU and CCTU according to the model of German Universities of Applied Sciences.
At the professional level, he is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Ghana and an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK. He is also a member of the Ashanti Chapter of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Alumni Association and International X-Ray Absorption Society (IXAS).
Engr. Prof. Acheampong is married to Rita D. Acheampong (Mrs.) and they have three lovely children, Manuella, Mike Jnr. and Philbert.