Ghanaian Petroleum Researcher based in USA wins over $17.5 Million grant from US Department of Energy

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A leading petroleum researcher from Ghana and based in the United States of America (USA), Dr. William Amponsah has been awarded a grant by the United States Department of Energy, to the tune of $17.5 million. can report that Dr. Amponsah currently works with the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology (NMT).

A colleague of Dr. Amponsah, Solomon Owusu who said the research proposal submitted by the the awardee was adjudged second among many proposals from dozens of petroleum engineering institutions in the USA.



Dr Ampomah holds a  bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from KNUST, Ghana and a  Master’s and PhD in Petroleum Engineering from NMT.

“In 2019, he championed the school’s academic collaboration project with KNUST-Kumasi and UNR-Sunyani. His team made an official trip to Ghana in April, 2019 to visit these universities.

Collaborating with Solomon Owusu in Denver, Colorado, the team included UMaT-Tarkwa and they visited the school during the same trip. Again, the team had  a meeting with the Energy Minister, Hon. John Peter Amewu at the ministries in Accra on potential research opportunities to improve the energy sector in Ghana and recruitment of Ghanaian students into the school.

Dr Ampomah will recruit more petroleum graduate students to embark on the project. Details of the grant can be found in the link below,” the University’s website noted.



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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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