Academician and Quiz Mistress of the National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ), Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann has expressed that as one who finds delight in contributing something to society, she always shares her story as a woman in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with the hope that young ones, especially women will be inspired.
In an interview with YFM’s Rev Erskine on the Y Leaderboard Series, she stated: “I come into contact with a lot of the young ladies. I am mentoring a whole battalion of young ladies. I hope that by telling my story, they listen to me and they know that it is possible to also do something. It takes determination and a plan. Say I want to do something, what do I have to do? Where do I get the support? How do I navigate to get to where I want to be and see the example that somebody has been able to do it? I can also do it. They [my mentees] know that it is also possible to do something. I make myself available for my mentees. It is worth it. I prioritize them”.
Meanwhile she has bemoaned the underrepresentation of women in STEM and has called for a look into how it can be improved. “Women are hugely underrepresented especially in my discipline, not only in Ghana but worldwide and it is not good. Many people don’t seem to appreciate it”, she stated.
Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann is a founding Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE), a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and a PhD in Bioengineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. After her graduate studies she received her postdoctoral training at Rutgers University before joining the University of Ghana in 2001..
She was recently promoted to Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana.
By: Alberta Dorcas N D Armah