Dr Elsie A. B. Effah Kaufmann Receives National Society of Black Engineers 2018 Golden Torch Award

Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering Sciences at the University of Ghana, has received the 2018 Golden Torch Award for International Academic Leadership at the just ended 44th Annual National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Conference in Pittsburgh, USA.


Dr Kaufmann, whose work is being recognized by the National Society of Black Engineers worldwide, is the first female recipient of the International Leadership Award.  

In a statement signed by the Director of Programs, NSBE Ghana Billy James Dega, said the award is given to a leader and a strong supporter of NSBE international who demonstrates excellence in support of academics on an international level and exhibits a commitment to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

An elated Dr. Elsie Kaufmann receiving the award.

In receiving the award, Dr. Kaufmann said “I feel incredibly honoured. It is also gratifying to know that the activities in which I have been involved are appreciated and beneficial to so many people. I am grateful for the opportunity to make an impact.”

She added, “This award signifies international recognition of my work. As I go around Ghana interacting with students at different levels and their teachers, I will showcase the award as confirmation that it is possible for our people to also be beacons of excellence, brightening their own corner, but the light they generate can transcend far beyond their imaginations. It is an encouragement to strive for excellence wherever one finds himself or herself.”

Dr Elsie Effah Kaufmann is a Senior Lecturer and 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, Dr Kaufmann received her postdoctoral training at Rutgers University before joining the University of Ghana in 2001.

Dr Kaufmann's teaching and research focus on Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials and Application of Biomedical Engineering concepts to the solution of problems in the Ghanaian context. She was the recipient of the University of Ghana’s Best Teacher Award for the Sciences in 2009. She is also keenly interested in Science education at all levels and has been the Host/ Quiz Mistress of the Ghana National Science & Mathematics Quiz TV Program since 2006. Dr Effah Kaufmann is the 2017 Impact Africa Summit Laureate for Education in Ghana. The award recognizes her “exceptional and continuous contribution to science education in Ghana and for being a role model and inspiration to many young girls”.

Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) was founded in 1975. It is a student-run organization, with core activities centred on improving the recruitment and retention of Black and other minority engineers, in both academia and industry.  NSBE states as its mission to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. The programme was aimed at promoting women and girls in science, technology and engineering.

Ghana was the first among other African countries to establish an NSBE chapter in August 1998 and has provided opportunities for personal and professional success of its members and since then remains unmatched by any other organization to date.



Congratulations Dr. Elsie Kauffman.  You are deserving of this award. You make us proud!