Dr Elsie Kaufmann is popularly known as the fiery Quiz mistress of the popular National Science and Maths Quiz since 2006.
The platform has put a national spotlight on her, and nobody has been more deserving of this than her.
Dr. Elsie Effah Kaufmann, who is a Senior Lecturer and founding Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana, was born on September 7, 1969.
Her role as the key quiz mistress of the NSMQ was earned due to her contributions and leadership in the study of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the country.
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.
With such a background, she could have made a life for herself away from Ghana, but she came back home and joined the University of Ghana in 2001.
She was appointed as the first Head of the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2006 and served as Head for a number of years (2006-2012, 2014-2016).
In 2010 she was elected to represent non-professorial academic staff on the highest decision-making body of the University of Ghana, the University Council, a position she held for four years. In 2011 Dr. Effah Kaufmann was a winner of the prestigious International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellowship.
Dr. Effah 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.
Dr. Effah Kaufmann is the 2017 Impact Africa Summit Laureate for Education in Ghana.
Dr. Effah Kaufmann is a Board member of the African Gifted Foundation Ghana (African Science Academy) and the British International School-Ghana.
She is the current President of the Ghana Society of Biomedical Engineers.
Last May, the society received FDA approval to produce not for sale face shields to support the COVID-19 management efforts.
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