Prof. Ahmad Addo was appointed as the Acting Director of the Brew Hammond Energy Center(TBHEC) on July 01, 2013 after the demise of Prof. J. P. Brew Hammond in March 2013, andlater on as the Director from August 01, 2014 to July 31, 2015. Prof. Addo’s research areas include agricultural process engineering and bioenergy. He also has interest in renewable energy development skills. Prof. Addo is known for his quality leadership skills of which he supervised numerous projects which started under his predecessor and also those initiated during his appointment.
The projects included; Capacity Developmentin higher Education and research, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Biogas, Renewable Energy (RE) Training, RE Efficiency/ Climate and Resource protection, RE for food processing. The other project partners were Ecowas Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), TU Dortmund, Newcastle University etc.
Prof. Addo’s academic excellence is not the only quality that makes his leadership exceptional but his personality as hardworking, honest, modest, energetic, loyal, and respectful. This made it possible for him to lead his colleagues at a critical moment as director of TBHEC. He believes character molding is a strong foundation for every successful achievement. Therefore, young engineers who worked under
Prof. Addo were given the opportunity to explore their potentials without any hindrance during their training at TBHEC. Prof. Addo has a BSc. (Hons) Agricultural Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of science and Technology (KNUST) in I990, Certificate in Farm Mechanization from Tsukuba International Agricultural Training Center Japan in 1994, MSc. Biosystems Science and PhD Agricultural Engineering from University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba-Japan in 1997 and 2002.
Prof. has served in many leadership positions in the university and Ghana at large. He was the Supervisor of the Engineering Section of Kpong Farms Ltd., a defunct subsidiary of Volta River Authority. He also served as the Hall Master of Unity Hall of KNUST from 2010 to 2014. Currently, he is the Head of Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering, KNUST.
Prof. Addo has offered services to other sister institutions. He served as a part-time lecturer at the University of Cape Coast and was on sabbatical leave at University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi campus. He is currently a visiting lecturer at the Ho Technical University where he teaches on the MTech programme in Agricultural Engineering. Prof. Addo is a registered professional engineer, a member ofthe International Society for Development and Sustainability, Japan, Ghana Institute of Engineers, Ghana Society of Agricultural engineering and American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
The commitment of Prof. Addo is warmly felt by the Center, and all fellows appreciate his contributions to the Center as a former director and a fellow.