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Danquah Named Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Professor Michael Danquah has been selected as the next Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, effective August 1, 2023. His faculty home will be within the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

“We are excited for Dr. Danquah to join our college and are looking forward to the experience and leadership he will bring to this position,” said TCE Dean Matthew Mench, the Wayne T. Davis Dean’s Chair of the College. “The Tickle College of Engineering is enjoying exciting times with significant positive momentum in nearly all areas. In his new role, Dr. Danquah will have a tremendous opportunity to help us continue shaping our future and meet our mission as the flagship land grant institution in the state of Tennessee.”

He comes to the college from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where he most recently served as a Guerry Professor and associate dean of their College of Engineering and Computer Science and director of the Chemical Engineering program. During his tenure at UTC, he was instrumental in creating new transfer pathways and academic programs and overseeing accreditation activities, amongst others.

“This opportunity to join the Tickle College of Engineering and be a part of its growth and accomplishments was one that immediately drew my interest,” said Danquah. “I am eager to be a part of that journey, and I am inspired by the direction the college and its students, faculty, and staff are headed.”

Michael Danquah inside a research lab sitting in an office chair, facing the camera.

Danquah first came to UTC in 2018 and has served in several other faculty roles at stops in Australia and Malaysia, along with industry experience.

He earned his bachelor’s at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana in 2004, and his doctorate from Monash University in Australia in 2008, with all degrees in chemical engineering. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In addition to the countless honors he has earned for his research throughout his career, Danquah was recently named the recipient of the 2023 Joseph N. Cannon Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering by the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

Danquah’s areas of expertise include biosensing, targeted delivery, and bioremediation, with more than 300 research publications and over 17,000 citations emerging from his work.

He takes over as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs from Associate Professor Emeritus J.A.M. “Toby” Boulet, who came out of retirement to serve in the role on an interim basis in November 2022.


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