The Alumni Association of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa in the Western Region has honoured Professor Emeritus Daniel Mireku-Gyimah, as the foundation Vice Chancellor of the University.
The event held at the weekend in Accra, was meant to celebrate Professor Emeritus Mireku-Gyimah as the first Professor in Mining Engineering, Africa, South of the Sahara and also to mark his 70th birth day anniversary.
An accompanying citation described Professor Mireku-Gyimah, in part as an astute academician, a stellar administrator, and a remarkable mentor to all categories of professional engineers in the mining and allied industries.
“We recognise and celebrate your sterling academic achievements, outstanding contributions towards the sustainability of the Mining, Oil & Gas Industry and the commendable role you have played in mentoring young and seasoned professionals across the industry.”
The President of the Association, Dr Stephen Kofi Ndede, who eulogised him said he was a trail-blazer in mining engineering through whose instrumentality UMaT had risen to become a renowned institution of research and academic pursuit. An elated Prof. Mireku-Gyimah expressed gratitude to the association for the honour done him saying, UMaT was one of the best universities that had produced scientists and mining engineers globally over the years.
UMaT, he noted, had turned out products whose jobs were ready in waiting and therefore, recommended it to all science, technology and engineering students to pursue studies there to the highest level.
Prof. Mireku-Gyimah has to his credit over 60 publications in journals and conference proceedings, three co-authored books and 20 technical reports on various aspects of mining including Mine Design and Planning, Mine Feasibility Study, Operations Research, Environmental Protection and Corporate Social Responsibility Management.
Prof. Mireku-Gyimah was in charge of the processes that upgraded the KNUST School of Mines into the Western University College of KNUST and also spearheaded the processes that transformed the College into the full-fledged University.
He is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS), Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE), Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG) and a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), UK.
BY NORMAN COOPER