Governor John Nathan Deal of the State of Georgia in the United States of America (USA) personally met with and congratulated Dr. Thomas Mensah, the US trained Scientist and fiber optics inventor for his induction into the USA National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
The meeting which happened in the Governor’s office at the State Capitol afforded Dr. Mensah the opportunity to personally show his NAI medal and plaque to Governor Dean who then expressed his profound appreciation to the Inventor and Scientist. Dr. Mensah also gave a copy of his autobiography to the Governor.
In March 2015 the Georgia legislature agreed on Resolution 646 to commend the works of Dr. Mensah, saying it was found “abundantly fitting and proper that the outstanding accomplishments of this remarkable and distinguished Georgian be appropriately recognized”.
Resolution 646 goes on to further say that “The House of Representatives commend Dr. Thomas Mensah on his tremendous contributions to fiber optics technologies and his service to his community, this state, and the nation”.
Dr. Mensah, CEO of Georgia Aerospace who is one of only two Scientists from Georgia to be inducted into the NAI says he is deeply humbled by these recognitions and hoped that people all over the
world, especially youths see that they too can become whatever they set themselves to if they work hard because greatness is color blind, which is why he wrote the book The Right Stuff Comes in Black, Too. This autobiography is available on Amazon. Huw M.L. Davies; Emory University Scientist and Chemistry Professor; is the other NAI Fellow from Georgia.
On his book, Dr Mensah says:
as one of the three Blacks Inducted as a Fellow of the NAI among 167 Inventors, I felt it was important that this book be published to reach global audience
Through this book, Dr. Mensah in plain language shows that anyone irrespective of their racial background has an equal opportunity to attain the highest level of competence and realize significant achievements provided they are willing to discover their inborn talents and work harder to perfect them.
Members of the Georgia legislature who have spoken highly of Dr. Mensah recently include Ed Setzler of Georgia’s 35th district, the House of Chair of the Science and Technology Committee; Mike Dudgeon who is serving as the state Representative for District 25, the Senate Chair of Science and Technology Committee; and Representative Mable Thomas of the 56th District in Georgia, also member of the Science and Technology Committee in the legislature.
The Governor also met with Dr. Mensah in October 2013 when he hosted the President of Ghana — John Mahama — at his mansion for breakfast during the President’s visit to the USA that year.
Dr. Mensah studied at Montpelier University in France, holds a postgraduate certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Modeling and Simulation of Chemical Processes and is today known for acquiring 7 US Patents in Fiber Optics within a space of 6 years.
Source: Oral Ofori