Wright State faculty member Daniel Adomako Asamoah named Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow

Wright State faculty member Daniel Adomako Asamoah has been awarded a prestigious fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program for an educational project in Ghana.

Asamoah, associate professor of management information systems at the Raj Soin College of Business, will collaborate with the School of Technology in the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration on curriculum development in data analytics and business intelligence, research and graduate student mentorship.

Along with Joseph Adjei, the school’s dean and host faculty member, Asamoah will also hold a workshop on “Application of Data Analytics and Machine Learning (DA/ML) to Socio-Economic Issues in Africa.” The workshop will include stakeholders from academia, industry and the government who will exchange ideas on the role of data analytics and machine learning in addressing issues such as health care, agriculture and governance.

Using the fellowship as a foundation, Asamoah hopes to facilitate collaboration between Wright State and the institute in research and student mentorship.

“Particularly in the emerging domain of data analytics and machine learning, a lot can be learned in terms of when, how and why DA/ML can be applied to solve socio-economic issues in both the United States and Africa,” said Asamoah.

The project is one of a selected few that will pair African Diaspora scholars with higher education institutions and collaborators in Africa to work together on curriculum co-development, collaborative research, graduate training and mentoring activities.

Similar to the Peace Corps and Fulbright programs, the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program supports educational projects in Africa. The program is designed to strengthen capacity at the host institutions and develop long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada.

The program is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education in collaboration with United States International University-Africa. A total of 527 African Diaspora fellowships have now been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.

The fellowships match African host universities with African-born scholars teaching in universities in the United States and Canada. The scholars visit the host institutions for up to 90 days.

In applying for the fellowship, Asamoah applauded the strong support of Thomas Traynor, dean of the Raj Soin College of Business, and the mentorship of Wakiuru Wamwara, associate professor of marketing, who received Wright State’s International Education Award in 2019.

Asamoah earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical/electronic engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, and his master’s degree in telecommunications management and his Ph.D. in management information systems from Oklahoma State University.


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