Ghanaian biomedical engineer and Quiz Mistress of the National Science and Maths Quiz professor Elsie Kaufmann in an exclusive interview with Deloris Frimpong Manso on the Delay show expressed her worry on how difficult it has been for students to transition beautiful ideas (projects) into commercial use.
According to her, she has supervised a lot of mind blowing projects from her department as professor and is expecting those ideas to materialize but very unfortunate students have little or no avenues to support those projects.
When asked on why a lot of students are very good in class with projects but haven’t invented anything after school, she stress on the need for students to reason beyond classrooms and academics, putting into practice what have been taught, for that is the only way change can be made.
“I have seen and supervised beautiful projects in my department but the problem has always been how to transition those ideas into commercial use and to me that has been very worrying, professor Elsie Kaufmann told Delay.
I had always want to make a difference back home even as I was studying Abroad – Elsie Kaufmann.
Renowned quiz mistress of the national science and maths quiz Elsie Kaufmann on the delay show recounts how she had always wanted to make the difference back home whiles studying in US.
To her, she feels very fulfilled in impacting on students especially in the field of bio medical engineering, and as a quiz mistress, she’s very fascinated on how these young students are able to solve questions.
“I sometimes get blown away as to how these students answer some questions I personally think are difficult”.
When ask on why there are little female representatives on the National Science and Maths Quiz(NSMQ) competition, she sited inadequate preparation from the female side and lack of confidence as a reason why a lot of them hardly make it to the finals.
Explaining further, she said a lot of preparation goes on before the competition and sometimes females are not privy to spending more time with their teachers during that period and also some are not confidence enough during the competition.
Also on the Delay show, Professor Kaufmann spoke on how her teaching ethics shapes students into becoming time conscious and preparing them towards the jib market.
Watch the interview below
On the show, recounting how far she has come as professor and a quiz mistress, revealed that she is very fulfilled and happy for the growth she has contributed and making the difference especially as a woman in the field of biomedical Engineering.
Prof. Elsie Effah Kaufmann is an Associate Professor and founding Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Ghana. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE), a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and a PhD in Bioengineering, all from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.