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Manager Engineering

United States
$80~85K p.a
August 22, 2012

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Michigan Technological University (M.T.U)

Chemical Engineering Department,

**** ******** *****,

Houghton, MI 49931



Over 3.5 years hands-on experience in designing and conducting enzymatic / saccharification hydrolysis experiments using ligno-cellulosic biomass

Over three and half years’ experience in conducting life cycle environmental impact assessments

Skilled in Environmental Impact Assessment Simulation Tools

Skilled in Engineering Process Simulation Tools (Aspen Plus & Unisim)

Two years’ experience in Oil and Gas downstream processing

Relevant Leadership and Mentoring Skills


Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI

PhD Chemical Engineering Expected August 2012 Thesis: The Potential of Industrial Waste and Agricultural Feedstock towards Sustainable Biofuels Production: Techno-Economic and Environmental Impact Perspectives.

Sponsors: Bio-Refinery Center of Energy Excellence / Dairy Management Incorporated

Advisor: David Shonnard (Robbins Chair Professor in Sustainability)

GPA: 3.80 / 4

MS Chemical Engineering Awarded April 2012

Certification: Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Awarded August 2011

Coursework: • Advanced Chemical Engineering Mathematics • Advanced Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics • Chemical Engineering Reaction Kinetics • Advanced Transport Phenomena • Environmental and Energy Policy • Biochemical Processes • Energy Technology and Policy

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Kumasi, Ghana

BSc Chemistry June 2006


Michigan Technological University

Project: Hydrolysis Research to Investigate Pathways to Produce Sugars and Amino Acids from Defatted Dry Mill Syrup.


1. Evaluation of whether carbohydrates are single sugars or carbohydrate polymers in syrup

2. Determination of whether the protein fraction of the syrup streams contain single amino acids or polymeric amino acids

3. Optimize the hydrolysis scheme for both the carbohydrates and protein fraction in consultation with the project sponsors

4. Conduct a Techno-economic and Environmental Impact Assessment on the optimized schemes to inform commercialization decisions


Designed and analyzed the characterization properties of syrup using Scanning Electron Microscope,

Inductively Coupled Mass Plasma Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

Developed Job Safety Assessment for approval prior to every experiment

Detailed literature review to investigate various hydrolysis schemes for both carbohydrate and

protein fractions in the syrup

Designed experiments taking into account the various components of biomass in syrup as well as

safety related issues

Implemented enzymatic and dilute acid pretreatment of syrup to produce fermentable sugars using

reactors, incubators, autoclave, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) and cellulases

Conducted protein hydrolysis of syrup using proteases, HPLC and incubators

Prepared 80+ page carbohydrate optimization hydrolysis report

Prepared 60+ page protein optimization hydrolysis report

Michigan Technological University

Project: RET Site: “Wood-to-Wheels”- Research Experiences for High School Teachers in Sustainable Transportation Technologies


1. Increase teachers’ knowledge and understanding of engineering, science and technology, engineered systems, and engineering careers

2. Increase teachers’ capacity to transfer knowledge and experiences to their classroom teaching by providing experiences with state-of-the-art research equipment, instrumentation, vocabulary, and protocols

3. Help teachers improve instructional practice by engaging their students in active learning around real-world challenges

4. Develop teacher researchers as education leaders in their home schools and regions


Conducted the dilute acid hydrolysis in collaboration with high school teachers using aspen biomass feedstock as the species of investigation

Trained teachers in the use of lab equipment such as: HPLC, autoclave, incubator and distillation apparatus

Trained teachers in conducting fermentation, distillation experiments and analyzing data from HPLC

Trained teachers to develop poster to display their results using Microsoft office

Michigan Technological University

Project: Regional Carbon Footprint Analysis of Dairy Feeds for Milk Production in the US.


1. To identify a segment in the dairy supply chain where the industry can innovate to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

2. To provide a benchmark to measure the industry’s progress towards achieving its voluntary reduction goal and for future GHG offset projects

3. To position the dairy products in the marketplace based on sustainable attributes and consequently proactively respond to consumer concerns


Identified the commonly used dairy feeds in the United States through a nationwide survey

Performed extensive literature survey to obtain the most comprehensive data set for analysis

Implemented a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) on all the dairy feeds identified using SimaPro and

other LCA modeling tools

Prepared 100+ page final LCA report

Study has been published in a peer reviewed journal and presented at various AICHE conferences

Michigan Technological University

Project: Carbon Footprint Analysis of Dairy Feeds from a Mill in Michigan, USA


1. To develop a life cycle assessment methodology applicable to the animal feed mill industry to accommodate a large number of inputs and activities associated with dairy mill operations

2. To gain an understanding of the relative importance of milled dairy feed inputs on the GHG emissions of the outputs of the mill, which are themselves inputs to dairy milk production through the application of these developed methodology


Developed a survey instrument for the collection of input data for the life cycle impact analysis

Implemented a LCA on a single dairy feed milling facility located in Michigan

Hybrid approach of LCA analysis was adopted by employing SimaPro and other environmental impact assessment simulation tools such as open I/O and EIOLCA given the large set of inventory

Prepared 50+ page final LCA report

Study is currently under review for publication in a peer review journal and has been presented at various AICHE conferences

Michigan Technological University

Project: Review of Life Cycle Analysis Literature Related to Environmental Impacts of Dairy Production


1. To help focus primary data collection efforts on areas of the production chain (e.g. land use, water use, eutrophication etc.) that have the biggest impacts or have data with the most uncertainty

2. Inform decisions regarding the acceptable range of values for input parameters to model for probabilistic scenario analysis of the model predictions


The literature was thoroughly reviewed to obtain huge amount of inventory and other input data which were organized in excel for environmental impact assessment

SimaPro and Microsoft excel were adopted in implementing a high level LCA scan for modeling the following environmental impacts : land use intensity, water and eutrophication among others

Prepared 30+ page final LCA report

Data and conclusions generated for internal consumption of management served as a basis in meeting their long term goal of reducing GHG emissions to levels corresponding to 25% reduction by 2020


Petroleum Warehousing & Supplies Ltd (Subsidiary of the Sahara Group of Companies), Tema, Ghana

Operations Supervisor Nov 2007-Aug 2008

Liaised with the surveyor and vessel captain on vessel arrival

Supervised product receipt into tanks from vessels

Supervised truck loading

Raised truck loading manifest and loading meter ticket

Ensured quality and quantity actualization

Ensured bulk stock is accounted for

Prepared daily, weekly and monthly stock report

Supervised all loading activities

Supervised laboratory analysis to ensure product quality

Prepared and issued product evacuation documents


Successfully collaborated with other engineers and technicians in running daily operations at the depot

Effectively sensitized workers on safety related issues at the depot resulting in 0% incident free operations during my tenure

Effectively prioritized and organized workloads in a dynamic environment on a daily / weekly basis to meet client needs

Organized and implemented efficient work flow system that resulted in significant cost savings

Effectively implemented the duties of the chief chemist when she took maternity leave relying heavily on my chemistry background to analyze finished products

Tema Oil Refinery Tema, Ghana

Trainee Process Engineer Aug 2006-Aug 2007

Received Training in basic unit operations in the following departments:

Crude Distillation Unit

Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit

Waste Water and Treatment Unit

Movement of Oil and Product Unit


Successfully completed the one year training in downstream oil and gas unit processes

Effectively communicated with mentors (Department Heads, Supervisors, and Technicians) to execute basic unit operations and routine maintenances by providing timely feedback

Completed training in writing job safety assessment prior to any major maintenance work on the field

Successfully completed a one month intensive safety training program


Horteng Limited Tema, Ghana

Applied Chemistry Intern: Lab Officer Jun-Aug 2005

Analysis of finished product (Ice cream)

Submission of daily operations reports

Testing of different waste products prior to disposal

Preparation of calibration charts and education of staff


Successfully completed training programs in various departments

Prepared daily, weekly and monthly stock reports

Effectively collaborated with production and supply department ensuring supply of finished products to vendors


Adom F., Maes. A., Workman. C., Nierderman. Z., Thoma. G. and Shonnard. D. (2011). Regional Carbon Footprint Analysis of Dairy Feed for Milk Production in the United States. International. Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, in print, February 22, 2012 – online DOI 10.1007/s11367-012-0386-y

Adom F., Workman C., Thoma. G. and Shonnard. D. (2012). Carbon Footprint of Dairy Feed from a Mill in Michigan, USA. International. Dairy Journal. (in revisions).

Adom F., Davis. J., Dunn. P., and Shonnard. D. (2012). Compositional Analysis of Defatted Syrup from a Corn Ethanol Dry Mill as a Feedstock for Bio-Based Products (Under preparation). Bioresource Technology.

Adom F., Dunn. P., Ruccins. S. and Shonnard. D. (2012). Optimization of Dilute Acid and Enzymatic Pretreatment of Defatted Corn Syrup (Under preparation). Biomass and Bioenergy.

Adom F., Dunn. P., Ruccins. S. and Shonnard. D. (2012). Optimization of Protein Hydrolysis Scheme of Defatted Corn Syrup for the production of fermentable polyaminoacids, Biomass and Bioenergy. (Under preparation).

Adom F., Rogers. T., and Shonnard. D. (2012). Techno-Economic Analysis & Life Cycle Assessment Studies for the Bioconversion of defatted corn syrup to value added products, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. (Under preparation).

Thoma G., Popp J., Nutter D., Shonnard D., Ulrich R., Matlock M., Kim D.S., Neiderman Z., Kemper N. East C. and Adom F., (current special issue, 2012), International. Dairy Journal., Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Milk Production and Consumption in the United States: A Cradle to Grave Life Cycle Assessment circa 2008, (in revisions).


Regional Carbon Footprint of Dairy Feed for Milk Production in the United States. 2011 Annual

AIChE Conference, October, 2011.

Carbon Footprint of Dairy Feed from a Mill in Michigan, USA 2011 Annual AIChE Conference, October, 2011.

Regional Carbon Footprint of Dairy Feed for Milk Production and a dairy feed mill in the United

States. 2010 Annual AIChE Conference, November, 2010.

The Potential of Industrial Waste Stream for the Production of Biofuels and Bioenergy in the

United States. 2010 Annual Sustainability Research Projects Session Conference (MTU), October,



Regional Carbon Footprint of Dairy Feed for Milk Production in the United States. 2011 Annual

Carbon Footprint of a Dairy Feed Mill Located in Michigan, USA. 2011 Annual

Review of Life Cycle Analysis Literature Related to Environmental Impacts of Dairy Production. 2010 Annual

Preliminary Characterization of Defatted Corn Syrup as a Potential Biomass Feedstock. 2009 Annual

Optimization of Dilute Acid and Enzymatic Pretreatment of Defatted Corn Syrup. 2010 Annual

Optimization of Protein Hydrolysis Scheme of Defatted Corn Syrup. 2012 Annual




Visio Technique

Open Input Output modeling tool Unisim R400

Aspen Plus


Economic Input Output Lifecycle Assessment MS Excel Visual Basic

MS Office

Argonne GREET

modeling tool


Michigan Tech University

Member, Federation of Environmental Technologist (FET)

Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Member, National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS)

Membership, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Academic Chair Excellence (01/12-12/2010), African Student Organization (ASO)

Associate Member, Royal Society of Chemistry

Appointed Scholar, Sustainable Futures Institute


Graduate Research Assistant, awarded from Working Bugs, LLC (2010-present)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, awarded from Dairy Management, Incorporated (2008-2009)

Appointed Graduate Scholar of Sustainable Futures Institute

Honoree: Awarded full financial aid to study a PhD at M.T.U

Honoree: Awarded the “Promising Leader Award” by Student Chemical Society

Honoree: “Academic Excellence Scholarship” to pursue science studies as a major in high school.


Enjoy playing soccer, chess, scrabble, and travelling.


David Shonnard-Robbins Chair Professor in Sustainability (Ph.D. Advisor)

Director of Sustainable Futures Institute

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Sciences & Engineering Dept.

Michigan Technological University

Phone: 906-***-****

Jason Keith-Professor of Chemical Engineering (Formal Instructor at Michigan Tech)

Director, and Earnerst W.Deavenport, Jr.Chair

Department of Chemical Engineering

Mississippi State University

Phone: (662) 326- 2480


Tony N.Rogers, Ph.D.-Interim Chair, Chemical Engineering (Ph.D. Committee member)

Michigan Technological University (MTU)

1400 Townsend Drive, Chem-Sci 203

Houghton, MI 49931-1295

Phone: 906-***-****


King Kuuku Yankson-Deputy Depot Manager (Manager at Petroleum Warehouse & Supplies Ltd)

Sahara Bulk Storage-

Petroleum Warehouse Storage Limited (PWSL)

Gt. Accra, Tema, Ghana

Phone: (233-**-***-**** or (234)81-343-13490

E-mail: king

Abraham Quayson-Manager-Movement of Oil and Product (Manager at Tema Oil Refinery)

Tema Oil Refinery

Post Office Box CO 599

Gt. Accra, Tema, Ghana

Phone: (233-**-***-****

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