Headshot of Michael Danquah

Danquah Named Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

By David Goddard. Photography by Randall Brown.

Professor Michael Danquah began serving in August as the college’s associate dean for academic and student affairs. Danquah, who comes to the college from UT Chattanooga, is on the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

“We are excited for Dr. Danquah to join our college and are looking forward to the experience and leadership he will bring to this position,” said Matthew Mench, dean and Wayne T. Davis Dean’s Chair. “The Tickle College of Engineering is enjoying exciting times with significant positive momentum in nearly all areas. In his new role, Dr. Danquah will have a tremendous opportunity to help us continue shaping our future and meet our mission as the flagship land-grant institution in the state of Tennessee.”

I am eager to be a part of that journey, and I am inspired by the direction the college and its students, faculty, and staff are headed.”

—Michael Danquah

At UT Chattanooga, Danquah served most recently as a Guerry Professor and associate dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science and director of the Chemical Engineering program. He was instrumental in creating new transfer pathways and academic programs and overseeing accreditation activities.

“This opportunity to join the Tickle College of Engineering and be a part of its growth and accomplishments was one that immediately drew my interest,” said Danquah. “I am eager to be a part of that journey, and I am inspired by the direction the college and its students, faculty, and staff are headed.”

Danquah first came to UT Chattanooga in 2018 and has served in several other faculty roles at stops in Australia and Malaysia, along with industry experience. He earned his bachelor’s at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana in 2004 and his doctorate from Monash University in Australia in 2008, both in chemical engineering.

He is a fellow of both the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In addition to numerous honors for his research throughout his career, Danquah was named the 2023 recipient of the Joseph N. Cannon Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering by the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

Danquah’s areas of expertise include biosensing, targeted delivery, and bioremediation, with more than 300 research publications and more than 17,000 citations emerging from his work.

He takes over as associate dean from Associate Professor Emeritus J.A.M. “Toby” Boulet, who came out of retirement to serve in the role on an interim basis in November 2022.

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