The general public is cordially invited to attend the 5th edition of the Public Lecture Series in commemoration of Regent’s tenth anniversary.
The 5th public lecture will be delivered by Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, FIET, FRAeS, SMIEE, PMP, FGA, a robotics engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA.
The topic for the lecture is, “The Benefits of Space Exploration to Emerging Economies”.
Venue: Regent University College, McCarthy Hill
Date: 31st October 2016
The public lecture is free and open to the public.
Be a part of this revelatory discussion with a luminary in space exploration.
Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, FIET, FRAeS, SMIEE,PMP, FGA, is the Product Delivery Manager, for the InSight Mars Mission Instrument Deployment System, Instrument Deployment System operations Team Chief and a technical group lead in the Robotic Manipulation & Sampling group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he has been since 1999. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K., and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K. Senior Member IEEE RAS and IEEE SMC. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is also a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. His current research at JPL focuses on Planetary Rovers, Manipulation, Multiple Mobile Robots (Planetary Outpost), Reconfigurable Robots and Man-machine Interaction. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu’s research has resulted in more than 95 publications.
Dr. Trebi-Ollennu received the 2008 NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for his contributions to the Mars Exploration Rover mission, 2007 Outstanding Engineer Award from IEEE Region 6, 2007 Sir Monty Finniston Achievement Medal from Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K., 2010 Specialist Silver Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K. and The 21st Century Trailblazer Award in Systems Engineering from the U.S.A. National Society of Black Engineers, at the 2012 NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is a recipient of over a dozen NASA Group Achievement Awards. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, U.K., and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, U.K. Senior Member IEEE RAS and IEEE SMC. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is also a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has served as a Guest Editor of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Magazine, Special Issue on Mars Exploration Rovers (June 2006). Dr. Trebi-Ollennu has been on PhD committees at the Robotic Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh USA. Dr Trebi-Ollennu is the founder of the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation (GRAF) that won the prestigious Google RISE Award 2013.
Media appearances: Dr. Trebi-Ollennu has appeared on several BBC World Service Radio programs including, BBC World Service News, BBC Focus on Africa program, BBC U.K. Wellcome Trust Exchanges at the Frontier, BBC World Have Your Say, BBC Science Africa Festival 2013, Click on BBC World Service. In addition, Dr. Trebi-Ollennu has been interviewed by several media outlets around the world including USA, Ghana, Uganda, Brunei, Malaysia, etc. Dr. Trebi-Ollennu also participated in IEEE Public Visibility as the spokesperson for Curiosity Mars Rover in 2013.