FACULTY RESUME SUMMARY
Dr. Yaw A. Owusu was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems Engineering (in the College of Computer Science & Engineering) at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia from 1983 to July 15, 1987. He was also a consultant to the KFUPM Research Institute at the Division of Geology and Minerals. His work included teaching, research, and development of laboratories in metrology and computer aided quality control and computer applications in manufacturing technology. Dr. Owusu was the Technical Project Manager and Principal Investigator of externally sponsored projects on "Chemical Stabilization of Eolian (wind blown) Sand" at the Research Institute (Division of Geology & Minerals). He was the co-principal investigator of a research project on "Wind Blown Sand Control Project for the Industrial city of Al-Jubail" in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sponsored by the Royal Commission at the tune of about two million US dollars (US $2. 00 million) (1985-1987).
From 1980 to 1983, Dr. Owusu held the position of an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA. The emphasis of his assignment was on teaching, research, and development of manufacturing and engineering materials laboratories.
RESEARCH AND CONSULTING EXPERTISE
Dr. Owusu's research interests include manufacturing technology, computer applications in manufacturing technology, rural industries, decertification problems, computer applications in industrial quality control, and engineering materials utilization in industries.
The research and consulting work done with private companies and foreign governments included metrology and quality control with computer application for Saudi Arabian government and the Research Institute of King Fadh University of Petroleum and Mineral in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The research involved stabilization of eolian (wind blown) sand at airports, townships, and farmlands. From 1978 to 1983 some extensive research work was performed for Ford Motor Company in Detroit on curing of composite materials using microwave technology. From 1980 to 1983 consulting work was done for ALTA RACK Company in Detroit on fabrication of steel frames and structures. Research and consulting work were performed on plastics and injection molding processes for Saudi Arabian private companies (1983-1987) for air conditions and refrigerators. Dr. Owusu has taught courses in the areas of plastics and composites, metrology and quality control, manufacturing processes and engineering materials since 1980 to the present at Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan, the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhrahran, Saudi Arabia; and currently teaching similar courses at FAMU/FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, Florida.
CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
Current research interests include curing of composite materials;
concurrent engineering application to manufacturing processes
and engineering material selection for design and manufacturing;
robot application for industrial processes; and computer application
to metrology and industrial quality control. Other most recent
research is the area of bioconversion and reprocessing of waste
materials such as paper, pomace, and cellulosic waste materials
into useful products.
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