…….Mensah moved to Bell laboratories in 1986, where he led a program to develop the first laser guided weapons for the US Department of Defense guided missile program which enabled the development of missiles that travel at the speed of sound (Mach 1). .
Dr. Thomas Mensah’s works are in fields relating to the development of Fiber Optics and Nanotechnology. He was awarded 7 USA and worldwide patents in Fiber Optics within a period of six years. In all, he has some 14 patents to his name. On March 20, 2015 Mensah was inducted into the USA National Academy of Inventors at their 4th annual conference held at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
Thomas Mensah was born in Kumasi, Ghana. His father J.K. Mensah, was a business merchant who shipped cocoa products to chocolate manufacturers in France.As a child, Mensah begun learning to read newspapers and attained fluency in the French language early as he would often engage in conversations in French with his father’s clients.
After completing his undergraduate studies in Ghana at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Chemical Engineering, Mensah received a French government fellowship to study in at Montpellier University in France. Prior to that, he attended Adisadel College in Cape Coast Ghana. As a result of his fluency in French, he won the National French competition in Ghana, both at the Ordinary Levels (1968) and Advanced Levels 1970 in Accra Ghana.
While at Montpellier University in France he took part in a program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and received a certificate in Modeling and Simulation of Chemical Processes from MIT in 1977. A year later, he graduated with a PhD.
Mensah worked at Air Products and Chemicals from 1980 to 1983.
In 1983 Mensah joined Corning Glass Works, working in fiber optics research at Sullivan Park, New York. Researchers at Corning had previously developed optical fiber with loss below the crucial attenuation limit of 20 dB/km, but the fibers could not be manufactured at rates higher than 2 meters per second.Mensah improved the manufacturing process through a series of innovations, raising the speed of manufacture to 20 meters per second by 1985. This made the cost of optical fiber comparable to traditional copper cables. Mensah received the Corning Glass Works Individual Outstanding Contributor Award for this work in 1985. His work ultimately raised speed of manufacture above 50 m/s.
Mensah moved to Bell laboratories in 1986, where he led a program to develop the first laser guided weapons for the US Department of Defense guided missile program which enabled the development of missiles that travel at the speed of sound (Mach 1). This technology developed by Mensah earned him three patents.
Mensah is President and CEO of Georgia Aerospace Systems that manufactures nano composite structures used in missiles and aircraft for the US Department of Defense.
Mensah also serves on the board of a number of organizations including the AIChE National Board of Directors (1987–1990) and is a current Trustee of the Board of AIChE Foundation, and member of the board for the NASA Space Grant Consortium at Georgia Institute of Technology.Mensah was elected a Fellow US National Academy of Inventors in 2014.
Since early 2016 Mensah has been working to create a “Silicon Valley of the South” in the US State of Texas.
Mensah is a recipient of several awards including Turner’s Trumpet Award for Fiber Optics Innovation, Percy Julian Award, Golden Torch Award; the highest award by NSBE, William Grimes Award and Eminent Engineers award by AIChE.