Bennet Nii Akwei Brown

Bennet graduated as the overall best science student in Adisadel College, a top three senior high school in Ghana. He contested in National Science and Mathematics Quiz (NSMQ) for Adisadel College in 2015. As captain of the Adisadel College Science and Math Quiz team,  he spearheaded the team’s success as the nation’s first runner up by organising several trial sessions among his peers and being an fiery force of motivation. At Columbia, he plans to major in Electrical Engineering and minor in Sustainability Engineering.

Bennet Nii Akwei Brown

In his final year in Adisadel College, he was the President of National Society of Black Engineers. As an ardent advocate of green energy, he organized and led an energy-saving campaign to educate students in the Cape Coast Metropolis (Ghana). The campaign comprised several presentations, seminars and workshops.

He, with the assistance of some colleagues, carried out a research on the susceptibility of mosquitoes and bedbugs to three insecticides under the supervision of his mentor, Mr John Essandoh.This research was part of an ongoing national exercise to curb the ever growing malaria pandemic.

In his gap year, Bennet served his alma mater as a coach of the college science and math quiz team and as a teaching assistant for experimental Physics and Chemistry.

He is also Co-Founder of Happy Needmas (a foundation that raises funds for needy children during festive seasons).

During the summer before his enrollment at Columbia, Bennet worked with a student from Grinnell College on ‘Aspire for More’ (A Davis Project for Peace) in organizing a seminar to empower junior high school students to pursue paths in education.

Bennet takes delight in sharing ideas with his peers. He enjoys reading entrepreneurial books, playing table tennis and Chess. At Columbia, he hopes to make very good use of the state-of the-art facilities, excellent resource persons and vibrant student body available to pursue his research to the benefit of humanity and make the world a better place to live. Getting an electrical engineering degree won't be enough for him."