‘Hold on to your dreams.’ Meet PGSC member Mensah Brobbey

This #FeatureFriday, we have the pleasure of introducing Mensah Brobbey, one of the Process Engineering Department’s Postgraduate Student Council (PGSC) members.

Hailing from Ghana, Mensah is the Monthly Bulletin Editor for the PGSC. He chose to study chemical engineering because of the flexibility and broad range that the field covers. “[I also enjoy] seeing how raw materials are transformed by seemingly simple processes,” Mensah adds. Mensah is currently a master’s candidate, under the supervision of Prof Johann Görgens. His research topic is: Techno-economic Analysis of Acrylic Acid and Propylene Glycol Biorefineries Annexed to a Typical South African Sugar Mill. “On the current path to reducing our carbon footprint, even the little contributions matter, and my project gives me knowledge in that regard,” explains Mensah on why he is passionate about his research.

Advice for future chemical engineering students

To aspiring chemical engineering students, and especially international students studying abroad, Mensah has some insight to share: ” It can get frustrating at times but hold on to that dream and passion that put you in that position in the first place.” We also asked Mensah to share his favourite chemical engineering joke, and it’s a keeper: “To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.”