Lecturer
Arts & Sciences
kgyamfi@ashesi.edu.gh
  • B.Sc. Mathematics. KNUST
  • M.Sc. Mathematical Modelling in Engineering; Theory, Numerics and Applications 
  • (Joint degree from University of L’Aquila, Italy and University of Nice, France)
 

Teaching Statement


Open problems exist in almost every facet of our lives. However, it requires careful study and analysis of events (or patterns) to correctly characterize them. I see mathematics as the discipline that provides the primary tools needed to develop problem solving capabilities. As I handle each topic in my course, I help students to see the relevancy, applicability and feasibility of the subject matter. Desisting from the frontal cold presentation of mathematical formulas common in most mathematics courses, I aim at helping students to see the course as not too abstract but rather one in which careful application leads to interesting and useful results. To put all these ideas become a reality, my goal in the classroom is to foster an active learning environment while stimulating students’ interest and curiosity in mathematics, and help them monitor their understanding. In addition the importance of offering students frequent opportunities to make conjectures as well as argue their validity is not downplayed.

Technology obviously has been an essential part of our modern life and students are the master users. Therefore, I always strive to integrate the latest technological innovations into my course. Computer software packages like Geogebra presents useful features which can enable students to widen their appreciation for fundamental concepts taught in my Pre-Calculus classroom. That notwithstanding, I strongly oppose the abuse of technology. As you may know, there are topics in mathematics, where students need to learn how to use their brain rather than calculators/computers.

 

Courses Taught


Pre-Calculus 

Selected Workshops


Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Waber Professional Education, SA, 12th-14thNovember, 2015, Accra - Ghana.

Research Statement


With a strong background in mathematics, my research interest is in mathematical modeling with particular emphasis on molecular and biological modeling.

Ongoing research: Molecular dynamic simulation of Photosystem I protein. (yet to be published) 

Selected Research, Study and Travel Grants:

  • ERC MultiscaleChemBio Project – Post Graduate Fellowship, (April – September, 2014), University of L’Aquila, Italy.
  • Erasmus Mundus MathMods Study Grants (2012-2014), University of L’Aquila, Italy and University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France.
  • Sponsorship to attend Conference and winter school on “calculus of variation for physics and material science”; University of Würzburg, Germany (10-14 February, 2014).
  • DAAD Travel grant. Summer school - Modern Computational Science – Carl Von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany. (August 25 – September 5, 2014). Poster Presentation of Master thesis.