In honour of Black History Month we will be recognising notable contributions to the STEMs from people of African origin. Today we recognise Dr. Kwabena Boahen.
Born in Ghana and a product of the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, Dr. Kwabena Boahen is an associate professor of Bioengineering at Stanford Univeristy. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate education in Electrical and Computer Engineering and gained his PhD (1997) in Computation and Neural Systems from the California Institute of Technology.
Along with other members of his lab and similar researchers, Dr. Boahen has made headline news for his research designing a computer chip which works like a brain and has a TEDx talk under his belt. His prior work has included developing a silicon retina capable of processing images like a biological retina. His research goals are driven by a desire to understand how cognition arises from neuronal properties and using silicon integrated circuits to mimic their function and properties. He is currently working on the Neurogrid project, aimed at creating a detailed model of the human brain cortex.
Dr. Boahen has contributed to over 60 publications in world renowned journals and has numerous awards including the CAREER Award, (National Science Foundation, 2001), the Young Investigator Award (Office of Naval Research, 2002) and NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (National Institutes of Health, 2006).