Africa on the rise: Ghanaian scientist helps NASA deploy a lander on Mars

According to a CNN reportage perused by EYEGAMBIA, a Ghanaian Scientist named Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu was eulogized greatly and given due credit for playing a major role in helping the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to successfully deploy a lander on the surface of Mars.

His decision to venture into this profession was informed by his childhood dream. As a child in Ghana, Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollenu watched planes take off and was inspired by the possibility of autonomous aircraft. He followed this dream and today, he is a celebrated world scientist with an admirable value and respect.

The scientist, who is a chief engineer in the organization disclosed to CNN in a trendy video that, he has been working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1999, making his stay there, a little over 20years.

In the same organization, Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu works as the Product Delivery Manager for the InSight Mars Mission Instrument Deployment System, Instrument Deployment System operations Team Chief and a technical group lead in the Robotic Manipulation & Sampling group.

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In his various positions, the scientist has performed major tasks by working on flight projects, flight projects review boards, mission formulation, technology tasks, writing technology proposals, served as a reviewer for NASA Science Mission Directorate technology proposals and NASA Office of Education proposals.

Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu’s current research at JPL focuses on Planetary Rovers, Manipulation, Multiple Mobile Robots (Planetary Outpost), Reconfigurable Robots and Man-machine Interaction. His previous research works resulted in more than 95 impactful publications.

Despite working outside Ghana, he has demonstrated his sense of commitment to Africa by joining certain organizations in Ghana where he contributes his knowledge. This is great news to Africa, especially in this era of scientific revolution. There are lots of African scientists out there and We need to identify and encourage more of his kind to also do more for the continent…

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