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Samuel Amoako-Frimpong

A Product Development Engineer working on Intel's 3D NAND Flash memory.

Education    |    Skills    |    Work Experience    |    Leadership Experience    |    Volunteer Experience    |    Awards


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Marquette University
MS Electrical and Computer Engineering

Options – Modern Control Theory, Bayesian Signal Processing, Machine Learning, Algorithm Analysis and Applications
Research: Stochastic Search Methods for Mobile Manipulators

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
BSc. Aerospace Engineering

Options – Automatic Control I&II, CAD/CAM, Maintenance Eng., Turbomachinery
Senior Design Project: Design and Construction of an Electric Quadcopter

Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School - Legon
General Science

Options – Geography
Extracurriculars: Presec Science and Math Club


  • Software Development:

    Python, C, C++, MATLAB, Visual Basic, LabVIEW

  • Electronics:

    Circuit and PCB Design, Embedded Systems (PIC, AVR, ARM)

  • CAD/CAM:

    SolidWorks, Solid Edge, ANSYS, AutoCAD, Unigraphics NX, CNC machines.

  • Others:

    Robotics, OpenCV, ROS, Gazebo, TensorFlow, Linux, Unity Game Development, Virtual & Augmented Reality development, Remote sensing, QGIS, Adobe Creative Suite.

Work Experience

Graduate Assistant
September 2016 - Present

Computer Vision and Sensing Systems Lab (COVISS)
Marquette University

  • Currently working on the development of stochastic search algorithms for improving the dynamic performance of mobile manipulators with MATLAB, ROS, and Python.
  • Served as a teaching assistant for the Senior Design Project class and Circuit Labs.

Embedded Systems Tutor
June 2017

Engineering Leadership Academy
Marquette University

  • Introduced high school students to programming and computer vision using Python and OpenCV on the Raspberry pi.

Graduate Assistant
September 2015 - August 2016

Earth Observation Research and Innovation Centre (EORIC)
University of Energy and Natural Resources

  • Assisted in the setup of a ground station for Direct Broadcast Earth Observation Satellites and handled the system administration of the processing and storage servers for the acquired datasets.
  • Wrote scripts in python and VBA, for the formatting of large datasets, automation of data processing and archival tasks; robust to incorrect metadata, network dropouts and power outages.
  • Assisted in the setup of software packages (IMAPP, IPOPP, WRF, ROMS) for the earth observation data processing, weather forecasting and ocean modelling.
  • Assisted in the field validation and GIS visualization of thermal anomalies detected in VIIRS and MODIS imagery and performed land cover classification using Neural Networks in ENVI.

Software Development Intern
July 2016 - August 2016

Premium Collateral Management Services (PCMS) Limited

  • Ported multiple excel sheets used in the management of petroleum stocks into standalone software. The Visual Basic application iteratively approximated the values of ASTM tables, to improve productivity in stock management.

Embedded Systems Tutor
July 2012 - August 2016

MISE Summer Camp

  • Taught embedded systems to High School Students. Students built projects like vision based coin counters, mobile robots, IoT modules and solar trackers using Python, C++ and EV3-G on the Raspberry pi, Arduino and EV3.

Bask Academy
May 2011 - July 2011

  • Taught Science and Math in the Junior High School students
  • Served as a temporary class teacher for primary and kindergarten classes and a teaching assistant to math and science teachers during summer vacations (2011 - 2014).

Leadership Experience

Assistant Project and Innovations Head
August 2013 - May 2015

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) - KNUST

  • Developed and managed projects undertaken by IEEE-KNUST.
  • Built projects for exhibition at the Trade and Technology Fair (TRATECH) 2014/15 including:
    • Three mobile robots with features like obstacle avoidance and ultrasonic mapping controlled via Arduinos and Bluetooth from Android devices
    • A LabVIEW control interface designed for teaching control systems using NXT Robots
    • Electrical switches controlled from an android app via Bluetooth.

Vice President
May 2013 - May 2014

Association of Aerospace Engineering Students (AAES) - KNUST

  • Oversaw the organization of meetings, events and development of projects undertaken by AAES-KNUST.
  • Served as lead designer in the creation of a new logo and motto for the association.
  • Worked on the expansion of the repository of Final year project reports, associated documentation and media to include curricular and extra curricula educational media for all year groups, to augment lecture notes and provide quicker access to educational material locally.
  • Oversaw the development of alumni profiles to enhance coordination between students and alumni.
  • Aided in the planning and development of projects to be presented at the Trade and Technology Fair (TRATECH) 2014.

Vice President
April 2013 - September 2014

Creativity Group - KNUST

  • Oversaw the organization of meetings, events and development of projects undertaken by Creativity Group-KNUST.
  • Worked on building relevant connections between the group and external organizations.
  • Worked on the development of projects like:
    • An RFID Access control system using C++, Visual Basic and Python
    • An autonomous quadcopter running Ardupilot.
    • A High Altitude Balloon with a data logging script written in python, on a raspberry pi.
    • A raspberry pi server hosting a multimedia repository of open educational resources.
    • Wheeled robots controlled with Arduinos among others.

Public Relations Officer
May 2012 - May 2013

Association of Aerospace Engineering Students (AAES) - KNUST

  • Worked on the organization of a robotics seminar by Dr. Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, a senior robotics engineer at NASA-JPL, in conjunction with IEEE-KNUST.
  • Developed a digital repository on the Aerospace Lab's intranet, for easy access to Final year project reports, associated documentation and media to augment the existing library of hard copies of project reports.
  • Aided in the planning and development of projects to be presented at the Trade and Technology Fair (TRATECH) 2013.

Public Relations Officer
April 2012 - May 2013

Society of Automotive Engineers - KNUST

Vice Project Manager
September 2009 - September 2010

Presec Science and Math Club

  • Worked on the development and supervision of projects undertaken by the club.
  • Organized projects for exhibitions internally and externally.

Volunteer Experience

Volunteer Engineer
July 2014 - August 2016

Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform

  • Built a UAV using E-waste designed for mapping the distribution of activities and airborne pollutants at the Agbogloshie E-Waste Dump site

Volunteer Tutor
July 2014 - August 2016

Working to Advance African Women (WAAW) Foundation

  • Taught science through experiments and engaging activities, to Junior High School students at the Wiweso JHS, Kumasi, to inspire interest in pursuing STEM careers.

Volunteer Tutor
July 2012 - August 2016

Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation (GRAF)

  • Taught Junior High and Senior High school students, around Ghana, robotics with the LEGO Mindstorms NXT and EV3, to augment science education and for participation in the RISE competition.

Student Mentor
November 2012

Scientist of the Future Fair
Practical Education Network

  • Aided students from the KNUST Senior High School in the development of solutions to local problems for the Scientist of the future fair. Solutions built by the team included an automated street light, an optical fire sensor, Biochar for cook stoves, an electromagnetic bell and a laser based home security system.

Student Volunteer
September 2012 - March 2011

Greener Impact International

  • Helped spread awareness on environmental protection and global warming to students at the Presbyterian Boys’ Senior High School.
  • Represented Greener Impact at the Leitner Center-GE-ACDLP Carbon Markets Training workshop at GIMPA.


Second Place
Team Qbay

Science Hack Day - Accra
August 2015

Team Red Star Eagles

GIZ Gamify-It Hackathon
May 2015

  • Was selected among 30 participants from applicants across Africa to participate in the GIZ Gamification for Social Good Hackathon in Addis Ababa.
  • My team developed a gamified app, TopBird, to help teach teenagers entrepreneurship.

Third Place
Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) - Engineering Students’ Calabash
March 2015

  • Was selected in a national competition to present a paper on the potential applications of unmanned aerial vehicles in the development of the SADA region of Ghana; demonstrating the feasibility and cost effectiveness by citing work I had done with autonomous quadcopters and High Altitude Balloons.

Male Creator of the Year
Creativity Group - KNUST
December 2014

  • Was voted the Male creator of the year in recognition of projects I had worked on as a member of the Creativity Group-KNUST.

Grand Winner
Team Protech

Ghana Engineering Students Association (GESA-KNUST) Makers Fair
April 2014

  • Led a team to develop P-Space, a computer vision based application to help drivers efficiently plan and find parking spaces in large car parks and during large events by using webcams or existing security cameras. It has the advantage of being cheap and easily deployable, while providing notifications via a signboard, website and mobile app.

Behance Appreciation Medal
Behance Portfolio Reviews - Eden of Ideas KNUST
November 2013

  • Was awarded the Appreciation medal in recognition of my work in engineering and photography.

Medal of Recognition
Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation (GRAF)
October 2013

  • Was awarded a medal in recognition of my work as a volunteer with the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation.

Millenium Youth Camp Award
Technology Academy - Finland
June 2013

  • Was selected among 60 finalists from over 1600 applicants worldwide to attend a 1 week Science camp in Helsinki; culminating in the design of Building Applied Photovoltaics (BAPV) suited to the Finnish climate, with the help of experts from the University of Helsinki and Fortum.

Most Innovative Student - Year 2
Association of Aerospace Engineering Students (AAES) - KNUST
April 2013

  • Was voted the most innovative second year student in the Aerospace Engineering department.

National Runner-up (Essay)
DSTV-Eutelsat Star Awards
July 2011

  • Was the National Runner-up with an essay on the applications of satellite technologies in the development of Africa.

Odadeɛ Special Award
Odade3 (Alumni of the Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School - Legon)
May 2011

  • Was awarded by the Alumni of the Presbyterian Boys' Senior High School in recognition of my medal at the International Junior Science Olympiad.

Bronze Medalist
International Junior Science Olympiad
December 2010