Dr. Thomas Mensah is one of the greatest minds of the 21st century. Dr. Thomas Mensah is an internationally recognized authority in Fiber Optics and Nanotechnology and also a renowned Scientist and Inventor with 7 USA and worldwide Patents in over a period of six years. He has at least 25 Issued and pending patents to his name in general. He is the first black person to receive such number of patents in a short number of years, and was elected to the rank of Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in the USA.

One of his patents based on boundary layer theory led to the replacement of Nitrogen inert gas with the more soluble Carbon Dioxide gas permitting optical fibres to be coated at ultra-high speed beyond 50 meters per second producing high strength fibres used for Submarine and undersea cables that connect continents and countries, leading to a global infrastructure for the modern day high speed internet. His Innovations allow us to access the High Speed Internet from our cell phones and tablets through Fiber Optics anywhere in the world, regardless of our geographic location.

In one of his patents he used his understanding of boundary layer theory to design a high speed draw and coating manufacturing system that eliminated bubbles and defects in optical fibers. Fiber Optics is one of the greatest innovations in this century, since the internet depends on it. Over one billion people today are connected to the Internet because of fiber optics. All emails, YouTube videos, Tweets and Facebook pictures are transmitted by lasers on fiber optics networks; both terrestrial and submarine platforms to cell phones, tablets and personal computers world wide.

As a leading Fiber Optics innovator, Dr. Mensah worked at both Corning Glass Works Inc, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Thomas is currently the President and CEO of the Georgia Aerospace Systems, an Advanced Aerospace Composite manufacturing company which has supplied Nano composite materials structures for unmanned aerial vehicle systems for the US Department of Defense. He is also the Chairman of Lightwave Systems a Fiber Optics Cable Company that builds Broadband networks and Energy Platforms in the United States and Sub Saharan Africa.

His innovations were critical to the Broadband and Fiber Optics infrastructure deployment in the United States. Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Dr. Thomas Mensah is one of the leaders in advanced materials that find applications in Aerospace, High Speed Rail, Windmill blade structures, and highly efficient cars. His current work in nano technology will revolutionize next generation batteries for electric vehicles and laptop computers. Dr. Mensah is one of the early proponents of High Speed Rail in America that integrates seamlessly with other modes of transportation to reduce green house effects. Dr. Mensah was named 100 engineers of the Modern Era, selected out of 1000 leading engineers by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
He is the editor of two symposium book series, Fiber Optics Engineering, 1987 and Superconductor Engineering, 1992. Dr. Thomas Mensah’s technical contribution has impacted several industries, namely energy, environment, defense, transportation, and electronics to name a few. He is a recipient of Turner’s Trumpet Awards for Fiber Optics Innovation, Golden Torch Award, the highest award by NSBE, and Eminent Engineers award by AIChE. He has been profiled in Ebony Magazine Oct 2006 and the Chemical Engineering Progress Magazine, Oct 2008, and March 2009.

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Dr. Thomas Mensah is a world leader in Green Energy and Sustainable development and served as a keynote speaker at the United Nations World Energy Forum in New York in September 2009. Dr. Mensah is a also a member of the Advisory Council of this UN Forum. Dr. Mensah is a member of the Executive Committee of the Nano Scale Engineering Forum (NSEF), the main committee on Nano Technology Development of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in the United States. Dr Mensah also serves on the Advisory Board of the United States High Speed Rail Organization.


Two (2) of Seven (7) Patents received by Dr. Thomas Mensah in Six (6) years

Dr. Mensah received the AIAA Sustained Service Award for services from 2008-2010

He is the Deputy Director for Technology Region 2 for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, member and Chairman of the Atlanta Chapter, Member of the Board of AIChE Foundation, and member of the board for the NASA Space Grant Consortium at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has published extensively and speaks authoritatively on Innovation and competitiveness in America.