Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Dotse, M.Eng. 2011

Daniel Dotse and Teach for Ghana children

Daniel Dotse studied biomedical engineering at Cornell University with a keen interest in nanotechnology. Dotse’s Cornell education was made possible by the Lester B. Knight Scholarship for bright low-income students with a strong interest in engineering and business. The impact of the scholarship went beyond financial freedom to pursue his passions, and Dotse was compelled and motivated to explore ways he could positively impact others in the way that the scholarship opportunity opened up doors for him. This led him to establish a 30,000-book library in his home country, Ghana. And now with his non-profit Teach For Ghana, Dotse hopes to provide access to an excellent education to all children in Ghana.

Prior to establishing Teach For Ghana, Dotse worked at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. At Regeneron, his role entailed purifying protein molecules for the manufacture of active pharmaceutical products for treating various diseases. He credits this experience for exposing him to the power of social change on a large scale. For him, it was incredibly rewarding to produce innovative drugs that were accessible to a large number of individuals.

Related: Meet the young CEO launching Teach for Ghana; Teach For Ghana website; Video: interview with Daniel Dotse

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