Francis N. Opoku

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Francis N. Opoku is currently a doctoral student in the Computational Science and Informatics Program at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. He was born in Kumasi, Ghana and has lived and worked on three continents (Africa, Europe, and North America). He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and Master’s degree in Mathematics from George Mason University.

Francis is an Educator, Scientist and Technologist. His interest in Mathematics came at an early age, ex-celling in Mental Math. He also has an aptitude for computer-based work, which led him to establish Information Technology and Business Analytics firm right after his bachelor’s degree in Ghana. His tech-nology skills was used in helping to provide state of the art internet cafes and reliable wireless internet hotspots using nonproprietary software and devices in and around KNUST at a time when such services were lacking. Francis has also worked in public education as a middle school Math teacher and college professor. Outside of academics, Francis has been involved in humanitarian services by assisting the needy in his native country of Ghana over the past several years.

His research interest is in data exploration and information visualization. He has undertaken several re-search projects related to the continent of Africa as part of his PhD program such as visualizing presidential election results of Ghana with R Package Micromap, creating dashboard for United Nations Millennium Development goals and is currently working on an R package for Africa.