Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1999.
  • M.S., Civil Infrastructure Systems, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997.
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Florida International University, 1996.
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford University, 1994.

Professor Amekudzi-Kennedy studies systems problems on the integrated built, natural, social and information environments to understand how we can make better decisions to promote resilient, smart and sustainable development. Her research currently focuses on the development and application of systems and sustainability engineering methods to promote sustainable development.  Kennedy has authored extensively, developed undergraduate and graduate courses and programs, and provided technical support for multiple international, national, state and local initiatives in these interdisciplinary areas.  She serves as the primary instructor for the required undergraduate course: Civil Engineering Systems, and the graduate elective: Infrastructure Systems, both of which address the proper stewardship of infrastructure.  Professor Kennedy is co-author of the college textbook Fundamentals of Systems Engineering with Economics, Probability and Statistics, 2nd Ed. (2012, J. Ross Publishing).  She is the founding Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Committee on Sustainability and the Environment (within the Transportation & Development Institute).  She served on the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (National Research Council) for 10 years, and is a member of the Transportation Asset Management Committee (Transportation Research Board).  Kennedy serves on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Sustainability and Climate Change, and Transportation and Developing Economies, and is co-founder of the Global Engineering Leadership Minor at Georgia Tech, a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the National Academy of Construction.  She enjoys spending time with family, playing the piano and painting.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure and Communities
  • Smart Infrastructure and Community Development
  • Built, Environmental and Community Asset Management
  • Infrastructure, Social Equity and Economic Advancement
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurship Education
  • Engineering Education

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2021, Distinguished Alumni Award, Carnegie Mellon University, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • 2021, Denning Global Engagement Award, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2020, Curriculum Innovation Award, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2019, Member, National Academy of Construction
  • 2019, Provost's Emerging Leaders Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2018, Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award, College of Engineering
  • 2018, Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2018, Class of 1940 Course Survey Effectiveness Award, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2015, Charley V. Wootan Award. Transportation Research Board. Best Paper in Transportation Policy and Organization.
  • 2012, Frontiers of Engineering Education Invitee, National Academy of Engineers
  • 2012, Partner of Policy @ Tech, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2012, Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2009, Recent Alumnus Achievement Award, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2009, President’s Award, American Society of Civil Engineers - Georgia, For dedicated service and valuable contributions as Vice-Chair of the 2009 Infrastructure Report Card Committee.
  • 2006, Bill Schultz Junior Faculty Teaching Award, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2005, Invitee, National Academy of Engineers Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
  • 2005, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Outstanding Educator Award, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2003, STAR/STELLA NextGen Scholar, Sustainable Transport in Europe and Links and Liaisons with America (STELLA)
  • 2000, Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2000, Best Paper Award (PIC I), National Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2000, Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (EXCEED) Teaching Fellowship, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 1999, Superior Achievement Award, Dwight David Eisenhower Fellowship Program, Federal Highway Administration, United States Department of Transportation
  • 1998, Eno Transportation Leadership Development Fellowship, Eno Foundation
  • 1997-1999, Dwight David Eisenhower Grant for Research Fellowship, Federal Highway Administration, United States Department of Transportation
  • 1996, Tau Beta Pi
  • 1996, Phi Kappa Phi

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • Bui, B., Amekudzi-Kennedy, A., Clark, R., Smith-Colin, J., and S. Amoaning-Yankson. Performance-Based and Evidence-Based Approach to Research Implementation at the Georgia Department of Transportation. Transportation Research Record. Journal of the Transportation Research Board. May 3, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F03611981211005466.
  • Smith-Colin, J., Amekudzi-Kennedy, A., and Kingsley, G. Role of Inputs, Processes, and Relations in Transportation System Performance Management: Case Study of Regional Transportation Collaborations. Journal of Management in Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 37(1), January 2021. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000860.
  • Diwekar, U., Amekudzi-Kennedy, A., et al. A perspective on the role of uncertainty in sustainability science and engineering. Resources, Conservation and Recycling Journal, 164, January 2021, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105140.
  • Singh, P., Ashuri, B., and Amekudzi-Kennedy, A. Application of Dynamic Adaptive Planning and Risk-Adjusted Decision Trees to Capture the Value of Flexibility in Resilience and Transportation Planning. Transportation Research Record. Journal of the Transportation Board. First Published: July 13, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198120929012.
  • Amekudzi-Kennedy, A., Labi, S., and P. Singh. Transportation Asset Valuation: Pre-, Peri-, and Post-4th Industrial Revolution. Transportation Research Record. Journal of the Transportation Research Board. June 28, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361198119846470
BOOKS
  • Amekudzi-Kennedy, A. Musings on Next Generation Infrastructure: The Art of the Sweet Spot. Eds. Chester, M., and S. Derrible. Reflections on Infrastructure at 2100, pp. 13 – 16, © 2020, 2100.resilientinfrastructure.org
  • Amekudzi, A. A., Otto, S. L., and M. Anderson Bomar, Eds. Green Streets, Highways, and Development 2013. Proceedings of the Second Conference on Green Streets, Highways, and Development. American Society of Civil Engineers, Transportation & Development Institute, 2013.
  • Khisty, J., Mohammadi, J. and Amekudzi A. Systems Engineering with Economics, Probability and Statistics. J. Ross Publishing, Inc., ©2012.
  • Amekudzi, A., and Hendrickson, C., (Eds.) Special Issue of the ASCE Journal of Transportation: Transportation, the Environment and Sustainability, American Society of Civil Engineers, June 2011.
  • Ross, C. L., Barringer, J., and Amekudzi, A. A. “Mobility in the Megaregion.” (Book Chapter). Megaregions: Planning for Global Competitiveness. Editor: C. L. Ross, Island Press: Washington DC, 2009, pp. 140-165.
PROCEEDINGS
  • Labi, S., Shirole, A., Amekudzi-Kennedy, A., Li, A., Bai, Q., and P. Chakraborty. Scaling functions for aligning evaluation criteria in transportation appraisal and decision making – a synthesis and case study. World Conference on Transport Research – WCTR 2019, Mumbai, May 26-31, 2019.
  • Amekudzi-Kennedy, A. A., & Hall, K. D., & Harding, T. S., & Moll, A. J., & Callahan, J. Listening and Negotiation II, Proceedings of the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio, June 2017. https://peer.asee.org/28631.
  • Amekudzi‐Kennedy, A., Desroches, R., Burns, S., Wynens, W., Rosenstein, L., Jacobs, L. and J. Smith‐Colin. Developing the Global Engineer‐Leader at Georgia Institute of Technology. Paper accepted for presentation at the 123rd Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), June 26‐29, 2016, New Orleans, LA.
  • Amekudzi‐Kennedy, A., Akofio‐Sowah, M., Brodie, S. R., and Y. Xu. Review and Business Case Analysis of Transportation‐STEM Programs with State DOT Involvement. Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
  • Smith‐Colin, J., Fischer, J. M., and A. Amekudzi‐Kennedy. Promoting and Measuring Collaborative Effectiveness to Achieve Performance‐Based Goals: Conceptual and Operational Frameworks to Support MAP‐21 Implementation. Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C.
REPORTS
  • Amekudzi-Kennedy, A., Clark, R., Ashuri, B., Woodall, B., Singh, P., Parrillo, T., Rizzi, D., and M. Tennakoon. Inland Flood Risk and Municipal/Regional Resilience in Georgia: Data, Methodology, Case Studies and Recommendations. Prepared for AT&T. Prepared by: Georgia Institute of Technology. December 2020.
  • Amekudzi-Kennedy, A. A., Clark, R., Wilson, J. and P. Singh. Transportation Performance Management for System Operations: Development of Processes, Tools, Measures and Targets. Prepared for Georgia Department of Transportation. Prepared by Georgia Tech Research Corporation. FHWA-GA-21-1925, 19-25, October 2020.
  • Amekudzi-Kennedy, A., Clark, R., Amoaning-Yankson, S., Gupta, A., Rabinek, T., and J. Smith-Colin. Transportation Research Implementation Management: Development of Performance-Based Processes, Metrics, and Tools. Final Report. Prepared for Georgia Department of Transportation. Prepared by Georgia Institute of Technology. February 2018.
  • Amekudzi‐Kennedy, A., Ashuri, B., Amoaning‐Yankson, S., Cao, Y., Boadi, R., Brodie, S., and K. Mostaan. Effective Utilization of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) in Alternative Delivery Projects: Strategies and Resources to Support the Achievement of DBE Goals. Final Report. Georgia Department of Transportation, April 2016.
  • Amekudzi‐Kennedy, A., Akofio‐Sowah, M., Brodie, S., Xu, Y., Leous, A., and V. Curtis. STEM and Our Future Transportation Leaders. Final Report. Georgia Department of Transportation, February 2016.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Invited: The AT&T Climate Resiliency Community Challenge: Inland Flood Risk and Regional Resilience in Georgia. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, May 7, 2021.
  • Invited: Infrastructure and the Anthropocene Forum. Value-Focused Thinking and Infrastructure, Host: Mikhail Chester, Arizona State University, December 9, 2020. | Podcast: https://www.buzzsprout.com/125676/8338720-value-focused-thinking (Discussion)
  • Invited: ASCE Transportation & Development Institute Faculty Training Panel. Faculty training for prospective and early faculty. November 23, 2020. (Panel)
  • Popp, K., Singh, P., and A. Amekudzi-Kennedy. A Systematic Review of Frameworks for Addressing Climate Hazards Uncertainty in Transportation Planning. 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty, November 10-12, 2020, Mexico.
  • Invited: Community Sustainable Development and Engineering Education in the 21st Century. Third Symposium on Global Sustainability. Hungarian Academy in Rome, October 1-3, 2019, Rome, Italy.