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Adjo A. Amekudzi-Kennedy

Associate Chair for Global Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and Professor
Transportation Systems Engineering
Sustainable Communities
SEB 330
404.385.3754
adjo.amekudzi@ce.gatech.edu

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 and social environment to understand how we can make better decisions on built systems to promote sustainable development. Her current research 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 provided technical support for multiple international, national, state and local initiatives in this interdisciplinary area.  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 for sustainable development.  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 has served on the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (National Research Council), 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, and Sustainability (The Journal of Record); is co-founder and co-director 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 time spent with family, playing the piano and painting.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Systems Engineering
  • Sustainability Engineering
  • Infrastructure/Asset Management
  • Engineering Leadership Education

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 2019, Member, National Academy of Construction
  • 2019, Provost's Emerging Leaders Program, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2018, Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2018, Class of 1940 Course Survey Effectiveness Award, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2018, Georgia Power Professor of Excellence Award, College of Engineering
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brodie, S., and A. Amekudzi-Kennedy. A Performance-Based Methodology for Evaluating Equity for Transportation System Users. Transportation Research Record. Journal of the Transportation Research Board. No. 2605. DOI:10.3141/2605-08, 2017.
  • Amoaning-Yankson, S., and A. Amekudzi-Kennedy. Transportation System Resilience: Opportunities to Expand from Principally Technical to Socio-Technical Approaches. Transportation Research Record. Journal of the Transportation Research Board. No. 2604, DOI: 10.3141/2604-04, 2017.
  • Boadi, S., Amoaning‐Yankson, S., Akofio‐Sowah, M., Brodie, S., and A. Amekudzi‐Kennedy. Goals‐Oriented Analysis of Transportation System Performance: A Corridor Level Study of Georgia’s State Routes. Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, American Society of Civil Engineering. Vol. 143, Issue 5, 2017, 5p.
  • Akofio‐Sowah, M., and A. Amekudzi‐Kennedy. Identifying Factors to Improve Transportation Asset Management Program Sustainment: Applying Implementation Research and Change Management Principles. Transportation Research Record. Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2593, 2016, pp. 1‐7.
BOOKS
  • 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.
  • Amekudzi, A., Asset Management (Book Chapter). Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Planning Handbook. Editor: M. Meyer, Institute of Transportation Engineers, 2009, pp. 265-296.
PROCEEDINGS
  • 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.
  • Amekudzi, A. A., Rose D., Springstead, D. M., Crane, M., and T. Batac. Applying Transit Asset Management Principles to Climate Change Adaptation. Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Transportation Research Board Conference, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 2014.
  • Boadi, R. S., and A. A. Amekudzi. Risk‐Based Management of Ancillary Transportation Assets: Applying the Delphi Method to Estimate the Risk of Failure. Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Transportation Research Board Conference, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 2014.
REPORTS
  • 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.
  • Amekudzi‐Kennedy, A., Akofio‐Sowah, M., Boadi, R. S., Brodie, S. R., Amoaning‐Yankson, S., Smith‐Colin, J., Fischer, J. M., and T. A. Wall. Transportation System Health: Meeting Deficiency Needs and Growth Aspirations Systematically – Concepts, Applications, Significance. Final Report. Georgia Department of Transportation, January 2016.
  • Amekudzi‐Kennedy, A., Smith‐Colin, J., Fischer, J. M., Boadi, R., Akofio‐Sowah, M., Brodie, Amoaning‐Yankson, S., Brodie, S., and A. Ingles. Evidence‐Based Decision Making: Developing and Knowledge Base for Successful Program Outcomes in Transportation Asset Management. Final Report. Georgia Department of Transportation, December 2015.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Plenary: Transportation in World Class Cities and Metro Areas, 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet, American Society of Civil Engineers Georgia Section, Norcross, GA, August 24, 2018.
  • Keynote: Enhancing Transportation Infrastructure for Accelerated Socio-Economic Development, First Ghana Infrastructure Conference, Holiday Inn, Accra, Ghana, August 6-8, 2018.
  • Keynote: Sustainability Thinking and Implications for Sustainable and Resilient Built Systems. Global Engineering Week, Center for Global Engineering, University of Toronto, March 17, 2017.
  • Keynote: Capital Asset Management, Sustainable Development and Resilience. International Workshop on Resilient and Sustainable Transportation (I-RESTRA), Tongji University, Shanghai, China, May 30-June 1, 2016.
  • Plenary: Global Sustainable Development: Observations for Sustainable Development in Developing Countries. International Environmental Youth Symposium, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Atlanta, GA, October 1-2, 2015.