Faculty Profile





Curriculum Vitae



Adjo A. Amekudzi-Kennedy

Associate Chair, Global Engineering Leadership & Research Development; Professor
Transportation Systems Engineering
Sustainable Communities
SEB 229
404.894.0404
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 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 planning and performance evaluation methods.  Kennedy has published extensively and developed undergraduate and graduate courses in this interdisciplinary area.  She serves as instructor for the undergraduate required course: Civil Engineering Systems, and two graduate electives Infrastructure Systems (Asset Management) and Infrastructure, Megacities and Sustainable Development, all 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 (CSE) -- of the Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI); a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE); and a member of the Transportation and Sustainability Committee of the Transportation Research Board (National Academies).  Kennedy serves on the Advisory Board of the Integrated Network on Social Sustainability (INSS), and is a member of the Research Coordination Network on Sustainable Cities.  She also serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, and Sustainability (The Journal of Record); and as Associate Editor for the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering.  Professor Kennedy is the founding director of the Network for Sustainable Solutions, a knowledge network with footprints in the U.S., Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe focused on developing research and education capacity to create the infrastructure for sustainable development.  She enjoys spending time with family, playing the piano and painting.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Infrastructure Management
  • Asset Management
  • Sustainability Planning and Evaluation

HONORS & AWARDS

  • 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, Best Paper Award (PIC I), National Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, St. Louis, Missouri
  • 2000, Class of 1969 Teaching Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 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
  • 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. In Press.
  • Akofio‐Sowah, M., and A. Amekudzi‐Kennedy. Identifying Factors to Improve Transportation Asset Management Program Sustainment: Applying Implementation Research and Change Management Principles. Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2593, pp. 1‐7.
  • 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. Transportation Research Record. Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2568, 2016, pp. 31‐40.
  • Hollander R., Amekudzi‐Kennedy, A., Bell, S., et al. Network priorities for social sustainability research and education: Memorandum of the Integrated Network on Social Sustainability Research Group. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy. Community Essay, 2015, Volume 11, Issue 2.
  • Boadi, R. S., A. Amekudzi Kennedy, and J. Couture. Risk‐based Planning and Transportation Asset Management: Critical Pitfalls. American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Transportation Engineering, Vol. 141, Issue 2, February 2015.
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., 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.
  • Amekudzi‐Kennedy, A., Crane, M., Springstead, D. Rose, D., and T. Batac. Transit Climate Change Adaptation Assessment/ Asset Management Pilot for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. Final Report. Federal Transit Administration, FTA Report No. 0076, 2013.
PRESENTATIONS
  • Invited Presentation, Engineering Disruption Leadership Summit (ASEE, National Academy of Engineering, EDUCAUSE), Washington, D.C., September 28-29, 2015.
  • Invited Keynote Speech: Civil Infrastructure Management for Sustainable Development, 2015 Conference of the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability, Charlotte, NC, April 9-11, 2015.
  • Invited Advisory Panel [“Critical Friends”], Liveable Cities Programme, University College London, University of Birmingham and Partners, February 13, 2014.
  • Invited Talk (Keynote): Value-Focused Thinking for Civil Infrastructure Development. International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure, Smart Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong, Australia, October 1-4, 2013.
  • Invited Advisory Panel: Defining the Future of Civil Engineering Through Collaborative Research, Inaugural Drummond Symposium, Hosted by the Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, August 19 & 20, 2013.