ASCE elevates Amekudzi-Kennedy to fellow

Monday, June 18, 2018
Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy, who has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers. (Photo: Zonglin "Jack" Li)

Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy has joined the top civil engineers in the country as a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Accounting for just 3 percent of members, the society says fellows “have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world.” Amekudzi-Kennedy is the second School of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty member to become a fellow in recent months.

“It is a great honor and pleasure be elected a fellow of ASCE,” said Amekudzi-Kennedy, professor and associate chair of global engineering leadership and research development in the School. “It has been a wonderful experience working with various distinguished colleagues in ASCE over the past two decades on national-level committees, on Georgia’s Infrastructure Report Card, and in various editorial capacities on ASCE’s peer-reviewed journals.”

A review committee elects new ASCE fellows based on nominations from members or local chapters. The ASCE Georgia Section put forward Amekudzi-Kennedy’s nomination based in part on her work for the last decade on the Georgia Infrastructure Report Card and for helping create the ASCE Committee on Sustainability and the Environment.

They also recognized her research contributions to infrastructure management and for mentoring a diverse group of young engineers over the years to help them make a difference in the civil engineering field.

“This work has afforded and continues to afford me various opportunities to bridge research and education with practice,” she said. “I remain excited about ongoing and future work to advance ASCE’s goals.”

Amekudzi-Kennedy currently chairs the advisory board for the 2019 ASCE Georgia Infrastructure Report Card, her third time leading the group that helps the society assess the state’s infrastructure health.

“I am very grateful to Dr. Steven McCutcheon and the ASCE Georgia Section for nominating me and endorsing my Fellow application, and to my colleagues for supporting my nomination,” she said.