Margaret-Avis Akofio-Sowah


Previous Degrees:

PhD, Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 2015

M.S. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology 2011

B.S. Engineering Science, Smith College 2010


Accra, Ghana

Dissertation Topic:

Developing Guidance for Sustaining Performance-Based Transportation Asset Management in State DOTs



Smith-Colin, J., Fischer, J. Akofio-Sowah, M., and Amekudzi Kennedy, A. Evidence-Based Decision Making for Transportation Asset Management: Enhancing the Practice with Quality Evidence and Systematic Documentation. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, In Processing.

Akofio-Sowah, M., Boadi, R., Amekudzi, A., and M. Meyer. Managing Ancillary Transportation Assets: State of the Practice. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Vol. 20, Issue 1, American Society of Civil Engineers, March 2014.

Selected Conference Proceedings

Akofio-Sowah, M; Amekudzi, A. “A Critical Review of Transportation Asset Management (TAM) in United States Transportation Policy.” Presentation. 17th International Road Federation (IRF) World Meeting & Exhibition, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. November 2013.

Akofio-Sowah, M; Amekudzi, A. “Quantifying the Benefits of Ancillary Transportation Asset Management.” Presentation. 92nd Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Washington, D.C. January 2013

Luken, B.; Hotle, S.; Garrow, L.; Cappelli, C.; Jones, L.; Akofio-Sowah, M.; Brodie, S. “Rule the Air! Summer Camp for High School Students.” Presentation. 119th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2012.

Akofio-Sowah, M; Boadi, R; Amekudzi, A; Meyer M. “Best Practices in Managing Ancillary Transportation Assets.” Presentation. 7th Annual Inter-University Symposium on Infrastructure Management,Chicago, IL, June 2011.

Akofio-Sowah, M; Howe, S; Knodler, M. “Modeling Traffic Congestion in the Accra Metropolitan Area.” Poster. 9th Annual Celebrating Collaborations: Students & Faculty Working Together, Smith College, Northampton, MA, April 17, 2010.


Research Interests

Infrastructure management; asset and performance management; strategic planning for transportation; sustainability planning and evaluation; STEM Education



2014 Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Studies, WTS-Atlanta

2014 Charley V. Wootan Award, Transportation Research Board

2013 Eno Fellowship, Eno Foundation & Eno Center for Transportation

2013 CH2M Hill Partnership Scholarship, WTS International.

2012 David Dwight Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Achievement Award, FHWA

2012 Helene M. Overly Graduate Scholarship, WTS-Atlanta

2012-2014 David Dwight Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship, FHWA

2012 Sam Nunn Security Fellowship, Georgia Tech

2012 Executive Fellowship, International Road Federation (IRF)

2011 Lydia I. Pickup Memorial Scholarship, Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

2009 Nancy Hellman Memorial Prize, Smith College



Margaret received her Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science from Smith College in 2010 and her Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2011. Her interest in transportation stems from a desire to understand some of the flaws of the transportation system in her home city of Accra, in Ghana, and to investigate how transportation improvements can be leveraged for increased development and economic growth.  Margaret’s dissertation research is in the area of transportation asset management implementation in transportation agencies, as it relates to strategic planning and policy.

Outside her research, Margaret is passionate about actively encouraging female and minority participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, driven by her own experience as one of the few females in her high school STEM courses. She is actively involved in the Georgia Tech Student Chapter of WTS, having previously served as President and Vice-President, and is currently the Co-Chair of the WTS Atlanta Transportation YOU Program, a mentoring program for high school girls.  Margaret is also a member of the Georgia Tech Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and an International Road Federation (IRF) Fellow.  In her spare time, Margaret enjoys music, dancing and watching sports.

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