Eastern Michigan University GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology to Host TechTalk Event with Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajegba
YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology welcomes Michigan Department of Transportation Director Paul Ajegba to his final episode of TechTalk at 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 16 at Sill Hall. EMU TechTalk provides the opportunity to hear from established and emerging leaders in engineering and technology.
Since the launch of EMU TechTalk, students and faculty have heard from industry leaders including Paul Perrone, founder, CEO and autonomous vehicle pioneer of Perrone Robotics, and Reuben Sarkar, president and CEO of the American Center for Mobility. Event attendees can also explore internships, careers, and research opportunities at the College.
“This initiative spotlights industry and community leaders who are making a difference in their chosen fields,” said Mohamad Qatu, Dean of GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology. “The College is thrilled to partner with these leaders who inspire our students to achieve their future career goals.”
Ajegba will share his experience regarding the importance of equity and inclusion in infrastructure investments. His keynote will showcase how MDOT builds success through partnerships, innovation and mentorship, demonstrating how engaging and recruiting talented engineers is a high priority for the department, now and in the future. .
To reserve a place, go to Paul Ajegba RSVP link. Please indicate if you will be attending in person or via Zoom. Please visit the website for more information on GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology’s Tech Talk series.
More about the speaker:
Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Ajegba as Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on January 1, 2019. Under her leadership, MDOT has championed innovations in electric and autonomous vehicles, area safety initiatives labor and efficiency of construction deliveries such as the bridge consolidation program. He guided the department’s focus on diversity and inclusion efforts by creating the position of Head of Culture, Equity and Inclusion within its leadership team. Ajegba has overseen the planning, design, and construction of several major projects, one of which was nominated for America’s Transportation Award and landed among the top 12 national finalists. He also created the MDOT Black Historic Colleges and Universities Transportation Diversity Recruitment Program. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and a Masters in Construction Engineering from the University of Michigan.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves over 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In total, more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are offered by the university’s colleges of arts and sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Social Services; and its doctoral school. UEM is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. For more information on Eastern Michigan University, visit the University website.