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EMU Tech Talk featuring Paul C. Ajegba

Wednesday, February 16 2022 at 4:00pm

Eastern Michigan University GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology welcomes Paul Ajegba, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, in its latest installment of TechTalk at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 16 in Sill Hall. EMU TechTalk offers an opportunity to hear from established and up-and-coming leaders in engineering and technology.

“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.”

Since launching EMU TechTalk, students and faculty have heard from industry leaders, including Paul Perrone, Perrone Robotics’ founder, CEO, and autonomous vehicle pioneer, and Reuben Sarkar, president and CEO of American Center for Mobility. Event participants also can explore internships, careers, and research opportunities at the College.

Ajegba will share his experience regarding the importance of equity and inclusion in infrastructure investments. His talk will showcase how MDOT builds on success through partnerships, innovations, and mentorships, demonstrating how engaging and recruiting talented engineers is a high priority for the department now and into the future.

More about the speaker:

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Ajegba as director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on  Jan. 1, 2019. Under his leadership, MDOT has championed electric and autonomous vehicle innovations, work zone safety initiatives, and construction delivery efficiencies such as the bridge bundling program.  He has guided the department’s focus on diversity and inclusion efforts by establishing the chief culture, equity, and inclusion officer position within his leadership team. Ajegba oversaw the planning, design, and building of several major projects, where one was nominated for America’s Transportation Award and landed among the top 12 national finalists. He also established MDOT’s Historical  Black 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 master’s degree in construction engineering from the University of Michigan.

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