Professor Amekudzi-Kennedy studies systems problems on the integrated built, natural, social and information environments to understand how we can make better decisions on built systems, primarily, to promote smart and sustainable development. Her research currently focuses on the development and application of systems and sustainability engineering methods to strengthen the resilience and enhance the sustainability of various systems. Kennedy has authored extensively, developed undergraduate and graduate courses, and provided technical support for multiple international, national, state and local initiatives in these interdisciplinary areas. She serves as the primary instructor for the required undergraduate course: Civil Engineering Systems, and the graduate elective: Infrastructure Systems, both of which address the proper stewardship of infrastructure to promote sustainable, resilient and equitable development. Professor Kennedy is the founding Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Committee on Sustainability and the Environment (within the Transportation & Development Institute). She served on the Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (National Research Council) for 10 years and is a member of the Transportation Asset Management Committee (Transportation Research Board). Kennedy serves on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, and Sustainability and Climate Change, and is co-founder of the Global Engineering Leadership Minor at Georgia Tech, a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the National Academy of Construction. In addition to her work, Professor Kennedy enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the piano and painting.
Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure and Communities, Smart Infrastructure and Community Development, Built, Environmental and Community Asset Management, Infrastructure, Social Equity and Economic Advancement, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Education, Engineering Education