CEE Alumnus Paul Ajegba has been selected as the new Metro Region Engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Paul received his Master of Science Degree in Construction Engineering and Management from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. His appointment was effective beginning September 23, 2018.
Ajegba has over a decade of transportation leadership experience, most recently as MDOT’s University Region Engineer. He has also held previous positions as the Metro Region Deputy Region Engineer and Manager of the Oakland Transportation Service Center. Paul previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority.
Ron Brenke, Executive Director for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan, states, “Paul is well regarded as a collaborator with community leaders and has a strong history of bringing diverse groups of stakeholders together to rally around common goals, most notably in the execution of the I-94 Corridor Alignment Review Team in Jackson.”
Ajegba has led teams to deliver innovative transportation solutions, shown by the nationally award winning US-23 Flex Route active traffic management system. He has also helped with the reconfiguration of the I-96/US-23 interchange in Brighton, has contributed to the plan of the Mcity and American Center for Mobility facilities for testing of automated vehicle technology, and has been involved with numerous community-oriented projects throughout MDOT’s Metro and University regions.
Ajegba’s focus is to provide opportunity and access for all to the transportation industry. He created the MDOT Transportation Diversity Recruitment Program, a partnership between MDOT and colleges and universities throughout Michigan, to offer valuable on-the-job training and job shadowing to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in engineering and other transportation-related careers.