Prof. Sam Owusu-Ababio of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, U.S.A., on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 ended his sabbatical with the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE) which he started in February 2020. He had been on sabbatical leave since February and working on the review of the Institutions Code of Ethics.
Prof. Owusu-Ababio earned his PhD and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Science & Technology in Ghana. His area of research involves highway pavement design, management, and performance issues. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Institute of Transportation Engineers, and Engineers without Borders. He currently serves on the Rigid Pavement Technical Oversight Committee of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
While at the GhIE, he worked on the review of the Institutions Code of Ethics. He was also the resource person of GhIE’s first virtual Ethics Lecture Series due to the Covid – 19 pandemic outbreak restricting movement of persons in Ghana after which he did an additional two.. He was also the facilitator of the just ended virtual three-day workshop on Pavement Design. The course was a comprehensive training program for practitioners on the design of flexible, rigid and composite pavement. It included Traffic Loading Estimation, Material Characterization, Drainage, the different design methods and Life Cycle Cost Analysis as these apply to the overall pavement environment. The course saw about 55 practitioners all from the Ghana Highway Authority and the Department of urban attending.
The Executive Director, Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, on behalf of the staff and the council of the GhIE presented Prof. Sam with a small token and thanked him for his selfless service to the GhIE. He wished him farewell on his journey back the USA.
Prof Sam on the other hand expressed his gratitude and noted that the GhIE is his second home and will gladly give it his all anytime he is called on.