Ing. Prof. Rev. Charles Anum Adams, PhD, FGhIE
Professor Ing. Rev. Charles Anum Adams is a distinguished professional Civil engineer, scholar, university professor, and a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He started life in Sekondi -Takoradi, specifically Railway Quarters where his parents Bennett Lartey Adams (deceased) and the Madam Dora Scott worked with the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority and the Ghana Railway Corporation respectively. He therefore was one of the Quarters boys who played football at NICO park and was often at the beach catching fishes and crabs. He grew up in a family of five boys and a girl but has several other siblings from his father.
Ing. Prof Adams never attended a pre-school but his strong desire to learn propelled him to follow his siblings to school while dressed in his older brother’s oversized khaki uniform. He attended the Takoradi Key Primary/Experimental School, West Ridge School in Sekondi and the Takoradi Junior Secondary School (now Bompeh Day Secondary Technical School, Takoradi). After completion, he enrolled at the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS) where he completed his GCE O’ Level and A levels in 1984 and 1986.Ing. Adams probably is one of the very few people who experienced both the JSS concept and the O’ Level and A Levels.
He obtained a BSc. in Civil Engineering, First Class Honors in 1991 at the College of Engineering, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, and was the recipient of several awards including the Levine Prize for the Best Engineering student, the Iddoris Allotey Prize for the best in Engineering Mathematics, and was awarded a British Council ODA Fellowship to pursue postgraduate studies in the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine of the University of London (UK) where he obtained an MSc in Transport and earned a Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) in 1993.He later enrolled for a PhD in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Transportation during which he was a visiting scholar to the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Chennai, India and University of Birmingham. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Change Management from the Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands.
He started his career as a teaching assistant at KNUST in August 1991 and was appointed as Lecturer in the Civil Engineering Department on 22nd November 1993.He has had mentors like Ing Prof. Nicholas K. Kumapley (deceased), PP Ing. Prof. Kwesi N. Andam(deceased) and PP Ing. Nana Asafo Boakye(deceased) and Ing. Sir Fred. Akwaboah, Ing, K.Asare Yeboah, indeed, many seasoned Engineers and Past presidents have mentored or influenced his thoughts and manner of life. To all you great fore runners I want to say thank you.
Ing. Prof. Adams was the moderator of Civil Engineering Programmes in KAAF University College, Buduburam and the Accra Institute of Technology. He was the Programme manager for the Road and Transportation Engineering Programme(RTEP), head of the Road and Transportation Engineering Section, Civil Engineering Department, KNUST and the founding Centre Director and visionary of the Regional Transport Research and Education Centre Kumasi (TRECK), a World Bank African Centre of Excellence in transport., He is also the Leader for the Centre for Sub Saharan Transport Leadership (CSSTL) all hosted at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
Prof. Charles Adams is also an astute Engineer whose practice and impact as a Civil/Transportation engineer spans over 28years in Ghana and Africa. He is a Registered Professional Engineer. Since 2004, he has served in various capacities as member of GhIE Regional executive (Ashanti), National Councilor, Executive committee, and other committees of Council of the Ghana Institution of Engineering (GhIE). He is Fellow of the GhIE and in 2019 was elected as the President Elect of the Ghana Institution of Engineering with the most votes in the contested presidential bid.
He has worked as Consultant on several projects in Ghana, Republic of Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Liberia. He has distinguished himself as a professional engineer and consulted at the National level for both private and public projects and has undertaken several assignments for development partners such as the World Bank Group, European Union, the GTZ, and JICA to mention a few.
Ing. Prof. Adams has expertise in traffic and transportation infrastructure systems planning, design, monitoring and maintenance. He has taught multiple courses in Transportation planning, operations and engineering, Engineering economics, Transport Economics, Road asset management, Geometric design of Infrastructure, Transport and society, Road safety and has also provided training, consultancies and technology transfer at all levels for the Ministry of Roads and Highways, Department of Urban Roads Ghana Highway Authority, National Road Safety Commission and the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly.
Ing. Prof Adams is also a minister of the Gospel in the United Denominations Originating from the Lighthouse Group of Churches (UD-OLGC),appointed pastor in 2000, ordained as revered minister (2010) by the Founder, Presiding Bishop and Leadership mentor, Rt. Rev. Bishop Dag Heward-Mills.
Ing. Prof Adams believes in youth development and has championed a series of programmes to develop the youth including the finishing school seminars, Science Fairs and STEM career fairs for second cycle schools in Ghana, a programme which has reached several thousands of young students, providing them with guidance for tertiary programmes selection and career choices. He has a dream to build the first ever “Artisan University” for the training of creative people for the development of Africa.
Whether as a university professor, professional engineer, pastor, family man, youth counsellor, marriage counsellor etc, He can best be described as a well-rounded, practical, hands-on person, people focused, a problem solver, critical thinker, innovative, diligent and afirm believer in the development of the youth and a dreamer; A born engineering educator.
He lives in Kumasi with his lovely wife Mrs. Josephine Adams and three children Stephanie Pearl, (a trainee Civil Engineer) Daniel and Carl Teddy.