Dr Alex Apeagyei is an Associate Professor of Engineering (specialization- Highways & Transportation) with responsibility for the leadership, development and effective delivery of the BSc Civil Engineering course.
Alex holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he conducted seminal work characterizing climatic effects on asphalt mixtures and taught classes on Airport Facilities Design. His previous industrial and academic roles in the UK and USA include Research Fellow at University of Nottingham, Research Scientist at Virginia Transportation Research Council, and Post-doc Research Associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
At the University of Nottingham, he worked as the technical lead for the EPSRC-sponsored project "Micro-Mechanical Interpretation of Moisture Induced Damage in Asphalt", "Grant No. EP/I03646X/1." The project investigated, for the first time, the micro-mechanical processes that result in moisture-induced damage in asphalt pavements by characterizing both cohesive and adhesive types of damage as a function of the physio-chemical characteristics of the components of the asphalt mix.
The project involved the use of X-Ray CT to characterise the internal microstructure of the asphalt that could be processed and converted into accurate 3D finite element meshes for numerical simulation of moisture diffusion and damage in asphalt.
After joining the UK academic system in 2016, Alex became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018 in recognition of his innovative, practical and career-focused approach to teaching of highways and transportation-related courses. A Chartered Engineer (UK) and registered professional engineer (USA), Alex is also a Fellow of the Institute of Highway Engineers.
He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Transportation Research Record and the Proceedings of the ICE - Transport . He has received numerous prestigious awards for his work on sustainable highway infrastructure including the VDOT Commissioner's Award for Outstanding Achievement (2012), Jack H. Dillard Award for Best Research Paper (2010) and Golden Leaf Award for Most Outstanding Technical Paper, Pavement Recycling and Reclaiming Center, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2011.
Alex's scholarly record includes more than 70 authored/co-authored peer-reviewed publications. His research has resulted in the development of new tests, testing specifications, advanced material characterization and modeling of pavement systems, bonded overlay, and analysis of acoustic emissions of bituminous materials. Alex is a passionate advocate for children's education and has served as Governor of Winsor Primary School in East London.