- Assistant Professor
- Office Location:
- CBEIS 340
Dr. Owolabi P.E., joined the Morgan State University (MSU) faculty in the summer of 2010. He is the Director of the Sustainable Infrastructure Development, Smart Innovation and Resilient Engineering Research Laboratory as well as the Director of the Undergraduate Geotechnical Laboratory at the department of Civil Engineering. He has about 30 years of outstanding experience in practicing, teaching, and research in civil and transportation engineering. In 2019 under his leadership as the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) Accreditation Coordinator, he successfully led the department to attain another six-year accreditation cycle without any observation, concern, shortcoming or deficiency being the first of such in the history of the department. He is an expert in advanced modeling and computational mechanics. His major areas of research interest are pavement engineering, soil
mechanics, physical and numerical modeling of soil structures, computational geo-mechanics, geo-structural systems analysis, structural mechanics, sustainable infrastructure, and material development, engineering education and experiential learning. He is considered to be a paradigm of a modern engineer, possessing a combination of practical experience with the most advanced numerical analysis tools, and knowledge of material constitutive relations - things essential to addressing the challenges of advanced material research and development. Dr. Owolabi is also the recipient of the 2020 Morgan State University Outstanding Faculty Award for Excellence in Service.
Dr. Owolabi currently is the Principal Investigator of a three-year $1.5 Million NSF grant that cuts across multiple STEM disciplines at Morgan titled "Adapting an Experiment-centric Teaching Approach to Increase Student Achievement in Multiple STEM Disciplines". Dr. Owolabi maintains membership in the Seasonal Climatic Effects on Transportation Infrastructure Committee of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), where he plays a vital role in facilitating the exchange of transportation research information and results, through; development of research problem statements in transportation; review and recommendation of papers for publication and for TRB Annual meetings. Dr. Owolabi regularly attends the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC. Additionally, he attends and presents at the Engineering Sustainability Conference at Pittsburg as well as at the American Society of Engineering Education Conferences. In 2014 and 2013 he was the Conference General Chair and Editor for the World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS) International Conferences held at Cambridge Massachusetts and Baltimore Maryland respectively. Other professional development participations include; Grant writing workshops, Quality Matters Teach Online Courses, the Interlink Alliance Faculty and Student Development Workshop, ABET Assessment Workshop, NSF Capacity Building workshops, Culturally responsive workshop, Concept mapping workshop, and other workshops at the Morgan State University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Additionally, Dr. Owolabi maintains board certification as a Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland. Dr. Owolabi is also a Chaplain in the University memorial Chapel where he provides spiritual support for the University Community.