Fred K. Boadu

Fred K. Boadu

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fred Boadu received his B.S. (Hons) in geological engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Ghana, a Post-Graduate Diploma in applied geophysics from McGill University, an M.S. in geophysics from the University of Calgary, and his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1994. He was an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Science and Technology, School of Mines (Tarkwa, Ghana) from 1982 to 1984. Since 1986, he has worked for several oil companies (Chevron, Amoco, and Mobil) during the summer months on a variety of research projects. He is also a consultant for Texaco, Inc. and Ghana National Petroleum Corporation.

Dr. Boadu’s research focuses on the areas of exploration, engineering and environmental geophysics. Current research involves characterizing the transport and storage properties of porous media such as fractured rocks, soils and human tissue. The work involves modeling, laboratory and field experiments. Fractal concepts and neural networks are used to interpret results. Recently, Dr. Boadu has been involved in research regarding nitrate contamination in groundwater, and as well, in education and awareness campaign of the implications in potential health hazards in Ghana

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1994

Research Interests

My research seek to develop an understanding of how the engineering, environmental and petrophysical properties of porous media (soils, fractured rock, biological tissues) affect measurable geophysical responses, and subsequently develop methodologies by which these properties can be obtained from non-invasive geophysical measurements. These goals are pursued by developing basic theoretical models, then increasing their order of complexity I perform laboratory and field measurements, and compare these data to the outputs of the theoretical models. This pursuit will lead to the integration of theory and laboratory or field data for reliable and accurate prediction of subsurface (porous medium) properties and saturation conditions from geophysical information. The same approach is used to assess the stability and strength of geo-materials in the subsurface - mudslides, landslides, liquefaction etc. Bio-materials, for example, biologically contaminated soils or tissues essentially can be considered as multi-phase fluid saturated porous system. Changes in the biochemical and physiological conditions of these materials induce frequency dependent spectral responses which can be quantified. Such quantification can lead to characterization and monitoring of their engineering and environmental behavior over time. Research in methods to explore for hydrocarbons by development of petrophysical models, and extraction reservoir properties using fractal and neural network concepts is also undertaken


Water, Resources and Treatment

Courses Taught

  • CEE 302L: Introduction to Soil Mechanics
  • CEE 525: Wave Propagation in Elastic and Poroelastic Media
  • CEE 643: Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
  • CEE 890: Special Readings in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
  • GLHLTH 395: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • GLHLTH 795: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Boadu, FK, Regression Models to Estimate Critical Porosity of Soils from Basic Soil Properties Based on Percolation Theory, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering (2017), pp. 1-10 [10.1007/s10706-017-0387-5] [abs].
  • Ampadu, SIK; Ackah, P; Nimo, FO; Boadu, F, A laboratory study of horizontal confinement effect on the dynamic cone penetration index of a lateritic soil, Transportation Geotechnics, vol 10 (2017), pp. 47-61 [10.1016/j.trgeo.2016.12.002] [abs].
  • Momayez, M; Boadu, F; Cassidy, N; Jongmans, D, Introduction to the JEEG – NSG Geotechnical Assessment and Geo-environmental Engineering Geophysics Special Issue, Near Surface Geophysics, vol 11 no. 1994 (2013) [10.3997/1873-0604.2013049] [abs].
  • Momayez, M; Boadu, F; Cassidy, N; Jongmans, D, Introduction to the JEEG - NSG Geotechnical Assessment and Geo-environmental Engineering Geophysics Special Issue, Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, vol 18 no. 4 (2013), pp. 201-203 [10.2113/JEEG18.4.201] [abs].
  • Boadu, FK; Owusu-Nimo, F; Achampong, F; Ampadu, SIK, Artificial neural network and statistical models for predicting the basic geotechnical properties of soils from electrical measurements, Near Surface Geophysics, vol 11 no. 6 (2013), pp. 599-612 [10.3997/1873-0604.2013011] [abs].

Additional Information

Honors and Awards

  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (1997 Winner in the Applied Science Category).
  • Member of External Advisory Committee on - Initiative for transforming and sustaining science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (ITSSTEM) at North Carolina Central University (2004-Present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Engineering and Environmental Geophysics

Professional and Service Activities

  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) - Active Member. I serve as member of SEG Research Committee charged with developing research initiatives, strategies and directions for the Society of over 23,000 members world-wide. In addition, I am a member of the Global affairs committee serving as the Regional Coordinator for Africa.
  • American Geophysical Union- Regular Member
  • Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists-Member
        Association of Geoscientists for International Development-Member
  • National Society of Black Engineers- Member
        National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists- Member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (Member of Geophysical Committee)
  • Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society-Member of Board of Directors