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
- Associate Research Professor of Global Health
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Office Location: 163 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5432
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology, 1994
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.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Junior Faculty Enhancement Award-Applied Science Category. Oak Ridge Associated Universities. 1997
- CEE 302L: Introduction to Soil Mechanics
- CEE 493: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 494: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 525: Wave Propagation in Elastic and Poroelastic Media
- CEE 643: Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
- CEE 692: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- EGR 201L: Mechanics of Solids
In the News
- Auto Mechanics Keep Vehicles on the Road in Ghana, But Are They Putting Themselves at Risk? (May 8, 2017 | Bass Connections)
- Fred Boadu Returns to Ghana to Fill Research Gaps (Nov 20, 2015)
- Boadu Named Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow (Oct 31, 2014)
- Boadu, FK; Ampadu, S, Assessing Relations between Electrical and Geotechnical Properties of Sand-Clay Mixtures Using Jonscher Fractal Power Law Model, Journal of Environmental & Engineering Geophysics, vol 24 no. 1 (2019), pp. 77-85 [10.2113/JEEG24.1.77] [abs].
- Pratson, LF; Stroujkova, A; Herrick, D; Boadu, F; Malin, P, Predicting seismic velocity and other rock properties from clay content only, Geophysics, vol 68 no. 6 (2019), pp. 1847-1856 [10.1190/1.1635037] [abs].
- Ampadu, SIK; Ayeh, FFJ; Boadu, F, Deriving SPT N-Values from DCP Test Results: The Case of Foundation Design in a Tropical Environment, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, vol 36 no. 4 (2018), pp. 2517-2531 [10.1007/s10706-018-0480-4] [abs].
- Boadu, FK, Regression Models to Estimate Critical Porosity of Soils from Basic Soil Properties Based on Percolation Theory, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, vol 36 no. 2 (2018), pp. 1207-1216 [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].
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