Paul Ajegba, PE
Senior Vice President, Office Leader and Business Development – Michigan
INGENUITY Experience. Paul Ajegba’s engineering career started in the private sector of the infrastructure industry and was followed by more than 32 years with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). In January 2019, Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, appointed Paul as Director of MDOT, where he provided leadership, strategy, and direction of the Department’s $5 billion transportation program. Paul’s appointment coincided with the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Even under those extreme circumstances, Paul met the goals of Governor Whitmer’s transportation program, demonstrating his commitment to Michigan and his ability to lead in any situation.
Following four years as the Director of MDOT, Paul joined IEI. In his role, he leads planning for the firm’s national corporate growth strategy and development of the Strategic Business Plan. He also oversees operations and business development in IEI’s Detroit, Michigan office. Paul is an asset to the future success of IEI’s clients and partners.
Paul’s career trajectory includes the design and construction of complex projects pertaining to highways, bridges, transit, aviation, and marine and port activities. He is known for the launch of Michigan’s first Flex Route, an innovative design that allows for travel on the left-hand shoulder of the southbound side of a highway during morning rush hour and northbound side during evening rush hour.
Education. Paul has received his Master of Science in Construction Engineering from the University of Michigan and his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Prairie View A&M University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).
Involvement in the Community. Paul is active in many professional organizations that demonstrate his dedication to his civil engineering profession and his commitment to creating impactful infrastructure. He has served as Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Friends Association with Michigan University and is a proud member of the Engineering Society of Detroit where he enjoys helping minorities achieve their professional growth goals. Paul has been instrumental in developing internships and full-time employment opportunities for HBCU engineering students.