Roland E. Hutchins Endowed Chair of Civil Engineering John Aidoo loves to teach and provide students with worthwhile international project experiences, especially those helping his home country of Ghana. Dr. Aidoo is an award-winning professor with a passion for teaching. He has worked as a structural engineer in Ghana and for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Dr. Aidoo is a recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award, a co-advisor for the Rose-Hulman chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and a faculty mentor for the American Society of Civil Engineering’s Excellence in Civil Engineering Education program. In addition to teaching at Rose-Hulman, Dr. Aidoo has worked with elementary- and middle-school teachers to implement STEM projects in their classrooms and is the director of the institute’s Operation Catapult summer program, which provides high school seniors the opportunity to explore their STEM interests.

Teaching Interests

  • Structural analysis
  • Reinforced concrete and prestressed design
  • Structural steel design
  • Advanced composite materials
  • Bridge design

Research Experiences

  • Repair and strengthening of buildings and bridges using Advanced Composite Materials
  • Laboratory and field testing of structures
  • Fatigue behavior of concrete bridges

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Sutterer, K., Niezgoda, S., and Aidoo, J., “Inter-Collaborative Learning in Capstone Design: How Do We Optimize Costs and Benefits?”, American Society of Engineering Education Conference, New Orleans, 2016
  • Aidoo, J., Sipes, S., Hanson, J., and Lovell, M., “Capstone Design Alumni Survey,” American Society of Engineering Education Conference, Atlanta, 2013
  • Aidoo, J., Sexton, S., Hanson, J., Houghtalen, R., and Lovell, M., “International Design Project Experiences: Assessing the Longterm Impact on Students,” Poster Presentation at the Capstone Design Conference, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, 2012
  • Sizemore, J., Aidoo, J., Harries, K.A., and Monnell, J., “Use of Silane Adhesion Promoter to Enhance FRP-to-Steel Bond Performance,” Composites for Construction and Rehabilitation (CDCC) International Conference on Durability & Sustainability of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites for Construction and Rehabilitation, Quebec, Canada, 2011
  • Eveslage, T., Aidoo, J., Harries, K.A., and Bro, W, “Towards a Standard Test Method for Assessing FRP-to-Concrete Bond Characteristics,”Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, Beijing, China, 2010

Awards and Recognition

2019 - Named the Roland E. Hutchins Endowed Faculty Chair in Civil Engineering

2015 - Dean's Outstanding Teacher Award, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, University of South Carolina, 2004
  • MS, University of South Carolina, 2002
  • BSc, University of Science & Technology, Ghana, 1997