Isaac Akinwumi

Biographical Info

Biographical Info:

Dr Isaac Akinwumi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering at Covenant University in Nigeria. He received his PhD and his Master of Engineering degrees in Civil Engineering from Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria and his Bachelor of Engineering degree (First Class) in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria. His research focuses on Geotechnical Engineering, construction materials, water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), waste management and climate change. He is proficient in Human-Centered Design and Sustainable Development concepts. He has published articles in international peer-reviewed journals and has won research grants and fellowships. He is a Commonwealth Scholar, having received the Commonwealth Split-site PhD Scholarship Award in 2015, which ensured he spent a year as a Visiting Postgraduate Researcher at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He is the Pioneer Technical Chair of the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructural Development (ICSID 2019 and ICSID 2020). He has supervised postgraduate students and has served as an External Examiner of PhD Students in India and the UK. Isaac is a Registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), a Corporate Member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE), a Member of the International Association for Engineers (IAENG), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He served as the Financial Secretary of the Nigerian Young Academy (NYA) between 2019 and 2021. He is a Fellow of the NYA. Isaac is also an Affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS). He served as the Coordinator of Research at the Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID) and is currently the Director, International Office and Linkages at Covenant University.


Civil Engineering

Area Of Specialization:

Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene, Waste management


Covenant University

Research interest:

Soil improvement, Landfill, Construction materials, Water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), Waste management


(1) 2020-2021 Strategic planning of urban water reuse interventions for community resilience (Awarded to UWL as PI, My Role: Co-I, Royal Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering for Development FoE202192 £19,964.03)
(2) 2019-2021 The circularity of biological wastewater treatment (Awarded to University of Birmingham as PI, My Role: Project Co-I, Royal Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Engineering for Development FoE719208 £30,000)
(3) 2019-2021 WASH environments, sanitation policies and health outcomes during the first 2000 days of life (Awarded to Royal Holloway, University of London as PI, My Role: Project Co-I, Royal Academy of Engineering, Frontiers of Development FoDSF19202100001 £20,000)
(4) Sustainable Development Award - A. Moghayedi, K. Behzadian, V. Vassilev, I. Akinwumi, A. Mehmood, L. Choe Peng, P. Phaik Eong, K. Blay, J. Diazsolano (2021) Causality between challenges, motivations, and extent of use of water recycling systems in residential properties, SEEDS International Conference 2021 Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society, 1-3 September 2021, Leeds Beckett University, UK
(5) Early Career Fund offered by Future Earth to attend the Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021), which took place virtually on 13-15 June 2021.
(6) Grant Winner Award (2020), College of Engineering (CoE), Covenant University, Second Edition of the College Award Night and Dinner (December 17, 2020)
(7) SDG Talent, UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017, Denmark, August 13-21, 2017
(8) Volkswagen Foundation Best Poster Prize Award, “Engineering and Life” conference, October 2016, Hanover, Germany.
(9) Commonwealth Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the United Kingdom, Award for 2015/2016 Split-Site PhD programme at the University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom.


(1) Financial Secretary, Nigerian Young Academy (NYA), 2019-2021
(2) Member, Conference Organising Committee, 2019 NYA Annual Conference and General Assembly
(3) Member, NYA Fund Raising Committee 2022-Date



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