Professor Amevi Acakpovi
Engr. Prof. Amevi Acakpovi is a Professor in the Electrical/Electronic Engineering Department at Accra Technical University. He is also a Graduate (MSc/MPhil) Supervisor/External Assessor at the Faculty of Telecommunications, Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) and an External Researcher in the Laboratory of Applied Energetic and Mechanics (LEMA) at the Polytechnic of Abomey-Calavi (EPAC), University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Cotonou, Bénin.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the Lokossa Institute of Technology (Republic of Benin) in 2006 and a Certificate of Designer Engineer (Eq. MSc.) in Electrical Engineering Option Control of Industrial Process from the Abomey-Calavi University (Republic of Benin) in 2009.
Prof. Acakpovi further pursued a PhD degree in Energy Systems Engineering from a collaboration between the Open University Malaysia and the Accra Institute of Technology in Accra, Ghana from 2011 to 2017. During his PhD studies, Prof. Acakpovi developed and implemented with software, prominent solutions to the cost optimization problem of Hybrid Energy Systems (HES) using metaheuristic optimization techniques like particle swarm optimization and additionally developed and tested a general framework for optimizing HES. Dr. Acakpovi is the author of several publications in International Journals including IEEE conferences, and transactions as well as other SCI-Indexed and EI-Indexed journals.
Prof. Amevi Acakpovi is currently the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Accra Technical University since December 2020, a position he occupied in the past from June 01 to July 02, 2019, and June 01 to November 30, 2020. Some of the prominent positions he occupied recently in the University include Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (2018-2020) and Head of the Electrical/Electronics Engineering Department (2012-2018).
As part of his academic leadership, Prof. Acakpovi led various teams to submit many proposals for grants, some of which were successful. He is a winner of the COTVET grant for skill development project Windows 2, year 2018 and has also won several grants and awards to attend short training abroad. He is currently leading a team of Engineers to apply for the Government of USA grant through MIDA for the development of an Energy Service Centre in Ghana which is worth USD 3,300.000.
Prof. Acakpovi was highly instrumental for the Faculty of Engineering and the University at large, in developing accreditation documents for both NCTE and NAB. He led a number of accreditation processes successfully. His contributions in developing proposals, conducting workshops on CBT curriculum development, meeting the accreditation teams, and mounting and defending new programmes were favourably appreciated by the University community.
Additionally, Prof. Acakpovi took part in a number of international events that uplifted the image of his department and the University at large. Some of these included his participation in the World Skill International in Kazan, Russia as Electrical Representative for Ghana, and the Off-grid conference in Stuttgart, Germany to mention but a few.
Besides, Prof. Acakpovi has acquired great experience in teaching and learning at the Graduate level. He has taught extensive Master’s level courses and supervised more than fifty (50) MSc. theses from various recognized Universities. He is handling five (5) PhD theses from the Open University of Malaysia / Accra Institute of Technology and has been selected on multiple occasions as an External PhD thesis moderator for Engineering thesis at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Prof. Acakpovi was a recipient of the SILVER AWARD – Engineering, Science, Technology & Innovation in October 2014 at the International Research Initiative Conference (IRIC) in Accra, Ghana. He also received in 2012 an Award of Innovation in Engineering at the 1st Applied Research Conference in Africa (ARCA), in August 2012 at Cape Coast, Ghana. In addition, Prof. Acakpovi received in 2018, the Best Paper Award at the 7th IEEE International Conference on Adaptive Science and Technology and subsequently the best track paper award in project management at the IEOM conference in South Africa in 2018. Prof. Acakpovi is the reviewer of many journals including IEEE Transactions in Sustainable Energy, the International Journal of Renewable Energy Researcher (IJRER), the Journal of Energy (Elsevier/Science Direct) and many others. His current research interests include Hybrid Energy Systems, Mini and Microgrid Optimization, Smart Grid Modelling and Optimization, Solar and Wind Energy Modelling and Optimization, Artificial Intelligence in Energy Systems and Recommender Systems.
Prof. Amevi Acakpovi has recently been upgraded to the senior membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) since 2019 and he is also a member and head of the Electrical Division of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Ghana. Dr. Acakpovi is also the Elected Vice President of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Ghana Chapter and a Consultant to the Ghana Standard Authority for the review of Electrotechnical Standards. Finally, Prof. Acakpovi is the elected president of the Technical Committee 77, on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) that reports to the African Electrotechnical Standardisation Commission (AFSEC), a branch of the African Union.