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Biography

Mershack Opoku Tetteh is a Lecturer in Construction Management at the School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. He earned a very competitive "Ph.D. scholarship" from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to study Real Estate and Construction Economics and graduated in October 2021. He attended Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi-Ghana, where he earned a BSc in 2015 with First-class Honours and an MPhil with Distinction in Construction Management in 2018. He has published multiple research articles in varying disciplines and has over six years of experience tutoring construction management courses.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Real Estate and Construction Economics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
  • MPhil in Construction Technology (Distinction), KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana
  • BSc in Construction Technology and Management (First Class Honours), KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana

Research Interests

Dr. Mershack’s research interests cover a wide range in the area of construction engineering with a focus on construction project management and advanced technology applications. This includes international construction and management strategies; forming and building hybrid-oriented project-based partnershipsinternational construction joint ventures; contract management and administration; construction procurement and digital supply chain management; green and sustainable construction; transforming aged existing buildings to nearly Zero Energy Buildings; developing comprehensive models for complex infrastructure management processes; intelligent decision support systems for infrastructure design, construction, maintenance, and operation processes; modular and offsite construction; building information modeling; artificial intelligence, and other digital technologies - i.e. augmented reality, digital twin.

Teaching Activity

  • EC2PMP - Construction Project Management & Planning
  • EC4PPC - Project Planning & Control

Employment

  • Lecturer, Aston University (January 2023 - Present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (February 2022 - December 2022)
  • Research Associate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (September 2021 - December 2021)
  • Academic Tutor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (August 2018 - June 2021)
  • Service Lecturer, KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana (January 2017 - May 2018)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana (August 2016 - June 2018)
  • Teaching and Research Assistant, KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana (August 2015 - July 2016)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Incorporate Member, Ghana Institute of Construction (GIOC) - currently working towards full membership
  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Awards

  • Postdoc Matching Fund Scholarship, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2022
  • PhD Scholarship, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2018 – 2021
  • eSyllabus for Africa Scholarship (2013 – 2015)
  • Second Best Paper for the 4th Edition of Applied Research Conference in Africa (ARCA), 2015
  • Best Construction Technology and Management Student Award, KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana, 2014
  • Best Construction Technology and Management Student Award, KNUST, Kumasi-Ghana, 2013
  • Best Elective Mathematics Student Award, Toase Senior High School, Ghana, 2008.

Funding Applications and Awards

  • Developing an intelligent decision support system for green retrofitting of aged existing buildings in Hong Kong (Project ID: P0038800) (Postdoc Matching Fund Scheme of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) (HK$ 744,000.00), Completed
  • Existing Buildings Energy Retrofitting for Carbon Neutrality in Hong Kong: Overcoming the Challenges (Public Policy Research (PPR) Funding Scheme) (HK$ 912,065.00), On-going

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Keywords

  • TH Building construction
  • Existing buildings retrofit
  • Green and sustainable construction
  • International construction joint ventures (ICJVs)
  • Modular and offsite construction
  • Building information modeling (BIM)
  • Digital technologies

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