Olisanwendu Ogwuda

Industrial Engagement Lead
School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
Olisanwendu Ogwuda


Dr Ogwuda is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering programme. Dr. Olisanwendu Ogwuda also the Centre Manager at the Centre of Excellence in Smart and Sustainable Construction (CES2C) and the Director of Industry Engagement for the School of Engineering, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai. 


Dr. Olisanwendu Ogwuda leads all strategic relationships between Heriot-Watt University, Dubai and the Built Environment. In his role he actively promotes the multi–disciplinary Heriot-Watt University Dubai strengths which align with industry needs in relation to education and applied research and development. Olisanwendu is also responsible for building and managing relationships with CES2C industry members along with the continuous development of the CES2C brand identity.

Prior to this, Olisanwendu led the development of the new Civil Engineering & Architectural Engineering programmes at Heriot-Watt University Dubai. He also led the development of links between the University and the United Arab Emirates local chapters of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. He was also responsible for the University’s civil engineering programmes being the first in the region to be accredited by the UK Joint Board of Members (JBM) professional institutions. 


Olisanwendu has worked with industry and academia for over 30 years, including over 15 years in applied research and development linking research and practice. He has developed partnership opportunities that have provided commercially focused innovation, research and technology development in low energy and sustainable construction. He is a member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and the Institute of Asphalt Technology.