Paul C. Ajegba, P.E. 

Director, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)







Paul C. Ajegba has 28 years of experience with the Michigan Department of Transportation and was appointed as director on Jan. 1, 2019. He previously served for three months as Metro Region engineer and before that as University Region engineer. During his seven years in the University Region, Ajegba oversaw his team's involvement in the planning, design and construction of several major projects, including the US-23 Flex Route - a project nominated for the America's Transportation Award, landing among the top 12 national finalists. Other notable projects include the I-94 rehabilitation project in Ann Arbor/Jackson, the I-96/US-23 interchange, and the I-75 freeway project.

Ajegba holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Prairie View A&M University and a master’s degree in construction engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan.

2019 PIONEER AWARD WINNER

State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba with his 2019 Pioneer Award, the highest award from the Michigan Chapter of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).
© 2019 MDOT Photography Unit



2019 Pioneer Award Dinner

2019 Pioneer Award

This was a family event, as members of COMTO Michigan joined together to celebrate their own at the Pioneer Award Dinner on Tuesday, April 23.  The chapter’s highest honor – the Annual Pioneer Award – was given to MDOT Director and long-time COMTO Michigan member, Paul Ajegba.  In his acceptance remarks, Paul noted that he stood on the shoulders of past Pioneer Award winners including former MDOT COO Greg Johnson, now Michigan Area Manager for WSP; current MDOT COO Tony Kratofil and Kirk Steudle, the immediate past director of MDOT.  In addition to honoring Paul, the chapter cited excellence by the following members: 

  • Emerging Leader of the Year – Trebecca McDonald, HNTB
  • Member(s) of the Year – Bianca Graves, Leading Edge Business Solutions andKim LeBlanc, Somat Engineering
  • Private Firm Executive of the Year – Nathan K. Ford, HNTB
  • Public Agency Executive of the Year – Beverly J. Watts, Wayne County Director of Public Services
  • Firm of the Year – Spalding DeDecker
  • DBE Firm(s) of the Year – E. Austell Associates and First Media Group
  • Innovative Project of the Year – The Michigan Department of Transportation and Somat Engineering for the Coal Mine Void Mitigation Design Phase II - Cooper Street/M-106 and I-94 Interchange - Blackman Township, Michigan


Congratulations to all for their outstanding achievements!


​Additionally, thanks to all of the Pioneer Award Dinner sponsors:  HNTB Michigan, Dinner sponsor; Somat Engineering, Legacy sponsor; Friend of COMTO sponsors DLZ, E. Austell Associates, Mannik Smith Group, Michael Baker International, Michigan Paving and Materials, Prewitt Group, Rowe Professional Services Company, Value Engineering and WSP; and Business Ad Sponsor Metro Strategies.

Finally, thanks to Pioneer Award Dinner Co-chairs Bianca Graves and Kim LeBlanc, and their committee for a great event and a fun evening! 

COMTO Mission Statement


​​The mission of COMTO is to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education and professional development.