Julius Codjoe was born in Accra, Ghana. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana in 1999 and was awarded his diploma in March 2000. Thereafter, he received a tuition-free scholarship for graduate studies in Sweden and obtained a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Linköping University in 2002.
He found professional employment with Mouchel, a transportation consultant in the United Kingdom before completing his graduate studies, and continued working as a transportation consultant in the United Kingdom from 2001 to 2010 for Parsons Brinckerhoff and Scott Wilson. During that time, he obtained the UK professional licensure of Chartered Engineer (CEng); the equivalent of a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the US. He worked as a project manager on several high profile jobs and was in charge of staff scheduling, budgeting and delivery of technical design solutions to strict deadlines.
Julius migrated to the US in January 2011 as a permanent citizen and immediately enrolled at Louisiana State University (LSU) to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering, focusing on transportation under the supervision of Dr. Sherif Ishak. He was immediately awarded a research assistantship and in Fall 2011 became the proud beneficiary of the Stanley M. and Hilma R. Cothren Graduate Fellowship for Engineering Excellence, scholarships he held on till he completed his studies. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering in December 2014.