Auburn Engineering leads 63rd Annual Alabama Transportation Conference

Published: Feb 4, 2020 10:55 AM

By Austin Phillips

As an institutional leader of transportation research and workforce development, Auburn University’s Department of Civil Engineering has taken the lead to organize and develop the 63rd Annual Alabama Transportation Conference.

The conference, which takes place Feb. 11-12 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel at the Convention Center, will welcome nearly 1,000 federal and state highway personnel, road building contractors, general contractors, heavy construction contractors, utility contractors, county engineers, consulting engineers, construction material vendors, researchers, professional society representatives and university faculty members.

This event will provide an opportunity for these individuals to share innovative advances in transportation planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance.

Technical sessions and sit-down luncheons will be provided to create a forum for the exchange of ideas between transportation engineers and construction professionals. The conference will also include trade exhibits available to enhance learning and provide additional networking opportunities for all participants.

Tuesday’s session will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a welcome from Anton Schindler, the Mountain Spirit Professor of civil engineering and director of the Auburn University Highway Research Center, followed by a presentation titled “Intelligent Transportation Systems and the Future of Transportation” given by Shailen Bhatt, president of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.

Auburn alumnus Tim McCartney, ’80 civil engineering and chair of the Alabama Workforce Council, will then deliver a presentation titled “Workforce Development in Alabama.”

Steve Taylor, associate dean for research, will preside over the luncheon and introduce Gov. Kay Ivey.

The Tuesday afternoon concurrent technical sessions will focus on roadway design, asphalt pavements and construction.

Wednesday’s agenda begins with concurrent technical sessions on the Birmingham 59/20 project, transportation stormwater management, city and county engineering, geosite investigations, concrete solutions, multimodal and emerging transportation, and transportation funding.

Rod Turochy, the James Madison Hunnicutt Professor of civil engineering and director of the Alabama Transportation Assistance Program, will preside over the luncheon, with Alabama Transportation Director John Cooper following.

The complete program and more information can be found here.

Media Contact: Austin Phillips,, 334-844-2444

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