In 1995, The University of Alabama College of Engineering began a yearly tradition of recognizing an alumnus who provided excellent volunteer assistance to the College as the Outstanding Alumni Volunteer. The 2019 Outstanding Alumni Volunteer award recipient is Robert P. Barnett.

Barnett has demonstrated consistent loyalty to the College. He has previously served on the Capstone Engineering Society Board of Directors and the UA Civil Engineering Department Board of Advisors.

In 2012, Barnett was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow in The University of Alabama College of Engineering. Recognition as a Distinguished Fellow is the highest commendation given to graduates whose efforts have strengthened the reputation of the College. The UA civil engineering department has also named him a Departmental Fellow and a Keith Woodman Fellow.

Barnett earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from UA in 1968 and 1971, respectively. From 2010-2018, he spent time as an adjunct professor of civil engineering at UA.

In 1986, he founded the firm that is now Barnett Jones Wilson, LLC, a progressive-thinking structural engineering design firm that believes in combining experience with new techniques to produce creative design solutions. The firm’s offices are located in Pell City, Northport and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

A board certified structural engineer and licensed professional engineer in numerous states, Barnett has authored several publications and technical articles. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, American Council of Engineering Companies, Council of American Structural Engineers, Structural Engineers Association of Alabama, and Prestressed Concrete Institute.

Throughout his engineering career, he has been named a Fellow of ASCE, ACI, and ACEC. Other recognitions include Associated Builders and Contractors Engineer of the Year, Associated General Contractors of America Engineer of the Year and Alabama Hospital Trustee of the Year. Barnett has also won the CASE Chairman’s Award and the ACEC Community Service Award.

He has been involved with several community and civic activities including the First United Methodist Church of Pell City, Boy Scouts of America, St. Vincent Health System, Pell City Chamber of Commerce, Pell City Education Foundation, Logan Martin Lake Protection Committee, Pell City Hospital, Eastern Health Systems, Alabama Hospital Association, Colonial Bank, Leadership Pell City and Leadership Alabama. Twice his company has been nominated for Small Business of the Year-Pell City Chamber of Commerce.

Barnett, a Sycamore native, enjoys reading, sailing, furniture building, wooden boat building and traveling. He has two children, Paul and Michael. Barnett and his wife, Jean Hall Barnett, live in Pell City.

Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Through the Years

  • 2018: N. Hugh Mathews
  • 2017: Shaw Gilmer
  • 2016: Selina S. Lee
  • 2015: Ronald Anthony “Tony” McLain
  • 2014: Richard A. Nail II
  • 2013: Milton A. Davis Jr.
  • 2012: David G. Courington
  • 2011: Ray McGaha
  • 2010: Jon Noland
  • 2009: John W. Covington
  • 2008: L. Lamar Faulkner
  • 2007: James C. Bambarger
  • 2006: Jim Delahay
  • 2005: Ed Englebert
  • 2004: Warren Ross
  • 2003: Vincent P. Caruso
  • 2002: F. William Keith Jr.
  • 2001: Leroy McAbee
  • 2000: Daniel S. Turner
  • 1999: J. Michael O’Brien
  • 1998: John Phillip Duke
  • 1997: Charles A. “Pap” Long
  • 1996: Tom Patterson
  • 1995: Susanna Tomlinson