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Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

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  • Ph.D., Mathematics (Operations Research), University of Alabama, 1979
  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama, 1979
  • M.S., Mathematics, Florida State University, 1974
  • B.S., Mathematics/Physics, University of Alabama, 1972


Dr. Robert Batson has research interests in engineering and quality management, project risk management, supplier and supply chain management, quality and reliability engineering, and safety engineering.

Since joining UA in 1984, he has been awarded 52 contracts and grants worth more than $2.3 million with organizations such as Mercedes-Benz, American Cast Iron Pipe Co., BellSouth, National Science Foundation, NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Army Aviation and Missile Command. A number of these dealt with materials processing, fabrication and assembly, or safety of operations.

Batson and his students recently completed a contract to improve the accuracy and usability of the ALDOT software to predict queue formation and growth/dissipation at interstate highway work zones.

He authored a Handbook of Project Risk Management for NASA in 1987 and a Wiley textbook entitled Applied Integer Programming in 2010, along with 75 refereed articles or book chapters. Batson is a registered professional engineer in California, a Certified Quality Engineer and a Certified Reliability Engineer through the American Society for Quality, and an authorized OSHA Construction Industry Safety Trainer.

Honors and Awards

  • IIE Aerospace Division Award, 1988-89
  • Best Paper Award, Engineering Division, AFS Annual Casting Congress, 1989
  • Best Written Technical Paper Award, ASQC Annual Quality Congress, 1992
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, Students of Dept. of Industrial Engineering–University of Alabama, 1993-94, 2005-06, 2007-08

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Batson, R. G., “How to Make Engineering Statistics More Appealing to Millennial Students,” Proceedings of ASEE 2018 Annual Conference, (2018)
  • Batson, R. G., “Supplier Management in Service Industry: What Can be Learned from Automotive Manufacturing?” Contemporary Issues and Research in Operations Management, (2018) (DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.71209)
  • Batson, R. G., “Sabbatical Leaves with Industry: Three Experiences,” Proceedings of 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, (2015)
  • Batson, R. G., “An Approach to Teaching People Skills in Senior Design Project Courses,” Proceedings of 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, (2015)
  • Batson, R.G., “Methodology to Optimize a Work Zone Queue Estimation Tool,” Inter. Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research3(3), pp. 1-35, (2014)