Dr. Robert Batson has research interests in engineering and quality management, project risk management, supplier and supply chain management, quality and reliability engineering, maintenance of equipment and structures, 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.
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 in the past 35 years. Prior to joining the University of Alabama, Batson was employed for five years by Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, where he was a systems engineer. 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.