Dr. Robert G. Batson

  • Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 1000 NERC
  • Phone: (205) 348-1609
  • Fax: (205) 348-0783

Areas of Research

  • Project Risk Management
  • Quality Engineering
  • Robust Product and Process Design
  • Safety Engineering
  • Applied Statistical and Optimization Methods


  • Ph.D., The University of Alabama
  • M.S.I.E., The University of Alabama


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. He 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 has 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. Bob is a registered P.E. in California.