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Walton, C. Michael


Walton, C. Michael

C. Michael Walton, PH.D., P.E., NAE, DIST.M.ASCE

Technical Region Director Official Nominee 

Vision Statement
Responses to TRD Questions

Biographical Statement


  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University (Civil Engineering-Transportation), 1971
  • M.C.E., North Carolina State University (Civil Engineering-Transportation), 1969
  • B.S., Virginia Military Institute (Civil Engineering), 1963

Work Experience

  • Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, 1993-present; Professor of Civil Engineering, 1983-present; Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering, 1988-1996; and Joint Appointment, LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin
  • Senior Partner, WHM, Inc. (acquired by HDR, Inc.), 1983-2002
  • U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC
  • North Carolina Highway Commission, Raleigh, NC
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1963-1967; Combat Engineer, Captain, Regular Army

ASCE Involvement

  • Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award Jury, 2006-2007 and 2013-2014
  • Chair, Committee on Government Affairs, 1998-2002 
  • Transportation and Development Institute
    o Board of Governors, 2001-2006 and 2010-2013
    o President, 2012-2013
  • Report Card for America’s Infrastructure Committee, 2004-2005; Chair, 2008-2009
  • Chair, Progress Report for America’s Infrastructure Advisory Committee, 2003
  • National Transportation Policy Committee, 1996-1998; Chair 2002-2003
  • Chair, Technical Activities Committee, 1992-1994
  • Chair, TAC Visioning Task Committee, 1995-1996
  • Texas Section
    o Energy Resources Committee, 1985-1990
    o Tellers Committee, 1979-1981
    o Membership Committee, 1983-1984
    o Committee on Public Affairs, 1973-1977
    o Chair, Committee on Student Activities, 1972-1975

Other Volunteer Activities

  • National Research Council, Governing Board, 2004-2013
  • Secretary, National Academy of Engineering, CE Section Executive Committee, 2000-2003
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
    o Board of Directors, 1998-present; Chair, 2006-2007
    o Education Division, 1997-present; President, 1998-1999
  • Transportation Research Board
    o Executive Committee, 1989-1995 and 2004-2013; Chair, 1991
    o Chair, NCFRP Panel 48, Support the Implementation of the Freight Provisions of MAP-21 and the Development of a National Freight Policy, 2013-present
    o EU-US Transportation Research Symposium No. 1: Urban Freight Transport-The Last Mile; Chair, 2012-2014
  • International Road Federation, Board of Directors, 1991-2004; Executive Committee, 1998-2004
  • International Road Educational Foundation, Board of Directors, 1998-2004; Chair, 2001-2004
  • ITS America
    o Board of Directors, 2000-2006; Chair, 2002
    o Coordinating Council, 1991-2000; Chair, 1997-2000
    o ITS World Congress Board of Directors, 2000-2006
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
    o National Freight Advisory Committee, 2013-2015
    o Chair, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Advisory Council on Transportation Statistics, 2012-2015
    o Expert Research Panel of the Research, Development and Technology Strategic Plan, 2010-2011
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Advisory Committee for the Engineering Science and Technology Division, 1993-2008; Chair, 2005-2008


  • American Society of Civil Engineers
    o Presidents’ Award for Achievement, 2013
    o Distinguished Member, 2008
    o OPAL Award, 2005
    o Francis C. Turner Lecture, 1999
    o James Laurie Prize, 1992
    o Frank M. Masters Award, 1987
    o Harland Bartholomew Award, 1987
  • Transportation Research Board
    o Frank Turner Medal, 2013
    o W. N. Carey, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, 1998
    o Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship, 1995
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers
    o Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award, 2011
    o Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award, 1996
  • ITS Hall of Fame, ITS America, 2008
  • American Road and Transportation Builders Association
    o America’s Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Design and Construction Professionals of the 20th Century, 2004
    o S.S. Steinberg Award, 1994
  • George S. Bartlett Award from AASHTO, TRB and ARTBA, 2000
  • Council of University Transportation Centers Award, Distinguished Contribution to University Transportation Education and Research, 2006
  • Honorary Doctorate, Nagoya Institute of Technology (Japan), 2006
  • Honorary Professor, Beijing Jiaotong University, 2004; Dalian University of Technology, 2004
  • Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award, UT Austin, 1996
  • Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, North Carolina State University, 1995