Walton Selected for National Civil Engineering Award

     Dr. C. Michael Walton, a civil engineering professor at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected for the 1999 Francis C. Turner Lecture Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Walton will receive this honor "for his contributions to transportation research, education and practice. His leadership in advancing the application of new concepts in intelligent transportation systems and intermodalism within a global context are particularly noteworthy."

     Walton’s work in intelligent transportation systems involves computers installed in cars to give directions and inform the driver of wrecks or delays on the road, through satellite observations. In addition, his research involves developing new approaches to intermodalism, which is the movement of goods and their transfer from one form of transportation to another.

     Founded in 1852, ASCE represents more than 120,000 civil engineers worldwide, and is America's oldest national engineering society. The Francis C. Turner Lecture Award is given to one exceptional civil engineer each year.

     Along with being a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Walton is a fellow and founder of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering and is the holder of the Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering.