Daniel S. Turner
Leader in Transportation Engineering
Inducted in 2014
Daniel S. Turner is a tireless advocate, promoter and leader of the transportation engineering profession. He is widely recognized and called upon to give conference keynote addresses, chair national panels, guide the development of policies and research products and related activities for agencies and industries all levels.
Turner earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Alabama, and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M. His deep love for the University is reflected in his instruction and mentoring of undergraduate students to encourage them to become professionals and leaders, and his guidance of graduate students toward highly valued research and publications. He holds close friendship with many alumni, both those who graduated before his arrival and those who received degrees under his tutelage.
Currently an emeritus professor of civil engineering, he has held positions in teaching, research and service at The University of Alabama since 1976, including director of Engineering Technology Programs, head of Civil & Environmental Engineering and founding director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama.
An Alabama native, Turner has done his state and nation proud through improvements to traffic operations, traffic safety and highway design. During his tenure, he completed 130 research projects for more than $30 million. His clients include the Federal Highway Administration, Alabama Department of Transportation, Transportation Research Board, Alabama cities and many others. He has more than 300 publications and 600 presentations at technical and professional meetings, and has written or taught more than 75 short courses. An example of his work is the groundbreaking, large-scale, scientifically-controlled study of cost-effectiveness of seat belts on school buses. The study was closely observed by the National Transportation Safety Board, the National Highway Safety Administration and other national and international safety agencies.
He is a past national president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Council of University Transportation Center and has served on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Engineering Societies, the Board of Directors of ABET and the Executive Committee of the Engineering Accreditation Commission. Additionally, Turner served as chair of the Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. He is currently vice president of the Southern Zone of the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors, and incoming Chair of the Technical Activities Council of the Transportation Research Board.
Turner is listed in Who’s Who in America and 20 similar programs. He is a National Honor Member of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Fraternity and a National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies. In 1990, Turner became UA’s second recipient of the Blackmon-Moody Outstanding Professor Award. Within the College of Engineering, he was named to the inaugural class of Distinguished Engineering Fellows, and received the Teacher of the Year award in 1984, the T. Morris Hackney Faculty Leadership award in 1998 and the Outstanding Alumni Volunteer award in 2000.
Turner and his wife, Linda, reside in Tuscaloosa. They have four children and nine grandchildren.