James C. Bambarger
"TTL" Commitment to Tomorrow’s Engineers
Inducted in 2008
The University of Alabama’s founding put Tuscaloosa on the map long ago, but the place was not always the growing, thriving community we know today. Of the many high-profile projects that have come to Tuscaloosa and West Alabama over the past 37 years, the name James C. Bambarger has been part of the equation.
A 1970 UA civil engineering graduate, Bambarger started small: he was the sole employee of a construction materials testing company, the company now known as TTL Inc. From the beginning, Bambarger committed to provide information and solutions to achieve the client’s goals. That commitment remains a part of TTL’s mission statement today. TTL has grown from a small testing company to a diverse, professional engineering consulting and analytical firm with 200 employees working from six locations in three states. During his career, Bambarger served as project engineer, project manager, and geotechnical engineer before becoming chief executive officer of TTL. He retired from full-time duties as the chairman of the board for TTL in 2006. Bambarger was honored with the recognition of chairman emeritus.
Serving in his role as a geotechnical engineer, Bambarger helped Tuscaloosa secure the JVC facility, one of West Alabama’s first international manufacturing plants. In the mid-1990s, the decision by Mercedes-Benz to locate an automotive plant in Tuscaloosa County was a major economic achievement for Alabama. Bambarger served the project as TTL’s principal-in-charge of geotechnical and construction materials engineering for the million-square-foot plant and eventual expansions doubling its size. Other well-known Bambarger projects include the DCH Educational Tower, UA’s Angelo Bruno Business Library, UA’s Sewell-Thomas Stadium (baseball), UA’s interdisciplinary science building, and the expansions to the landmark Bryant-Denny Stadium.
In 2004, TTL provided geotechnical engineering consulting and construction materials testing services for the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium, a project honored with the 2005 ACEC of Alabama’s Grand Award for Engineering Excellence. That same year, TTL was recognized by Business Alabama as one of the top five engineering firms headquartered in Alabama.
TTL has endowed a UA engineering scholarship honoring Bambarger and his vision. The company also joined Bambarger in 2006 to pledge additional funds exceeding $100,000. Investments in engineering’s future rouse Bambarger’s enthusiasm. He has chaired UA’s Engineering Leadership Board for two years and works to lead his many colleagues and friends to closer connections with UA. The personal network of the able, affable “Bam” was indispensable to UA’s civil engineering faculty when reworking their senior design course. The new plan required an actual firm to help simulate “first design job” experiences for students.
Bambarger was previously honored as a UA Distinguished Engineering Fellow (2002), Civil Engineering Outstanding Fellow (1992), and College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Volunteer (2007). He was presented with the UA civil engineering department’s Keith-Woodman Award (2005) and was the West Alabama chamber of commerce Small Business Person of the Year (1992).
Bambarger, a Fairhope native, is married to Greta Smith Bambarger. They live in Eutaw; their two daughters reside in Tuscaloosa. The couple has six grandchildren.