Lindly Receives UA Engineering’s Hackney Leadership Award

Dr. Jay K. Lindly
Dr. Jay K. Lindly

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama College of Engineering’s Dr. Jay K. Lindly, professor of civil engineering and director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama, is the 2015 T. Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership award recipient.

The T. Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership Award honors a faculty member who exemplifies the constant guidance and leadership necessary to make the College of Engineering exceptional.

Lindly received his award at a recent ceremony at the Embassy Suites in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Lindly began his academic career at The University of Alabama in 1987 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and professor in 2006. Early in his career, Lindly served as faculty adviser for the Chi Epsilon student honor society. In 1998, he received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Chi Epsilon Southeastern States.

Lindly has been a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama since 1992.

He was named director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama in 2009. His research interests coincide with UTCA’s research theme of management and safety of transportation systems.

His most impactful management research has included studies on life-cycle cost comparisons for asphalt versus concrete pavements, alternative revenue sources for highway funding, pavement edge line retroreflectivity and intercity bus subsidy programs.

His safety research topics include rumble stripes, school bus seat belt safety, traffic-light cameras and utility pole crash safety. Lindly has been awarded more than $7 million in external funding as principal investigator, and he has more than 100 papers and publications.

Since serving as part of the team that re-wrote the Alabama Department of Transportation’s “Utilities Manual” in 1987, Lindly has been involved with the highway/utility interface.

He chaired the Transportation Research Board’s Utilities Committee from 2010 – 2012. He co-authored both the Federal Highway Administration’s “Highway/Utility Guide” in 1993 and the USDOT’s “Highway Utilities Joint Use Issues” short course in 1998.

Since then, he has served as a highway/utilities instructor for the FHWA’s National Highway Institute, teaching NHI training courses in more than 30 state capitals and in Puerto Rico.

He was awarded NHI’s Instructor of Excellence for fiscal year 2013.

Recently, Lindly became associated with the Congressionally-authorized, $230 million Strategic Highway Research Program 2. He is performing implementation training for Task R15b in a series of 10 training sessions in 2014 and 2015 in states from New Hampshire to California.

He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kansas, his master’s degree from Kansas State University, and his doctoral degree from Purdue University in 1976, 1977 and 1987, respectively.

From 1978 through 1983, Lindly was employed by Exxon Research and Engineering Company, chiefly working on designs for synthetic fuels plants.

This award was created as a tribute to T. Morris Hackney and was made possible by the contributions from John H. Josey and his son, Howard Josey.


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