UA Professor Emeritus to Lead National Engineering Group

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dr. Daniel Turner, professor emeritus at The University of Alabama, was recently elected as president-elect for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.

Turner spent more than 30 years working for the University, eventually becoming head of the civil engineering department and director of the University Transportation Center for Alabama.

He was elected at the NCEES 94th annual meeting, held in August in Williamsburg, Virginia. He will serve as president-elect during the 2015–16 term and as president the following year.

A resident of Tuscaloosa, Turner was a member of the Alabama State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors from 2009 to 2014. He is a past NCEES Southern Zone vice president and assistant vice president and has served on a number of NCEES committees, including the Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers.

Turner has been a licensed professional engineer in Alabama since 1985 and a professional land surveyor since 1978. He received both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University as well as a doctoral degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University.

Turner serves as chair of the Technical Activities Council of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council. He is a past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Council of University Transportation Centers.

He is a former member of the board of directors of ABET Inc. and the board of governors for the American Association of Engineering Societies. He has also served as a Fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He is a member of several honor societies, including the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1920 NCEE is a non-profit organization made up of engineering and surveying licensure boards from all U.S. states and territories and the District of Columbia. NCEE works to advance licensure for engineers and engineers and surveyors.

Additionally, NCEE  develops best-practice models for state licensure laws and regulations and promotes uniformity among the states. It develops and administers the exams used for engineering and surveying licensure throughout the country.

It also provides services to help licensed engineers and surveyors practice their professions in other U.S. states and territories.


Adam Jones, engineering public relations, 205/348-6444,; Judah Martin, engineering student writer,