Dr. C. Michael Walton
Civil engineering professor, Dr. Mike Walton, was the first member of ARTBA’s Research & Education Division to be elected chairman of the board back in 2006. Now, he’s the first educator inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Since joining The University of Texas at Austin in 1971, he has been a transformative figure connecting academia with industry, public policy and government through his consulting relationships with approximately 30 state transportation departments and his volunteer leadership positions in national organizations. Walton is a past chair of the Transportation Research Board executive committee, and founding member and a chairman of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. He’s also been a leader at the state level, having been appointed by the Texas governor to chair the committee responsible for defining the state’s transportation funding and mobility needs by 2030.
Walton has contributed to more than 500 publications in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, freight transport, and transportation engineering, planning, policy and economics. In the process, he helped shape transportation policy at both the federal and state levels. But most importantly, he has helped shape the minds of hundreds of his students who today are making major contributions to transportation research and engineering.
Among his many career honors are being: named one of “America’s Top 100 Private Sector Transportation Design & Construction Officials of the 20th Century” (2004), selected as the recipient of the Theodore M. Matson Memorial Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers (2011), and presented with the Transportation Research Board’s W. N. Carey, Jr., Distinguished Service Award (1998). He also received an Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award from the American Society of Civil Engineers to recognize and honor his lifetime excellence in furthering civil engineering education.