The University of Alabama College of Engineering recently recognized Robert P. Barnett as its 2019 Outstanding Alumni Volunteer.
He has demonstrated loyalty to the College by previously serving on the Capstone Engineering Society Board of Directors and on the advisory board for the civil, construction and environmental engineering department.
Barnett, a Sycamore native, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from UA in 1968 and 1971, respectively. In 1986, he founded the firm that is now Barnett Jones Wilson, LLC, a progressive-thinking structural engineering design firm that believes in combining experience with new techniques to produce creative design solutions.
In 1995, the UA College of Engineering began a yearly tradition recognizing an alumnus who provided excellent volunteer assistance as the Outstanding Alumni Volunteer.
Barnett has given back to his alma mater by spending time as an adjunct professor of civil engineering at UA from 2010-2018. In 2012, he was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow in The University of Alabama College of Engineering. Recognition as a Distinguished Fellow is the highest commendation given to graduates whose efforts have strengthened the reputation of the College. The UA civil engineering department has also named him a Departmental Fellow and a Keith-Woodman Fellow.
He has been involved with several community and civic activities including the First United Methodist Church of Pell City, Boy Scouts of America, St. Vincent Health System, Pell City Chamber of Commerce, Pell City Education Foundation, Logan Martin Lake Protection Committee, Pell City Hospital, Eastern Health Systems, Alabama Hospital Association, Colonial Bank, Leadership Pell City and Leadership Alabama.
A board certified structural engineer and licensed professional engineer in numerous states, Barnett has authored several publications and technical articles. He is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, American Council of Engineering Companies, Council of American Structural Engineers, Structural Engineers Association of Alabama, and Prestressed Concrete Institute.
Throughout his engineering career, he has been named a Fellow of ASCE, ACI, and ACEC. Other recognitions include Associated Builders and Contractors Engineer of the Year, Associated General Contractors of America Engineer of the Year and Alabama Hospital Trustee of the Year. Barnett has also won the CASE Chairman’s Award and the ACEC Community Service Award.
Barnett has two children, Paul and Michael. He lives in Pell City with his wife, Jean Hall Barnett.
In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 130 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.