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Civil Engineering Professor Jim McKinney Inducted into Indiana Asphalt Pavement Association’s Hall of Fame

January 9, 2012

Jim McKinney, Roland Hutchins Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, has been inducted into the Asphalt Pavement Association of Indiana (APAI) Hall of Fame as a hallmark contributor to Indiana's transportation industry.

        Jim McKinney Class

Veteran Educator: Jim McKinney has taught a wide range of courses to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology civil engineering students since joining the faculty in 1980.  He served as department chair on two occasions, has coordinated the administration of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and was a professional mentor to the Cecil T. Lobo student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

During a 36-year career as a college instructor, McKinney has helped educate thousands of civil engineering and asphalt pavement professionals.  He has been a member of the Rose-Hulman faculty since 1980, and was chair of the Department of Civil Engineering from 1982-2001 and again in 2007.  He also served as a graduate instructor from 1976-1980 at Purdue University, where McKinney earned bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.

McKinney has coordinated the Hot Mix Asphalt Quality Assurance Certification Program in conjunction with APAI and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) since 1986, and has been chief proctor of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam at Rose-Hulman for 27 years.  He also mentored the APAI civil engineering scholarship program at Rose-Hulman.

"The certification and scholarship programs, under Jim's leadership at Rose-Hulman, have launched literally hundreds of successful careers in our industry," said William I. Knopf, APAI's executive director.  "Jim's commitment to the asphalt industry has never waivered.  He is a passionate advocate for quality asphalt pavements, and above all, he has been a trusted industry friend to many of our customers, member firms and industry partners."

APAI Hall of Famer Don W. Lucas, former INDOT chief engineer and 1959 Rose-Hulman alumnus, introduced McKinney's induction at the organization's Hall of Fame Ceremony and Scholarship Banquet in Indianapolis.  McKinney becomes the 10th inductee to the APAI Hall of Fame, joining Bill Rieth and Robert McCormick of the Rieth-Riley Construction Company, Fred Fehsenfeld of The Heritage Group, Bill Kelly of Walsh-Kelly Inc., J.J. Mick McTague and Dennis Drysdale of Fauber Construction, John Spangler of Milestone Contractors, Lloyd Bandy of APAI and Lucas.

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Dr. Jim McKinney
Roland Hutchins Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering


McKinney's career achievements include being named the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Indiana Section Outstanding Civil Engineer (2003), American Council of Engineering Companies' Public Service Award (2002), APAI Award of Merit (2001) and Sagamore of the Wabash (1989).  He also served as president of the ASCE Indiana Section (1987-1988).

Beginning his career as a field engineer at Chicago Bridge & Iron in 1969, McKinney was a research engineer for INDOT in 1975.  He also served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot, instructor and flight examiner from 1969-1974.

McKinney is planning to retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.  He has been married to his wife, Melody, for 41 years.  They have two children and three grandchildren.

APAI is a 50-year-old not-for-profit trade organization representing the interests of the asphalt paving industry in Indiana.  It is dedicated to promoting the use of asphalt by developing and delivering customer-driven programs to enhance quality and excellence in all aspects of asphalt technology.  Learn more about APAI at