Roy Sturgill

TITLE

Construction Engineer, CMAT

PHONE

515-294-3933

EMAIL

sturgill@iastate.edu

ADDITIONAL ROLES

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

InTrans, CMAT, CTRE

About Roy

Dr. Roy Sturgill is an accomplished researcher and has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on over a dozen research projects totaling over $1,500,000 (inclusive of both state and national funding). Before coming to ISU, he worked as a research engineer at the Kentucky Transportation Center at the University of Kentucky in their Construction Engineering and Project Management Program and as an engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, working in construction management and in highway design conducting constructability reviews.

Dr. Sturgill is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Construction Management, friend to the Information Systems in Construction Management Sub-committee, friend to the Standing Committee on Project Delivery Methods, and Committee Research Chair of the Standing Committee on Utilities. He is a licensed professional engineer in both Kentucky and Iowa and has held previous sustainability-related credentials (LEED GA and GreenRoads STP).

Education


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • Master of Science in Engineering, Civil Engineering – Construction Engineering and Project Management, December 2004
    • Graduate Certificates: Engineering Education, Preparing the Future Professoriate
  • University of Kentucky– Lexington, Kentucky
    • PhD in Civil Engineering, Fall 2018
    • Masters of Business Administration, August 2003
    • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Minor: Mathematics, May 2003
    • Graduate Certificates: Applied Statistics

Professional Experience


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, July 2019–present
  • Research Engineer, Kentucky Transportation Center, University of Kentucky, October 2012–June 2019
  • Adjunct Instructor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky, January 2013–June 2013
  • Adjunct Instructor, Civil Engineering Technology Program, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, January 2012–2014
  • Engineer, Division of Highway Design, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, October 2012–October 2013
  • Engineer, Division of Construction, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, January 2007–October 2012
  • Professional Engineer, Kentucky and Iowa

Selected Research Projects


  • Dadi, G. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Development, Implementation, and Tracking of Preventative Safety Metrics.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). SPR 19-568. July 2018–present, $173,000.
  • Dadi, G. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Developing a Preventative Safety Scoring Mechanism for Employee Safety and Health.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). SPR 18-56-5. December 2017–June 2018, $28,000.
  • Dadi, G. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “E-Tickets and Advanced Technologies for Efficient Construction Inspection.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). KYSPR-18-554. July 2017–June 2019. $165,000.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Redefining Construction As-Built Plans to Meet Current KYTC Needs.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). KYSPR-18-555. July 2017–June 2019. $150,000.
  • Dadi, G. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Development and Execution of Utility Coordination Guidance and Training in Kentucky.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). March 2017–present. $80,000.
  • Dadi, G. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Usage of Mobile IT Devices in the Field for Design, Construction and Asset Management.” National Cooperative Highway Research Program, $40,000.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Effective Construction Project
  • Staffing Strategies for Transportation Agencies.” National Academies, NCHRP 20-107. June 2016–present. $499,613.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Implications of State Department of Transportation (DOTs) Participation in the One Call Process as an Underground Facility Operator.” National Academies, NCHRP 20-07, Task 389. January 2017–present. $99,653.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Streamlined project closeout for construction at KYTC.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). KYSPR-16-515. July 2015–June 2017. $165,000.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Differential bridge end settlement evaluation and prediction.” Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). KYSPR-14-486. July 2013–June 2016. $225,000.
  • Taylor, T. (PI) and Sturgill, R. (Co-PI), “Methods to expedite and streamline utility relocations for road projects Funded by the Federal Highway Administration (80%) and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (20%). KYSPR-13-460. July 2012–June 2014. $120,000.

Selected Publications


  • Newcomer, C., Withrow, J., Sturgill, R. E., and Dadi, G. B. 2018. Towards an Automated Asphalt Paving Construction Inspection Operations. Proceedings of CIB W78-2018, Chicago, IL.
  • Al-Shabbani, Z., Sturgill, R. E., and Dadi, G. B. 2018. Developing a Pre-Task Safety Briefing Tool for Kentucky Maintenance Personnel. Proceedings of the 2018 Transportation Research Record, In-press.
  • Wang, X., Sturgill, Jr., R. E., Al-Shabbani, Z., Kirk, A., and Dadi, G. B. 2017. Estimating Earthwork Volume Calculations Using Unmanned Aerial Systems. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2630, pp. 1–8.
  • Zhang, J., Taylor, T. R. B., Sturgill Jr., R. E., Dadi, G. B., and Stamatiadis, N. 2017. Predictive Risk Modeling of Differential Bridge Settlement. Proceedings of the Lean and Computing in Construction Congress. Heraklion, Crete, Greece, July 4–
  • Sturgill, Jr., R. E., Wang, X., and Dadi, G. B. 2017. Mobile Information Technology Device Strategies, Uses, and Needs Across State Transportation Agencies. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 8–
  • Zhang, J., Taylor, T. R. B., Sturgill, Jr., R. E., and Dadi, G. B. 2017. Comprehensive Statistical Method for Predicting Differential Settlement at Bridge Ends. Proceedings of the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 8–
  • Wang, X., Sturgill, Jr., R. E., and Dadi, G. B. 2016. Analyzing Use and Policies for Mobile Information Technology Devices within State Departments of Transportation. Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress (CRC), San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Sturgill, R., Taylor, T., and Li, Y. 2017. Effective Utility Coordination: Application of Research and Current Practices, Synthesis Report 506. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Washington, DC.
  • Taylor, T., Sturgill, R., and Li, Y. 2017. Practices for Establishing Contract Completion Dates for Highway Project, Synthesis Report 502. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Washington, DC.
  • Wang, X., Al-Shabbani, Z., Sturgill, R., Kirk, A., and Dadi, G. 2017. Estimating Earthwork Volumes Through Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2630.
  • Li, Y., Taylor, T., Dadi, G. and Sturgill, R. 2017. Modeling Long-Term Highway Staffing Requirements for State Transportation Agencies. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol. 2612.
  • Zhai, D., Shan, Y., Sturgill, R., Taylor, T., and Goodrum, P. 2016. Using Parametric Modeling to Estimate Highway Construction Contract Time. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2573.
  • Dadi, G., Sturgill, R., and Wang, X. 2016. Uses of Mobile Information Technology Devices in the Field for Design, Construction, and Asset Management, Synthesis Report 491. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Washington, DC.

Professional Affiliations, Honors, and Service


  • Committee Research Chair, Transportation Research Board, Standing Committee on Utilities (AFB 70), 2019–present
  • Member, Transportation Research Board, Standing Committee on Construction Management (AFH 10), 2013–present
  • Friend, Transportation Research Board, Information Technology in Construction Subcommittee (AFH 10(1)), 2013–present
  • Friend, Transportation Research Board, Standing Committee on Project Delivery Methods (AFH 15), 2016–present
  • Member, ASCE, UESI Utility Coordination Committee, 2018–present
  • Member, AASHTO Technical Subcommittees (Utility Mapping, GIS & SUE; Utility Project Scoping & Coordination; Utility Accommodation & Safety), 2017–present
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