TUSCALOOSA — The University of Alabama College of Engineering recently recognized Robert “Bob” Barnett of Pell City as its 2019 Outstanding Alumni Volunteer.
Barnett, a Sycamore native, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from UA in 1968 and 1971, respectively.
In 1986, he founded the firm that is now Barnett Jones Wilson, LLC, of Pell City, an engineering design firm that combines experience with new techniques, producing 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.
According to UA officials, Barnett 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 has also 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.
UA officials said 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.
Barnett is well-known in the Pell City community and 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.
Barnett also serves as chairman on the Pell City Industrial Development Board.
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 the 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, Barnett 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 adult children, Paul and Michael, and currently lives in Pell City with his wife, Jean Hall Barnett.