McKinney Named Indiana ASCE’s Civil Engineer of the Year
Rose-Hulman civil engineering professor James McKinney was named Civil Engineer of the Year by the Indiana section of the American Society of Civil Engineers at the section’s spring conference in Lafayette.
McKinney, a member of the Rose-Hulman faculty since 1980, was honored for his career achievements, service to ASCE and loyal support to the civil engineering profession.
“Jim has always been an excited supporter of civil engineering, the Indiana section of ASCE and Rose-Hulman’s role in training future engineers,” stated Ali Abufaras, Indiana section ASCE president. “Engineers throughout central Indiana appreciate Jim’s contributions, his leadership and his friendship. He’s a first-class engineer.”
McKinney served as Rose-Hulman’s Civil Engineering Department head from 1982 to 2001, was president of the 1,300-member ASCE Indiana section in 1987-88, helped establish the Asphalt Quality Assurance Program that benefits the paving industry and Indiana Department of Transportation, has earned the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Public Service Award, and has advised several state and local government agencies on engineering issues. He currently is the R.C. Hutchins Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, the college’s first endowed faculty position.
A certified Indiana professional engineer, McKinney served as a highway engineer with the Indiana State Highway Commission and a field engineer with the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company. He also was a former flight instructor with the U.S. Air Force.
At Rose-Hulman, McKinney helped lead the Civil Engineering Department to unprecedented enrollment growth, increased campus identity and improved academic achievements. He supported the concept of client-based projects for all Rose-Hulman civil engineering seniors and has organized the campus’ Fundamentals of Engineering exam for senior engineering graduates each spring.
McKinney teaches courses in surveying, civil engineering materials, cost engineering, construction planning and engineering economy.
“Jim’s passion is working with
students and teaching,” states Robert Houghtalen, current Civil Engineering
Department chair. “He loves working with students in the laboratory and the
classroom. He has been a mentor to so many civil engineering graduates and
Herniter, an associate professor, authored “Schematic Capture with Electronics Workbench MultiSIM,” the first book on the market that teaches how to use the Electronics Workbench MultiSIM computer software. It is the most in-depth manual that shows how to create a circuit, how to run different analyses, and how to obtain the results from those analyses, allowing the user to self-teach.
Another Herniter manual, “Schematic Capture with Cadense PSpice, Second Edition,” is designed for use throughout the continuum of freshman through senior-level electronics courses in engineering and engineering technology. It is believed to be the best and most in-depth PSpice manual available, showing students how to use the Cadence/OrCAD version of the PSpice circuit simulation program with the OrCAD Capture front end.
Yoder, a tenured professor, is co-author of “Signal
Processing First,” a textbook designed for introductory courses in digital
signal processing, and signals and systems. The book is derived from “DSP
First: A Multimedia Approach,” published in 1997, which filled an emerging need
for a new entry-level course not centered on analog circuits in the electrical
and computer engineering curriculum.