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Engineering educator

Bobby Ott Hardin, American engineering educator. Achievements include patents for testing effects of torsional vibration, soils insitu; patents for resonant footing test. Named to Hall of Distinction, University Kentucky College Engineering, 2009; recipient Lifetime Achievement award, Department Civil Engineering University Kentucky, 2005; Research grant, National Science Foundation, 1963, 1965, 1979, 1980, 1987.


Hardin, Bobby Ott was born on September 9, 1935 in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. Son of Ermine Martin and Bessie Mildred Hardin.


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University Kentucky, Lexington, 1956. Master of Science, University Kentucky, Lexington, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy, University Florida, Gainesville, 1961.


Highway engineer Kentucky Department highways, Lexington, 1956. Instructor, civil engineering University Kentucky, 1956—1959, associate professor, civil engineering, 1962—1967, professor, civil engineering, 1967—2006, chairman, department civil engineering, 1973—1977, emeritus professor, civil engineering, since 2006. Part time structural designer Gregg and Associates Consulting Engineers, 1957—1959.

Private practice, 1962—1992. Ford foundation resident, engineering practice Tennessee Valley Authority Construction Nicajack Dam, South Pittsburgh, 1965—1966.


  • Achievements include patents for testing effects of torsional vibration, soils insitu. Patents for resonant footing test.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor scientific papers to professional publications (J. James R. Croes medal, 1990, Thomas A. Middlebrooks award, 1979, C.A. Hogentogler award, 1979, Normal medal, 1973, Alfred Noble prize, 1966).


Fellow: American Society of Civil Engineers (life. Journal geotechnology engineering editorial board 1974-1982, geotechnology engineering division awards committee 1991-1999).


Married Anita Jane Stoten, June 25, 1960. Children: Kenneth Ott, Cynthia Jane Gibson.

Ermine Martin

Bessie Mildred Hardin

Anita Jane Stoten

Kenneth Ott Hardin

Cynthia Jane Gibson Hardin