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educator , civil engineer , engineering executive

Ronald Lee Terrel, American civil engineer, engineering executive, educator. Nominated Construction Man of Year Engineering News-Record, 1972; Recipient Distinguished Service award The Asphalt Institute, 2004; Ford fellow, 1965-1967; Purdue Alumni scholar, 1959-1960.


Terrel, Ronald Lee was born on September 2, 1936 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, United States. Son of Theodore Thomas and Ruth Margaret (Fausset) Terrel.


Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1960. Master of Science, Purdue University, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, University California-Berkeley, 1967.


Estimator, J.H. Pomeroy & Company, San Francisco, 1955; laboratory assistant, Purdue University, 1956-1960; assistant field geologist, Bear Creek Mining Company, Minneapolis, 1957-1958; materials engineer, United States Bureau Reclamation, Denver, 1960-1964; project engineer, J.H. Pomeroy & Company, Antigua, British West Indies California California and, California, 1964-1965; research assistant, University of California-Berkeley, 1965-1967; assistant professor civil engineer, U. Washington, Seattle, 1967-1970; associate professor, U. Washington, Seattle, 1970-1975; professor, U. Washington, Seattle, 1975-1985; professor emeritus, U. Washington, Seattle, since 1985; head Transportation Construction and Geometronics division, U. Washington, Seattle, 1976-1979; professor, senior researcher, Oregon State University, 1989-1994; president, Pavement Systems Inc., 1970-1982; executive vice president, Seattle Engineering International, Inc., 1979-1981; president, Terrel Associations, Inc., 1981-1985; owner, Terrel Research, since 1986; vice president, Pavement Technologies Inc., 1985-1986; chairman, Chief Executive Officer, RL Technologies Ltd., since 1996. Board directors, vice president Hydrogenesis, Inc. Consultant in field.


  • Other Work

    • Patentee in field.


Co-founder, director Washington State Transportation Center, 1981-1984. Member American Society for Testing and Materials, American Society of Civil Engineers, Tranps. Research Board, Association Asphalt Paving Technologists (board directors 1979-1983, Emmons award 1983, 95, award of merit 1990), Triaxial Institute (chairman 1971-1973), Canada Technology Asphalt Association, International Society for Asphalt Pavements (founding member 1987), Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Chi Epsilon, Sigma Gamma Epsilon.


Married Susan Laura Harrower, February 28, 1959 (divorced July 1981). Children: Douglas Scott, NancyDawn, Janet Lynn. Married second Alice Marie Blanchard, July 23, 1981.

Theodore Thomas Terrel

Ruth Margaret (Fausset) Terrel

second Alice Marie Blanchard

Susan Laura Harrower

Douglas Scott Terrel

Janet Lynn Terrel

NancyDawn Terrel