Roy Sturgill


Assistant Professor [CCE E]

Construction Engineer, Construction Management and Technology Program [Institute for Transportation


Town Engr
813 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 500111066


454 Town Engr
813 Bissell Rd
Ames, IA 50011-1066

2711 South Loop Drive Suite 4700
Ames, IA 50010-8664



Dr. Roy Sturgill, P.E. is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering and a Construction Engineer at Iowa State University. Dr. Sturgill has served as PI or Co-PI on over 30 projects totaling over $5,000,000 worth of research. He was previously an engineer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in construction management and drew on his practitioner background to emphasize the implementation of research. Dr. Sturgill is currently the Committee Chair for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Utilities. He is also a committee member for the TRB Standing Committee on Construction Management (AFH10). Dr. Sturgill is a licensed professional engineer in Kentucky and Iowa, and a certified National Highway Institute (NHI) trainer.


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2018
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2004
  • M.B.A., University of Kentucky, 2003
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2003
  • Graduate Certificates—Engineering Education (VT), Preparing the Future Professoriate (VT), Applied Statistics (UK)

Honors and Awards

  • Building a World of Difference, Black and Veatch Faculty Fellowship, Iowa State University, 2023
  • Axis Stewardship Award, American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, Committee on Right of Way, Utilities and Outdoor Advertising Control 2023 ~ Research Project/Training Program
  • College of Engineering Award for Early Achievement in Teaching, Iowa State University, 2022
  • Miller Faculty Fellowship, Enhancement and Curriculum Development for the Construction and Infrastructure Visualization Laboratory (CIVL), Iowa State University, 2021-2022
  • Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Faculty Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Iowa State University, 2021
  • High Value Research in Construction, Specifications, and Materials, American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, 2022
  • High Value Research in Safety, American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, 2019
  • Myers-Lawson School of Construction Outstanding Graduate Student, 2006

Areas of Interest

  • Utility engineering
  • Early & integrated utility coordination
  • Utility investigation technologies
  • Digital Project Development
  • Digital Project Delivery
  • Emerging construction technologies
  • Alternative contracting methods
  • Construction management & administration
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Decision support tools
  • Knowledge management & training


1.      Withrow, J., G Dadi, H Nassereddine, R Sturgill. “Asphalt Material E-Ticketing Workflow: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis.” American Society of Civil Engineers. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. Volume 150. Issue 3. (March 2024)

2.      Patel, P., B Ramadan, H Nassereddine, R Sturgill, and Y Li. “Current Benefits of ASCE 75 and its Potential to Impact Digital “As-Builts” Initiatives at State Departments of Transportation.” Transportation Research Record. (March 2024)

3.      Tripathi, A., H Nassereddine, R Sturgill and G. Dadi. “People, Process, and Technology maturity levels for successful technology implementation by State Department of Transportations (DOTs).” Transportation Research Record. (January 2024)

4.      Montes Victorio S, R Sturgill and T Taylor. “Evaluating and Incorporating Utility Coordination Practices into the KYTC Project Development Process.” Transportation Research Record. (April 2023)

5.      Oguntoye, K., S. Laflamme, R. Sturgill, and D. Eisenmann. “Review of Artificial Intelligence Applications for Virtual Sensing of Underground Utilities.” Sensors. 23 (9), 4367. (April 2023)

6.      Tripathi, A., G. Dadi, H Nassereddine, R Sturgill, and A Mitchell. “Assessing Technology Implementation Success for Highway Construction and Infrastructure Asset Management.” Sensors. 23 (7), 3671. (March 2023)

7.      Adebiyi, J., J Anspach, and R Sturgill. “Return on Investment of Implementing Subsurface Utility Engineering on Transportation Projects: A Review and Analysis of Previous Cost-Benefit Studies.” Transportation Research Record. (2023)

8.      Whitman, J., M Perez, R Sturgill. “Exploring the Integration of Unmanned Aerial System Technologies into Stormwater Control Inspection Programs.” Water. 15 (22), 3924. (2023)

9.      Omer, T, R Sturgill. “Compensation Pathways for Utility Accommodation on Public Rights of Way.” Transportation Research Record. (August 2023)

10.  Al-Bayati, A, R Sturgill, L Panzer, +S Montes Victorio, +T Omer. “Locating underground utilities in the United States: A comparative analysis of services provided by private locators.” Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Volume 16, 2022, ISSN 2590-1982, (December 2022)

11.  Tripathi, A, +D Patel, R Sturgill, and G Dadi. “An Analysis of e-Ticketing Technology for Inspection Performance and Practicality on Asphalt Paving Operations.” Transportation Research Record (March 2022)

12.  Li, Y, S Al-Haddad, T Taylor, P Goodrum, and R Sturgill. “Impact of Utilizing Construction Engineering and Inspection Consultants on Highway Construction Project Cost and Schedule Performance.” Transportation Research Record 2673, no. 11: 716–725. (November 2019)

13.  Al-Shabbani, Z, R Sturgill, and G Dadi. “Developing a Pre-Task Safety Briefing Tool for Kentucky Maintenance Personnel.” Transportation Research Record 2672, no. 12: 187–197. (December 2018)

14.  Li, Y, T Taylor, G Dadi, and R Sturgill. “Modeling Long-Term Highway Staffing Requirements for State Transportation Agencies.” Transportation Research Record 2612, no. 1: 76–84. (January 2017)

15.  Wang, X, Z Al-Shabbani, R Sturgill, A Kirk, and G Dadi. “Estimating Earthwork Volumes Through Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems.” Transportation Research Record 2630, no. 1: 1–8. (January 2017)

16.  Zhai, D, Y Shan, R Sturgill, T Taylor, and P Goodrum. “Using Parametric Modeling to Estimate Highway Construction Contract Time.” Transportation Research Record 2573, no. 1: 1–9. (January 2016)

17.  Sturgill, R, and M Vorster. “Visually Improving Construction Contract Administration.” Transportation Research Record 1946, no. 1: 12–21. (January 2006)