Personal Biography

Daniel W. Halpin

Daniel W. Halpin was born September 29, 1938 in Covington, Kentucky. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1961 with a B.S. degree and then served as engineer in charge of troop training area construction in the European area, U.S. Army. He returned to the United States in 1965 to serve as an Assistant Resident and Field Manager for the Pittsburgh Engineer District, Corps of Engineers, until 1966. From 1966 to 1967 he commanded Engineering Construction troops and civilians in charge of construction of troop cantonments, warehousing, radio relay stations, and asphalt airfield and support facilities in Vietnam.

After his tour of duty, he attended the Technical University in Munich, Germany as a Visiting Scholar between 1967 to 1968. He returned to graduate school in the States receiving his M.S. in 1969 and his Ph.D. in 1973 from the University of Illinois. He worked as an Operations Research Analyst in the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory between 1970 to 1972, responsible for research projects related to construction management for the Army Corps of Engineers and served on the faculty of the Civil Engineering Department of the University of Illinois from 1972 to 1973 while working on his advanced degrees.

Professor Halpin was a member of the faculty of the School of Civil Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology between 1973 and 1985. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1981. While at Georgia Tech he was Chair of the Construction program in Civil Engineering. During the period 1985-1987 he held the Clark Chair Professorship in Construction Engineering within the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1987, he accepted the position of Head of the Division of Construction Engineering and Management at Purdue University.

Dr. Halpin has been recognized for his academic achievements by numerous awards. He received the ASCE Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 1979 and the Peurifoy Research Prize given by ASCE in 1992. In 2003, he was elected a member of The National Academy of Construction. Among his other honors are a Faculty Development Grant given by the Georgia Tech Foundation in 1980, NDEA Title IV Fellowship in 1968-70, elected to membership in Sigma Xi in 1972, and the Bronze Star Medal for Service, Republic of Vietnam, 1967. He was also named as visiting Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia during 1981, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 1985, and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 1998.He has served as President of the Georgia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Dr. Halpin is generally recognized as one of the leading authorities in the world on the use of simulation in studying construction processes. The Huber Research Prize cites him "for his use of simulation and gaming techniques in the modeling and management of construction processes." He is listed in Who's Who in America.

Last Updated: > February, 22 2008