John McCarthy

Title: Engineer (Retired)
Location: Opelika, Alabama, United States

John McCarthy, Retired Engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in traffic engineering.

While Mr. McCarthy was in college at Auburn University, he designed crosswalks at intersections that were not marked at all. He learned about signs, signals, and markings in college and in his work. He originally thought he was going to be a newspaper reporter and was working as a sports reporter while going to high school. The day he left high school, he was offered a job for a newspaper in a small town and the man who offered him the job told him he should go in the technical field instead. Mr. McCarthy earned a Master of Engineering from the University of Auburn.

Mr. McCarthy’s career highlight was when in three years, in three cities, they removed unnecessary traffic signals at about 20-30% in each city. He worked with the city of Montgomery and was able to take down three unnecessary and old traffic signals. He attributes his success to his father’s inspiration as an accountant, as he wanted to follow his quality of work life. For 40 years, Mr. McCarthy practiced traffic engineering as a consultant, a city traffic engineer, a county traffic engineer, and a senior traffic engineer for NJ DOT. During that time, he acquired a Professional Engineer’s License in two states and a Professional Planners License in one of those states. He has taught seminars on basic traffic engineering fundamentals, intersection design, plan reading, roundabout design, underground drainage systems, and work zone traffic control. He authored hundreds of publications including a thesis, several traffic studies, the Work Zone Chapter in a Traffic Engineering Short Course, and many newsletter articles on topics in civil engineering and public works.

As a testament to his success, Mr. McCarthy was named Outstanding Traffic Engineer by the Alabama Institute of Transportation of Engineers in 2015. He has been inducted as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a fellow of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the president of the Scholarship Committee. In his spare time, Mr. McCarthy enjoys hiking and in the future, he hopes to hike at the state national parks.

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