T. Michael Toole


Mike Toole has been an entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary leader in the military, industry and academia. Before becoming the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo on August 1, 2017, Dr. Toole spent 18 years at Bucknell University. His positions at Bucknell included Associate Dean of Engineering, Professor of Civil and Env. Engineering, Director of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program, Director of the Institute for Leadership in Technology and Management, Senior Fellow in the Society & Technology Residential College, an elected member of Faculty Council, and an appointed member of three Presidential Task Forces studying campus climate, online learning, and the creation of a college of management. A professional civil engineer (PA), Toole received a B.S. in Civil Eng. from Bucknell University, and an M.S. in Civil Eng. and Ph.D. in Technology Strategy from M.I.T. His scholarship focuses on Prevention through Design, in which designers explicitly consider the safety of construction and maintenance workers, and he initiated and maintains http://www.designforconstructionsafety.org. Previous employment includes serving as a Company Commander in a Seabee Battalion and Asst. Resident Officer in Charge of Construction with U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps, Purchasing Manager with Ryland Homes, and Vice President with a multidisciplinary engineering firm. He co-founded three ventures involving innovative design or construction. He served as Vice Chair of the ASCE/Construction Institute Prevention through Design Committee and the Site Safety Committee and as Co-Chair of the NIOSH NORA Construction Sector Council Prevention through Design workgroup. Toole’s current board memberships include the Executive Board of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Engineers Dean Council, Toledo Society of  Professional Engineers, Engineering Foundation of Ohio, and Better Business Bureau Serving Northwestern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan, Inc., and he is the Chair of the Ohio Engineering Deans Council.  Honors include being elected a Fellow within ASCE, receiving Best Paper awards from an ASCE journal and an ASCE conference, receiving the Class of 1956 Teaching Award, and being nominated by Bucknell for the U.S. Professor of the Year award. He is a member of the Order of the Engineer and six national honor societies.

Contact Information

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Work email:  michael.toole@utoledo.edu
Work mailing address:  
5012 Nitschke Hall, Mail Stop 310
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3397

CVs and Bios

Toole Leadership CV July 2021

Toole Academic CV July 2021

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Select Presentations (since 2018)

Toole, T. M. “Toole Applying NSPE Code of Ethics to Campus Reopening” and “Toole EFO Ethics ASCE comparison.” Presentations during the Engineers Foundation of Ohio Professional Development Conference (virtual), November 6, 2020.

Toole, T. M. “Toole Ethical Issues in Bidding.” Invited presentation to the University of Toledo Engineering Alumni Affiliates (virtual) on November 19, 2020.

Toole, T. M. “Opportunities and Challenges for PtD Education.”  Invited plenary presentation at the Arizona State University/NIOSH Prevention through Design Workshop, Tempe, AZ, Mar. 11, 2020.

Toole, T. M. “Achieving the Triple Bottom Line through Integrated Design and Construction.”  Invited presentations at the FECON Project S.A.F.E. conference, Jacksonville, FL, Mar. 10, 2020 and the Florida Engineering Society annual conference, Marco Island, Aug. 3, 2018.

Toole, T. M. “Leveraging Industry Trends to Facilitate PtD Adoption.”  Invited presentation at the Northern Ohio Chapter of ASSP Workshop Design-In-Safety for Sustainable Business Results, Oct. 11, 2019, Independence, OH.

Introduction to Safety by Design in Electrical Construction.” Invited presentation to Toledo Chapter of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Sep. 25, 2019.

Prevention through Design and the Triple Bottom Line,” Safety Council of Northwest Ohio, Maumee, OH, June 19, 2019.

Integrated Lifecycle Engineering,” All Ohio Engineering Conference, Perrysburg, OH, June 7, 2019.

Toole, T. M. “Design for Safety and the Triple Bottom Line.”  Engineers Foundation of Ohio Fall Professional Development Conference, Powell, OH, Nov. 2, 2018.

Toole, T.M., “Prevention through Design.”  2018 Pennsylvania Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference, Oct. 29 and 30, 2018, Hershey PA.

T. M. Toole.  “Using Prevention through Design to Achieve Project Safety Goals.”  Project Management Institute, Western Lake Erie Chapter.  University of Toledo.  Sep. 11, 2018.

Toole, T. M. “Implementing Prevention through Design to Achieve Life-Cycle Safety.”  Invited presentation at SSOE Group, Toledo, OH, July 26, 2018.


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Refereed Journal Articles

Toole, T. M. and Erger, K. (2018).  “Prevention through Design:  Promising or Perilous?”  ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)LA.1943-4170.0000284.

Gambatese, J. A., T. M. Toole and D. Abowitz (2017).  “Barriers to Prevention through Design.”  J. of Construction Engineering and Management. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001296.

Toole, T. M., J. A. Gambatese and D. Abowitz (2016).  “Owners’ Role in Facilitating Prevention through Design.”  J. of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice. DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000295.

Toole, T. M. and G. Carpenter (2013).  “Prevention through Design as a Path Towards Social Sustainability.”  J. of Architectural Engineering 19(3):169-173.

Toole, T. M., M. R. Hallowell, and P. S. Chinowsky (2013).  “A Tool for Enhancing Innovation in Construction Organizations.”  Engineering Projects Organization Journal 3(1):32-50.

Toole, T., M. P. Heckel, and M. R. Hallowell (2013).  “Public and Organizational Policy:  A Key Factor Enabling Prevention through Design.”  Professional Safety 58(1):41-49.

Toole, T. M. (2011).  “Internal Impediments to ASCE Vision 2025.”  Leadership and Management in Engineering 11(2):197-207.

Abowitz, D. and T. M. Toole (2010).  “Mixed Method Research: Fundamental Issues of Design, Validity and Reliability in Construction Research.”  J. of Construction Engineering and Management 136(1): 108-116.

Hallowell, M. R. and T. M. Toole (2009).  “A Contemporary Design-Bid-Build Model.”  J. of Construction Engineering and Management 135(6): 540-549.

Toole, T. M. and J. Gambatese (2008).  “The Trajectories of Construction Prevention through Design.”  J. of Safety Research 39(2): 225-230.

Toole, T. M. (2007).  “Design Engineers’ Responses to Safety Situations.”  J. of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice 133(2): 126-131.

Toole, T. M. (2005).  “Increasing Engineers’ Role in Construction Safety:  Opportunities and Barriers.”  J. of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice 131(3): 199-207.

Toole, T. M. (2002).  “Construction Site Safety Roles.”  J. of Construction Engineering and Management 128(3): 203-210.

Toole, T. M. (2001).  “The Technological Trajectories of Construction Innovation.”  J. of Architectural Engineering 7(4): 107-114.

Toole, T. M. (1998).  “Uncertainty and Homebuilders’ Adoption of Technological Innovations.” J. of Construction Engineering and Management 124(4): 323-332.

Refereed Proceedings

(since 2008, excludes papers that were expanded into published journal papers)

Toole, T. M. and J. A. Gambatese (2017).  “Levels of Implementation of Prevention through Design in the United States.”  Proceedings of the CIB W099 and TG59 International Safety, Health, and People in Construction Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, June 11-13, 2017.

Toole, T. M. (2016).  “Strengthening Sustainability Rating Credit for Off-Site Construction.”  Proc. of the 2016 Modular and Offsite Construction (MOC) Summit, Univ. of Alberta, Canada.

Hallowell, M.R., J.A. Gambatese, and T.M. Toole (2008).  “A Systems Model of Construction Innovation.”  Proc. of the 2008 Conference for Leadership and Management in Engineering, October 2008.

Selected Non-Refereed Publications

Toole, T. M. (2018).  “PEs should Pursue Integrated Lifecycle Engineering.”  PE.  Published by the National Society of Professional Engineers.  May/June. Page 8.

Toole, T. M. (2017). “Adding Prevention through Design to Civil Engineering Educational Programs.”  J. of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice.  DOI 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000344

Toole, T. M. and J. Gambatese (2014).  “Prevention through Design:  a Path to Social Sustainability.”  COAA Owner’s Perspective Fall/Winter 2014.  Pages 22-25.

Toole, T. M., J. Gambatese and D. Abowitz (2011).  “Owners’ Role in Facilitating Designing for Construction Safety.”  Research report published by the CPWR/NIOSH.

Toole, T. M. and R. Marshall (2006).  “Designing for Geoconstruction Safety.”  Invited paper presented at the ASCE “Trends Affecting the Geo-Community” workshop held in Reston, VA December 5-8, 2006.

Toole, T. M., N. Hervol and M. Hallowell (2006).  “Designing for Construction Safety.”  Modern Steel Construction 46(6): 55-59.

Toole, T. M. and J. Gambatese (2002).  “A Primer on the Federal OSHA Standards.”  ASCE Practice Periodical in Structural Design and Construction.  7(2): 56-60.

Toole, T. M. (2002).  “A Comparison of Site Safety Policies of Construction Industry Trade Groups.” ASCE Practice Periodical in Structural Design and Construction.  7(2): 90-95.