University of Tennessee

Edward Taylor

Department: Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research

Title: Research Associate III


1983 The University of Tennessee, B.S. Civil Engineering

1993 University of Georgia, Athens, MBA Business Admninistration

2009 The University of Tennessee, MA Economics

714 Stokely Management Center

Edward Taylor’s professional background includes construction engineering, professional engineering licensure

and advanced work in statistical analysis and business analytics. The Construction Industry

Research and Policy Center has been a contractor to the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour

Division (WHD) and OSHA for more than 20 years and during that time has performed numerous

studies analyzing, interpreting and reporting on large databases for both WHD and OSHA. During the

last 5 years at CIRPC, he has been the Project Director with the responsibility for over 10 million

dollars in contracts with the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division and OSHA requiring

the creation of large and small databases, responding to requests for reports interpreting the data,

and providing select data from the data sets.

Having spent ten years in the bridge construction industry, Taylor has seen first-hand how

devastating occupational injuries can be. I have seen co-workers suffer broken legs, disabling knee

injuries, and amputations. He has also seen the effects of long-term exposure to noise and repetitive

motion manifest themselves in permanent hearing loss and carpal tunnel. He has also personally

experienced narrow escapes from serious injury in the workplace. He recognizes that current methods

of state-level injury surveillance typically underestimate non-fatal injuries and seldom capture illnesses.

The use of workers’ compensation data to supplement current tools potentially adds much to our

efforts to enhance workplace safety.


Most Outstanding Board Member; Cleveland Family YMCA (1996)

Chair Bridge and Concrete Committee; Tennessee Road Builders Association (2002 – 2003)

Grand Prize Winner – DOL Worker Safety and Health App Challenge (2013) $15,000 grand prize winner