SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Kirk Steudle has been inducted into first class of the College of Engineering Hall of Fame at Lawrence Technological University. He joined eight others who were inducted at a Nov. 30 ceremony.
Steudle, who earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from LTU in 1987, has served as Michigan’s transportation director since 2006 under both Democratic and Republican governors. He joined MDOT in 1987 as an engineer trainee and served the department in various positions across the state before becoming director.
“I share this honor with the forward-thinking administrators and engineering faculty at LTU as well as the professionals at MDOT, who embrace change and share my goal of providing a safe and efficient transportation system for everyone traveling in our great state,” Steudle said. “With technology developing at an exponential pace, there are many exciting changes to come. I’m proud to say that LTU and MDOT will be at the leading edge.”
As head of MDOT, Steudle oversees a budget of more than $3 billion and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways, more than 4,000 state highway bridges, and some 2,500 employees. He also administers a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects that range from aviation to the Zilwaukee Bridge.
Steudle is a national expert in connected vehicle technology, a high-tech highway operations technology that enables vehicles to communicate with roads and each other to improve safety and mobility. He has served as president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and in various leadership capacities with the Strategic Highway Research Program II, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and the Engineering Society of Detroit, the largest engineering society in the United States.
In 2010 Steudle was recognized nationally for his outstanding contribution to highway engineering when he received AASHTO’s prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald Award. In 2011 he was awarded the P.D. McLean Award from the Road Gang for excellence in highway transportation.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Bloomberg BusinessWeek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 20 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.