Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018
Kirk T. Steudle, P.E.
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)
"Reshaping Communities Through Transformational Technologies"
Kirk T. Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, oversees MDOT’s over $4 billion budget, and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4000 state highway bridges at a department with 2500 employees. He also oversees administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects. Steudle is a national leader in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies, and was the 2014-15 Chair for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) Board of Directors. He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Steudle is a Past President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Chairs the Standing Committee on Highways. He was a 2014 member of the National Research Council for the National Academy of Science and the 2014 Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee. He also chaired the second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee (SHRP 2) for TRB. As well as a member of numerous NCHRP panels and committees on asset and performance management. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University, where he received a bachelor's degree in construction engineering, serves on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
The L. Ray Buckendale Lecture award provides for an annual lecture that deals with automotive ground vehicles for either on- or off-road operation in either commercial or military service. The intent is to provide procedures and data useful in formulating solutions in commercial vehicle design, manufacture, operation, and maintenance.