Kirk Steudle, Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation
Kirk Steudle was appointed as Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation by Governor Rick Snyder on January 1, 2011. He also served as State Transportation Director from 2006 to 2010.
As State Transportation Director, Steudle oversees MDOT’s more than three billion dollar budget, and is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways and more than 4,000 state highway bridges at a department with 2,500 employees. He also oversees administration of a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects that range from Aviation to the Zilwaukee Bridge.
Steudle is the 2011-12 President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and serves on the AASHTO Executive Committee. In addition, he chairs the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) II Oversight Committee. Steudle is a national expert in Connected Vehicle Technologies, a high-tech highway operations technology that enables vehicles to communicate with roads and each other to improve safety and mobility. Steudle is on the Board of Directors of both the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA), and the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress. He also serves on the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Engineering Society of Detroit, the largest engineering society in the country.
Born and raised in Adrian, Michigan, Steudle graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer. He joined MDOT in 1987 as an engineer trainee and has served the department in various positions across the state throughout his career.
In 2010, he was recognized nationally for his continuous outstanding service and exceptional contribution to highway engineering when he received the prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald award from AASHTO. In 2011, he was awarded the P.D. McLean Award from the Road Gang for excellence in highway transportation.