Engineers Week Dinner to feature MDOT state transportation director

In celebration of 2017 Engineers Week, the Southwest Michigan Engineering Societies Committee brings the following presentation to the Fetzer Center on Tuesday, Feb. 21.  Kirk T. Steudle, state transportation director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), will speak on "Future Mobility: Rapidly Changing Technology and its Profound Impact on the Movement of People and Goods." The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour, dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation at 7:30 p.m.

Steudle began his career with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in 1987. A registered professional engineer, he rose through the ranks of the department to his current position. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Steudle state transportation director on Jan. 1, 2011. He also served as state transportation director from 2006 to 2010.

Steudle oversees MDOT’s more than $4 billion 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. He also oversees administration of a wide range of multi-modal transportation programs statewide. MDOT currently has 2,500 employees.

Steudle is a national leader in the development of connected vehicle technology, which allows vehicles to communicate with the road and other vehicles to improve safety and mobility. He continues to work with a partnership of governments and auto manufacturers to further high-tech highway operations and, at the same time, improve Michigan’s economy.

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