Kirk T. 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 $4.7 billion annual 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 was the 2014 chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee and has served on the TRB Executive Committee since 2004. He also chaired the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Oversight Committee for TRB. He was president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) from 2011 to 2012 and he has been a member of the AASHTO Board of Directors since 2006.
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. Steudle was the 2014-2015 chair of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition, he serves on the board of the Engineering Society of Detroit, the largest engineering society in the country. He also chairs the Michigan Mobility Transformation Center’s (MTC) External Advisory Board (EAB). Steudle serves on the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) College of Engineering Advisory Board, and is a trustee for the Traffic Improvement Association (TIA) of Michigan.
In 2015, Steudle was named one of America’s Top 25 Government Innovators by Government Technology. He received the Felix A. Anderson Image Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan in 2013, and he was one of nine alumni inducted into the inaugural LTU Department of Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012. Steudle is the recipient of the 2011 P.D. McLean Award from the Road Gang for excellence in highway transportation. In 2010, he received the prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald award from AASHTO, recognizing him nationally for his continuous outstanding service and exceptional contribution to highway engineering.
In the past, Steudle has served as MDOT’s chief deputy director, Bay Region engineer, and Metro Region deputy region engineer. He was also president of the 2009 Mississippi Valley Conference.
Steudle is a graduate of Adrian High School and LTU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in construction engineering. He also served on the Essexville City Council from 1995 to 1999.
Steudle and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and live in South Lyon, Michigan.