Longtime director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, Kirk Steudle, has been awarded the International Road Federation’s highest individual honour and named as its 2018 ‘Man of the Year’.
Mr Steudle was the keynote speaker at the recent ITS (UK) Summit in Bristol, and is a recognised global authority on the development of connected and automated vehicles (CAV).
Prior to his recent retirement from public service, Mr Steudle oversaw MDOT’s $4.7bn annual budget and was 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 served in a variety of volunteer leadership roles with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), and ITS America.
In October 2008, he was appointed senior vice president at Econolite, a California-based traffic management solutions company.
IRF chairman Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel said: ‘This accolade crowns an exceptional career and a highly respected voice on innovation in transportation, at a time when road sector stakeholders everywhere are embracing creative thinking in anticipation of new trends shaping our current transportation model.’
Accepting the award, Mr Steudle stated: ‘Serving the public has been a true privilege and a very rewarding career. The IRF has been a great partner in many different areas and I am thankful for their tireless work. I look forward to continued collaboration.’
Established in 1951, IRF’s Person of the Year award recognises eminent public, private and education sector professionals with an outstanding track record of leadership and commitment to the road transport industry.
The IRF is a global not-for-profit organisation, headquartered in Washington, DC since 1948 and supported by regional operations in Brussels, Santiago, Accra, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur and Chicago.