Kirk T. Steudle is an independent senior executive advisor focused on advancing national transportation policy, executive coaching, and integrating technology into transportation. He is a noted expert in surface transportation and a nationally recognized leader in the integration of technology into transportation and the development of connected vehicle technology. During his 31-year public employee career, he served as Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) from 2006-2018 and recently retired as Sr Vice President from Econolite Systems, an international traffic management company headquartered in California. He served as president to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AASHTO, chaired the Transportation Research Board, TRB, executive committee and chaired for the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, ITSA, Board of Directors. He is the current President of the Engineering Society of Detroit, is a Board member of the Center for Automotive Research, a Board Trustee of Lawrence Technological University and serves on the Texas Technology Task Force. His favorite coaching advice is to enjoy today as tomorrow isn’t guaranteed for anyone.