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Kirk Branson Sr., P.E.

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Education:

BS, Civil Engineering, Michigan State University (1980)
MA, Management, Aquinas College (1985)
Registered Engineer (1993)

Occupation:

Transportation Service Center Manager,
Michigan Department of Transportation

Organizations:

Member, CEE Professional Advisory Board

I have been a Lansing resident all of my life, and a proud graduate of the Lansing school district and Michigan State University. I married my high school sweetheart in 1970, and have 3 children: Kirk, Jr., currently working for G.M.; Brandi, who is in her last year at MSU, and Matthew, who just started MSU in 1997, is majoring in Engineering and is a freshman on the football team. I have been employed by the Michigan Department of Transportation all of my adult life. However, I have not stayed in one spot–I’ve been a draftsman, an auditor, program manager, and I am currently Engineer Manager overseeing over $70 million worth of construction work.

I feel that since my graduation from MSU in the spring of 1980, I have grown in maturity and confidence. The experiences of success and failure at MSU helped me prepare for my life’s journey.

Neither one of my parents graduated from a four year institution but they were a great support to me in my quest to complete my college education.

After I completed my undergraduate degree, I still had a thirst for knowledge. I enrolled in a master program and completed my masters degree in 1985 in Management from Aquinas College. With a lot of encouragement from my wife and children, I studied hard and became a Registered Engineer in February of 1993.

During all of this personnel development and growth, I coached my kids in soccer and football.

As a Resident Engineer, I’ve been involved with some of the MDOT innovative types of pavement construction. One example is the asphalt paving project, which made use of high strength asphalt paving sections, paved adjacent to a rubblized pavement section so that they could be compared in the longevity, wearing, and rate of deteriation, over time. My office took the lead role in the pavement patching FAST TRACK project on the I-96 expressway on the southwest side of Lansing in 1996, in which some MSU CEE faculty played a prominent role.

I am currently overseeing the construction of the last leg of the US-27 bypass around St. Johns, which involves the connection of the I-69 Interchange north of the city of Lansing. During my career at the MDOT, I have found that my work in civil engineering has been a very satisfying vocation. I feel the future of civil engineering is yet to be seen–our everchanging societal and environmental needs are still waiting to be discovered. It is my ambition as a member of the CEE Professional Advisory Board to make MSU a part and a major player in the future of civil engineering.