Alkire, Bernard D.
- BS Civil Engineering 1961
Bernie Alkire completed his baccalaureate degree in civil engineering at Michigan Tech in 1961. After graduation, he served for two years in the US Army as a Lieutenant and then five years with the Michigan Department of State Highways as a Highway and Bridge Design Engineer before going on to earn an MS and PhD in civil engineering at Michigan State.
He returned to Michigan Tech in 1971 as an Instructor and was promoted to Assistant Professor after completing his PhD in 1972. In his 40 years as faculty in the Department, he taught a range of geotechnical, materials, and transportation related courses. In 2011 he retired from his academic career at Michigan Tech and is now an Emeritus Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.
Dr. Alkire was also very active in research and professional service over the years, serving on numerous ASCE committees and was editor for the Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. His research has been published in Geotechnique, Journal of Glaciology, and the Transportation Research Record.
His efforts were instrumental in bringing the Transportation Technology Transfer Center (now known as the Center for Technology and Training) to Michigan Tech in 1988 and later the Tribal Technical Assistance Program. The Center for Technology and Training (CTT) continues to grow, now assisting over 400 agencies in Michigan to manage their roadway assets. CTT has been recognized in a nationwide search for best practices on improving transportation safety for the Roadsoft program, which was initially launched in 1991 under Alkire’s leadership. The research funding from the State of Michigan and the Federal Highway Administration associated with the centers exceeds $4 million.
Bernie and his wife, Pat, reside in Houghton and have three daughters and four grandchildren. Since retiring, Bernie has studied the German language and enjoys traveling abroad.
Excerpted from the 2016 Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Academy induction program.