William J. Sproule, PE

William J. Sproule


  • Professor Emeritus, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • PhD, Michigan State University


Bill Sproule has over 45 years experience in government, consulting, and university teaching and research in Canada and the United States. He joined the faculty at Michigan Tech in 1996 and is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering. He received a BSCE from Michigan Tech, a M.Eng. in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from Michigan State University. Over the years he has taught a variety of courses in traffic engineering, transportation planning, airport planning, highway design, public transit, and consulting engineering and helped develop the Rail Transportation Program at Michigan Tech. He has a wide range of professional experience and his current research areas include airport ground access and terminal planning, traffic safety, automated people mover systems, and hockey history. Bill has been active in many professional associations and has received several awards including the Michigan Tech Distinguished Teaching Award and the ASCE Robert Horonjeff Award for his work in airport engineering. For many years he was the Faculty Athletic Representative for Michigan Tech.

Research Interests

  • Airport planning and design
  • Transportation planning
  • Traffic engineering,
  • Public transit
  • Automated people movers
  • Hockey history