Title: Managing Director
Location: Troy, Michigan, United States
Richard Beaubien, Managing Director of Beaubien Engineering, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of civil engineering.
While studying at the University of Michigan, Mr. Beaubien took a traffic engineering course with Professor Donald Cleveland. Professor Cleveland, and this course, were highly influential to him and inspired him to pursue engineering for his graduate studies. What has ensued is a career spanning five decades working to make roads operate in a safer and smoother manner. Since 2012, he has brought his decades of experience and a wide variety of skills to his position of Managing Director of Beaubien Engineering. Prior to this venture, Mr. Beaubien provided his services as the transportation department head of Hubbell, Roth & Clark, as the director of transportation for the City of Troy, MI, as the transportation and right-of-way department head of the City of Troy, MI, as a chief engineer with Reid, Cool & Michalski, Inc. and as a highway engineer for the Federal Highway Administration.
Throughout his career, Mr. Beaubien has been instrumental in many positive changes and systems. One he is particularly proud of is implementing an adaptive control technique for the traffic control system in Detroit, Michigan – the application, Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System (SCATS) originated in Australia. Furthermore, directing a project to design and build intelligent transportation systems for Detroit freeways is another point of pride for him. For his work, he has been recognized with a Marsh Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers. In 1987, Mr. Beaubien received the Engineer of the Year Award. He recently received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions.
Mr. Beaubien first earned an AB and Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Michigan in 1967. He continued his studies at the institution, partly inspired by the aforementioned Professor Cleveland, and received a Master of Science in civil engineering in 1968. In his career, he has become a registered professional engineer in the states of Michigan, Illinois, California, Florida and Missouri. Throughout his career, he has maintained professional affiliation with the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Transport Engineers, the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, the International Right-of-Way Association, the Transportation Research Board, the Pontiac Yacht Club and the Triangle Fraternity. He has also served as the chairman of the Triangle Building and Housing Corp. since 1991.
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