Dr. Michael Bienvenu
Michael Bienvenu, PhD, PE, joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in early 2012 as the Karl Watson, Jr. Professor of Practice in Concrete Pavement Sustainability. His role is a public/private partnership between the university and the Florida Concrete & Products Association.
Dr. Bienvenu’s current research addresses the design and analysis of ultra-high performance concrete overlays for pavements, the impacts of concrete pavement construction on the local and state economies in Florida, and the safety and social sustainability of concrete pavements compared to flexible pavements. Examples of his work have been published by the Transportation Research Board.
Dr. Bienvenu did his undergraduate studies at the University of Louisiana–Lafayette before earning his M.C.E. and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. As a student, he was lauded with the Professional Engineer Award by the USL Dept. of Civil Engineering in 1991 and held the Dwight D. Eisenhower Graduate Research Fellowship, bestowed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 1993.
Dr. Bienvenu went on to work extensively in transportation, in both the government and private sectors, for over a decade before returning full-time to academia. Over the course of his career, Dr. Bienvenu served in several capacities for the Florida Department of Transportation, who named him Male Role Model of the Year in 2008, and held an executive leadership position for a construction services company from 2010 to 2012.
In addition to his many achievements in Civil Engineering, Dr. Bienvenu graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctorate in Law from North Carolina Central University in 2000 and has practiced law in the state of North Carolina.