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Albert Bleakley, Ph.D. - Florida Tech. Melbourne, FL, US

Albert Bleakley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Mechanical and Civil Engineering | Florida Tech


Dr. Bleakley's research interests include disaster response, leadership in engineering organizations and construction safety.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Construction Safety

Construction Industry Organizations

Construction Contracting

Infrastructure Public Policy


International Construction

Construction Management

Disaster Response

Construction Materials


Albert Bleakley joined Florida Tech in 2009. Prior to coming to Melbourne, he served 29 years as an Army engineer officer. His final assignment was Deputy Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi Valley Division, a 4,500-person organization with an annual program of over $1 billion in flood control, navigation, and water resource management in 12 states.

Dr. Bleakley also served in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Germany and multiple U.S. locations. He deployed to the first and second Gulf Wars, Somalia and Bosnia, leading facilities construction and management organizations. He was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries suffered in a car bombing of his office in Saudi Arabia.

He previously taught civil engineering at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY.

His areas of expertise include leadership in engineering organizations, international construction, infrastructure public policy, construction management, construction contracting, and recycled materials for highway construction.

Media Assets




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Media Appearances (4)

Majoring in Construction Gets More Popular

U.S. News & World Report  print


College students can study anything from accounting to zoology, but there's one discipline that's becoming especially popular. Construction trades had the largest percentage increase in enrollment at four-year institutions between spring 2016 and spring 2017 – 26.4 percent – according to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

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40 years later, many still recall deadly Cocoa Beach construction accident

Florida Today  print


March 27, 1981 was a beautiful, sunny Friday afternoon in Cocoa Beach. But it was also one of the darkest days in the city's history. Workers were pouring concrete for the roof slab of a new five-story condominium, Harbour Cay, when the structure pancaked to the ground, killing 11 and injuring 23 more.

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Surfside, Florida, building collapse

Fox News  tv


Dr. Bleakley featured in a Fox News article on the shocking collapse of the Surfside condo building in South Florida.

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Bottom-up failure offers clues to cause

Washington Post  print


A Washington Post examination of video and other images from the deadly collapse of a high-rise condominium building outside Miami — along with interviews with structural engineers, a key witness and an investigator — deepens questions about whether existing damage to a deck in the pool area contributed to the disaster.

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Education (3)

Florida Institute of Technology: Ph.D., Civil Engineering 2012

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: M.S., Civil Engineer 1985

US Military Academy West Point: B.S., Engineering Mechanics & Literature 1979


Selected Articles (5)

Improving design phase evaluations for high pile rebound sites : final report

Florida Dept. of Transportation Research Center


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Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement-Sand Blends Stabilized with Asphalt Emulsion and Portland Cement

Transportation Research Board 95th Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board


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Statewide Variability of Florida’s Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement

Transportation Research Board 94th Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board


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Improving Strength and Creep of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement Base Course Blends with Combinations of Chemical Stabilizers

Transportation Research Board 94th Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board


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Ground tire rubber as a stabilizer for subgrade soils.

Florida Dept. of Transportation Research Center


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Languages (3)

  • French
  • Arabic
  • German

Accomplishments (1)

Federal Engineer of the Year (professional)

2005 US Army Corps of Engineers