Areas of Expertise (9)
Construction Industry Organizations
Infrastructure Public Policy
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 reportFlorida Dept. of Transportation Research Center
Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement-Sand Blends Stabilized with Asphalt Emulsion and Portland CementTransportation Research Board 95th Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board
Statewide Variability of Florida’s Reclaimed Asphalt PavementTransportation Research Board 94th Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board
Improving Strength and Creep of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement Base Course Blends with Combinations of Chemical StabilizersTransportation Research Board 94th Annual MeetingTransportation Research Board
Ground tire rubber as a stabilizer for subgrade soils.Florida Dept. of Transportation Research Center
Federal Engineer of the Year (professional)
2005 US Army Corps of Engineers