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May 11, 2007


Event Honors Professor Paaswell’s 70th Birthday

NEW YORK, May 11, 2007 – The City College of New York will host a symposium on “The Future of Urban Transportation” 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, in Aronow Theatre in the North Academic Center building. The event celebrates the ongoing contributions of Distinguished Professor Robert E. Paaswell to transportation research, education and practice on the occasion of his 70th Birthday.

Some of the leading scholars and practitioners in the transportation field will gather for a discussion of the forces shaping the future of urban transportation and present strategies for managing transportation systems to address these changes. The symposium is co-sponsored by the CUNY Office of the Chancellor, the City College Offices of the President and the Provost and Department of Civil Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University Transportation Research Center for Region 2.

Jay Walder, a Partner in the London office of McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm, will deliver the keynote address. Mr. Walder, who is a leading expert on public financing of large-scale infrastructure projects, served as Managing Director, Finance and Planning, at Transport for London before joining McKinsey. He also is a former Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and was a Professor in Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Two other sessions will present panels comprised of academicians and representative from industry and government:

  • “Confronting Urban Transportation Challenges:” Dr. Martin Wachs, Director, Transportation, Space and Technology Program, RAND Corp.; Dr. Michael Meyer, Director of the Georgia Transportation Institute and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Technology, University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning and Development; Dr. Wilfred Recker, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Irvine, and Dr. John Falcocchio, Director of the Urban ITS Center, Polytechnic University, moderator.
  • “Managing the Transportation Systems of the Future:” Dr. Isaac K. Takyi, Senior Director of Technology and Information Services, New York City Transportation Authority; William W. Millar, President, American Public Transportation Association; Cheri Heramb, Commission of Transportation, City of Chicago, and Dr. Allison L. C. de Cerreño, Research Assistant Professor and Director of the Rudin Center, New York University, moderator.

The event is free, but advance registration is required. More information about the event and registration information are available online at www.utrc2.org.

Professor Paaswell is Director of the University Transportation Research Center for Region 2, a consortium of 12 academic institutions that conducts research, training and education programs in surface transportation, with a concentration in Public Transportation operations, policy and management. In addition, he is Director of the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems, which examines the intersection of new technology, changing institutional structure and innovative finance on provision of infrastructure in the 21st Century.

Professor Paaswell taught previously at University of Illinois (1982 – 1986) and SUNY Buffalo (1964 – 1982) and served as Executive Director of the Chicago Transportation Authority from 1986 to 1989. He holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

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