Robert E. Paaswell
Dr. Robert Paaswell , Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York serves as Director of the federally supported University Transportation Research Center (UTRC). A consortium of 12 major U.S. Academic Institutions, UTRC asserts a significant role in the region and nationally, conducting research and projects on surface transportation, carrying out training and educational programs and actively disseminating the results of its work. It is one of the few such Centers in the U.S. with a concentration in Public Transportation operations, policy and management. Paaswell is also the founding Director of the City University Institute for Urban Systems, a major University -wide initiative to examine the intersection of new technology, changing institutional structure and innovative finance on the provision of infrastructure in the 21 st Century. Previously he served as Executive Director (CEO) of the Chicago Transit Authority, the nation’s 2 nd largest transit company.
Paaswell is extremely active in Public Transportation Issues and consulting. He has reported on governance structures for U.S. Transit organizations, Public -Private issues in New York and Chicago, Labor Union/Management issues. Most recently he served as an advisor to the Israeli government concerning restructuring of their bus companies, and issues of competition. He recently served as Chairman of the Board of the Transit Standards Consortium - a new professional group addressing the problems of integration of high technology into public transit systems. He is a Fellow of ASCE and Chair of their Committee on Peer Review of Public Agencies. He is an appointed member of the Governor’s (NY) Commission on Higher Education and an appointed member of the NY MTA Blue Ribbon Panels on Workforce Development and Construction Excellence.
Paaswell is active in Academic Governance and program development and serves on the Boards of many CUNY units.