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Robert (Buz) Paaswell

Professor of Civil Engineering, City University of New York

Robert E. Paaswell is Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Region II University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) at City University of New York. At the UTRC, he directs research and training programs designed to improve transportation in USDOT Region II. Dr. Paaswell has also been named Director of the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems; the focus of this Institute is to examine 21st Century Infrastructure needs from the themes of new technology, institutional change and finance. Dr. Paaswell serves on the Institute of Transportation Engineers Transit Council, and served on the Transit Cooperative Research Program Board. He was an advisor to the Office of Technology Assessment study on Technology and Urban Areas. Dr. Paaswell also served as Executive Director (CEO) of the Chicago Transit Authority. He was also a charter member of the APTA R&D committee and chaired the APTA's Mission Statement and Objective task force of the Transit 2000 project. In the past, he was a Professor of Civil Engineering and Chairman of the Urban Planning Department at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he organized and directed the Center for Transportation Studies and Research. The Center was responsible for a number of studies, including a project on the transportation disadvantaged and the Buffalo Light Rail System. Subsequently he was Director of the Urban Transportation Center at the University of Illinois, where he initiated a training program in mainland China to address surface transportation issues. He has served on the Executive Board of Transportation Research Board, and he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Transit Standards Consortium. Dr. Paaswell has received the Medal for Superior Achievement from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and is a registered Professional Engineer. Professor Paaswell received a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a B.S. Columbia University, a B.S. in Civil Engineering from, Columbia University; M.S., Civil Engineering, Columbia University; Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Rutgers University.

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