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C2SMART proudly congratulates, and celebrates, Professor John Falcocchio for fifty years of service to NYU/Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Falcocchio has been professor of transportation planning and engineering since 1981.
Dr. Falcocchio has served (1995-2014) as the director of the Urban Intelligent Transportation Systems Center (UITSC), executive director of the Transportation Research Institute, and head of the Department of Civil Engineering. As director of the UITSC, and he prepared the first ITS Strategic Plan for New York City, and assisted the New York City Department of Transportation with the deployment of its first ITS projects through research, professional training, demonstration projects, and international outreach. He was the Founding Principal of Urbitran Associates, a privately owned architecture and planning company, where he was responsible for the firm’s transportation projects.
Dr Falcocchio earned his BCE from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1960, a Certificate in Traffic Engineering from the Burea of Highway Traffic, Yale University in 1964, and his PhD at the Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1972.
His transportation career has been shaped through a blend of academic and professional practical work experiences, ranging from academic teaching and research projects in transportation planning, to professional work with regional transportation agencies and local transportation planning projects with the private sector. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Transportation, New York State Department of Transportation, and New York City Department of Transportation. In the last 20 years he has concentrated on the delivery of intelligent transportation systems solutions for improving transportation system performance and travelers benefits.
The Intelligent Transportation Society of New York elected him to the Hall of Fame in 2021, “in recognition and appreciation for his outstanding advocacy of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in New York State.”
Dr. Falcocchio has been an affiliated faculty member of the C2SMART Center since its inception in 2017. He has provided crucial expertise, insight, and guidance to the Center and to the Department of Civil Engineering over the course of his tenure, where among other courses he taught Fundamental Concepts in Transportation, a cornerstone for transportation students to understand the contextual foundations of urban transportation systems and their impact on urban development patterns. He has also served as a PhD advisor, and taught courses within the transportation program.
We congratulate him on closing out this chapter and moving on to the next.