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Congratulations to NYU CUSP Professor Cordell Schachter, who was named to Government Technology News Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers! Prof. Schachter was honored for his work as the NYC Department of Transportation Chief Technology Officer. 

Cordell Schachter has been the New York City Department of Transportation’s chief technology officer since 2008, a feat he attributes to being “professionally ambidextrous.”

“I’m very focused on our team, our customer service, our technical support organization, which scores well over 95 percent customer satisfaction,” Schachter said. “We also have an eye on the future for innovation for what we need to do tomorrow to be relevant, to be helpful and add value for our taxpayers.”

One of those projects is a GIS-oriented sign management system, in collaboration with a business partner. DOT manages more than a million signs in New York City, many of them historical. “The new system allows our staff to interact on any kind of device, ideally a tablet, where they can touch the map where they need to inquire what current regulations for signs are and get a work order at that location.”

As CTO, Schachter leads DOT’s IT and telecom wing and department projects that seek to innovate safety, mobility, smart and accessible infrastructure, software development, mapping, communications, public data, and customer support. IT and telecom also support New York City’s Vision Zero program, a model for reducing traffic fatalities and serious injuries.