Neville A. Parker, Ph.D., P.E.

Neville ParkerNeville A. Parker is Herbert G. Kayser Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of The City University of New York, Director of the Institute for Transportation Systems of The City University of New York, Former Director of Research Careers for Minority Scholars at The City College (RCMS), and Director of the New York City Alliance for Minority Participation in Science (AMP), Director, Entrepreneurial Training and Technological Assistance Program (ETTAP), and Project Director (1996-2003), Summer Transportation Institute.

Dr. Parker received his B.E. in Civil Engineering from The City University of New York in 1965; his M.E. in Transportation Engineering from Cornell University in 1966; and his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Cornell in 1971. After receiving his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1971, Dr. Parker began his career as a Professor of Civil Engineering. His first teaching assignment was at Howard University. He remained at Howard until 1976 when he went to the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania as a Senior Fulbright Scholar. One year later, 1977, Dr. Parker was appointed Head of the Department of Civil Engineering. He remained at the University of Dar Es Salaam until 1988, when he returned to the United States to assume the position of Associate Director of the Institute for Transportation Systems and Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of New York. In 1989, he was appointed Director of the Institute, as well as Acting Principal Investigator and Director of the Transportation Research Center for Federal Region II, a post he held until September of 1990.

As Director of the CUNY Institute for Transportation Systems, Dr. Parker is responsible for leading a comprehensive multidisciplinary inter-college effort, which addresses transportation issues affecting the economic and social life of the city, state, and region. Institute activities include pure and applied research, the coordination and development of curriculum, policy analysis, urban and transportation systems analysis, modeling, forecasting, and professional training and development. Among the objectives of the Institute are to disseminate research findings and to serve as a resource to New York City and New York State agencies involved with transportation issues.

As Director of the RCMS program, Dr. Parker led a college-wide effort to increase the number of minorities entering research careers in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at the post-graduate level. As Lead Principal Investigator and Director of Alliance for Minority Participation in Science (AMP) at The City University, Dr. Parker is part of a CUNY-wide effort to increase minority participation in Science, Mathematics and Engineering degrees at all levels. The RCMS and AMP programs have substantially contributed to the national goal of increasing the number of minority graduates in Science, Mathematics and Engineering.

As Director of the Transportation Careers Pipeline Initiative Program (PIP), Region II, University Transportation Research Center, Dr. Parker leads a regional effort which targets graduate and undergraduate students from university and community colleges, professionals, sub-professionals, and 10th-12th grade high school students for its pipeline for preparing transportation professionals. Throughout his thirty two year teaching career, Dr. Parker has taught courses such as railway, port and airport engineering; construction management, route location engineering and design; project feasibility analysis; engineering systems analysis; urban systems engineering; pavement design and management.

In his current professorial appointment at The City College, Dr. Parker teaches one undergraduate and one graduate course per semester in the area of transportation infrastructure design and management. Additionally, he supervises Masters projects and Ph.D. dissertations, and is principal investigator for several major research projects on non-destructive testing of urban pavements and on use of construction and demolition debris as a substitute for aggregate in asphalt pavements.

Dr. Parker has also had a distinguished career in the international transportation arena. He is a member of various committees of the International Road Federation, and was a member of the Transportation Research Board Steering Committee for the 5th and 6th International Conference on Low Volume Roads held in 1991 and 1995, respectively. He has participated in various capacities at numerous North American, South American, Caribbean, African, and European conferences and workshops such as: Coordinator, IRF Executive Conferences on Road Management, U.S.A.; Technical Session Chairman to the World Conference on Transport Research, London; Keynote speaker, Sixth World Meeting of IRF, Stockholm.

Dr. Parker has received numerous awards. He was profiled in Transportation Research News, January-February, 2000, received the prestigious “1996 Giants In Science Award”, from the Quality Education for Minorities in Engineering network, the “1994 Black Engineer of the Year — Outstanding Educator, College Level”; from the Career Communications group, the “Outstanding Educator Award” during the 20th Anniversary Harlem Week celebration at City Hall in 1994, and the “Career Achievement Award” from the CCNY Engineering School Alumni in 1994. He is co-author of the textbook Essentials of Highway Engineering (McMillan, 1988).

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