Environmental Professionals Radio (EPR)

All Things Mass Transit, Pandemic Lessons, and Career Advice & Experiences with Thomas Abdallah

November 17, 2023 Thomas Abdallah Episode 144
Environmental Professionals Radio (EPR)
All Things Mass Transit, Pandemic Lessons, and Career Advice & Experiences with Thomas Abdallah
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Welcome back to Environmental Professionals Radio, Connecting the Environmental Professionals Community Through Conversation, with your hosts Laura Thorne and Nic Frederick! 

On today’s episode, we talk with Thomas Abdallah, Assistant Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer for the MTA’s Construction and Development (MTA C&D) agency about All Things Mass Transit, Pandemic Lessons, and Career Advice & Experiences.   Read his full bio below.

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Showtimes: 
4:39  Nic & Laura discuss useless knowledge of planes
9:39   Interview with Thomas Abdallah starts
9:51  All things mass transit
25:55  Pandemic lessons
39:12  Career advice & experiences

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Connect with Thomas Abdallah at https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-abdallah-p-e-leed-ap-77b59718/

Guest Bio:
Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, ENV SP is the Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer for the MTA’s Construction and Development (MTA C&D) agency. Thomas holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University. He is responsible to provide expert environmental engineering services for all MTA capital projects, and ensures that all design and construction projects meet environmental requirements including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the NY State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). He is also a fierce champion of environmental sustainability issues and is responsible for MTA C&D’s certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS).

Thomas is also an Adjunct Professor in Columbia University’s Sustainability Management (SUMA) graduate program in the School of Professional Studies, and the Transportation curriculum lead at the Charles B. Rangel Infrastructure Workforce Initiative at the City College of New York CUNY. He is the proud author of the book(s) Sustainable Mass Transit: Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Public Transportation (1st Edition 2017 & 2nd Edition 2023 Elsevier) and has appeared in an episode of History Channel’s Modern Marvels – Moving America.

Music Credits
Intro: Givin Me Eyes by Grace Mesa
Outro: Never Ending Soul Groove by Mattijs Muller

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Nic & Laura discuss useless knowledge of planes
Interview with Thomas Abdallah starts
All things mass transit
Pandemic lessons
Career advice & experiences