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Thomas Abdallah

Lecturer; Deputy Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer, MTA New York City Transit

Thomas Abdallah, P.E. LEED AP, is the Deputy Vice President and Chief Environmental Engineer for the MTA New York City Transit. He is a Professional Engineer, a LEED® Accredited Professional, and has been with MTA since 1987. Thomas has extensive experience including sustainable design, energy efficiency, noise and vibration, pollution prevention, waste management, and is directly responsible for New York City Transit’s certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. He is also in charge of several LEED® projects including the Corona Maintenance Shop, the first U.S. transportation facility to gain certification, and the Gold Certified Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot. Thomas has presented all over the country on sustainability issues through organizations such as the Transportation Research Board, American Public Transportation Administration, the New York Academy of Sciences, and Greenbuild. He has appeared on the Sundance Channel, Discovery’s Science Channel, PBS, NPR and has appeared in a short film documentary “Postcards from the Future” about Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the MTA.​


  • B.S., Rutgers University


  • Sustainable Mass Transit: Challenges and Opportunities in Urban Public Transportation (Elsevier, 2017)