Nitin Pradhan

Chief Advisor to Secretary Ray LaHood at United States Department of Transportation

Nitin Pradhan

Nitin Pradhan

Chief Advisor to Secretary Ray LaHood at United States Department of Transportation


Mr. Nitin Pradhan was sworn in on July 6th, 2009, as the Departmental Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the US Department of Transportation (DOT) as part of the Obama administration. He is the chief advisor to Secretary Ray LaHood relating to information technology. In his role as the Departmental CIO, Mr. Pradhan provides information technology vision, strategy, planning, policy and oversight for DOT’s more than $3.0 billion IT portfolio.

Nitin is a business strategist, technology expert, coalition builder and change agent with more than 20 years of experience, including 11 years at the CXO level in government, startups, non-profits and private industry. Nitin’s expertise is in targeting new opportunities to utilize technology as a solution; advising operational managers in launching and promoting knowledge-centric products and services; and defining fundamental organizational transformation integrating entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology, as well as institutional and partner knowledge. His current focus is on Enterprise 2.0-based communications, collaboration and community building, and information assurance, security and privacy. Nitin is also a strong proponent of building public-private partnerships.

In 2011, the International Computer World Magazine named Pradhan to Premier 100 list where he joined an elite group of top US IT executives. The Premier 100 was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have made a positive impact on their organization through their work in technology. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to receive this life time recognition award. Earlier, in 2009 and 2011, at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pradhan earned the prestigious national InformationWeek's The Government CIO 50: Driving Change In The Public Sector national award for bringing a business person's point of view to management of the DOT's IT strategy, policy, and implementation. Under Pradhan’s leadership, US Department of Transportation IT has also earned two InformationWeek 500 IT Innovators Awards including one for an Open Government initiative and the other for FAA's NextGen and the White House Open Government Leading Practices Awards designation in two of the four award categories, including "Leadership, Governance, Culture Change" and "Flagship Initiative."

Prior to joining DOT, Nitin was an IT Executive at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the 12th largest school district in USA. FCPS’ IT department has been ranked in the CIO Magazine’s Top 100 IT Organizations and Computer World’s 100 Best Places to Work in the nation.

Prior to joining FCPS, Nitin was the Managing Director of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), where his targeted focus was on mentoring and growing technology startups, as well as building research and innovation capabilities and capacity. He has also been the co-founder and interim CEO of a wireless startup.

Mr. Pradhan’s educational qualifications include a BS degree in engineering and an MBA in marketing from India, as well as an MS in accounting from the Kogod College of Business at The American University, in Washington DC. He lives with his wife, son and daughter in Northern Virginia.

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CIO at United States Department of Transportation

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Associate General Counsel at United States Department of Transportation

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Acting Chief at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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Director, Office of the Senior Procurement Executive, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration at United States Department of Transportation

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Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary at United States Department of Transportation

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Vice President, Health & Social Development Program at American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences

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Deputy Attorney General at United States Department of Justice

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Director of Office of Positioning, Navigation & Timing & Spectrum Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology at United States Department of Transportation

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Director of Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology at United States Department of Transportation

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Chief Advisor to Secretary Ray LaHood at United States Department of Transportation
Master of Business Administration in Marketing

Savitribai Phule Pune University, one of the premier universities in India, is positioned in the North-western part of Pune city. It occupies an area of about 411 acres. It was established on 10th February, 1949 under the Poona University Act. The university houses 46 academic departments. It is popularly known as the 'Oxford of the East'. It has about 307 recognized research institutes and 612 affiliated colleges offering graduate and under-graduate courses. The university attracts many foreign students due to its excellent facilities. It offers good accommodation facility. There is a provision of hostel for the students. There is a well-stocked library containing plenty of books regarding various subjects. The university offers different scholarships to the students. The university conducts seminars and conferences for the students.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Master of Science in Accounting

Kogod School of Business, commonly referred to as Kogod, serves as the undergraduate and graduate business school at American University in Northwest Washington, DC. Kogod is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Kogod offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Founded in 1955 as the School of Business Administration, the School was housed in the McKinley Building.

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Managing Director

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) creates technology-based economic development strategies to accelerate innovation, imagination and the next generation of technology and technology companies. Created in 1985, CIT, a non-profit corporation, plugs gaps at the earliest stages of the Innovation Continuum – commercialization and seed funding – as it helps entrepreneurs launch and grow high-growth technology companies and create high-paying jobs for the future. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. Lastly, CIT builds the infrastructure for new innovation economies with expert broadband strategies.

Chief Advisor to Secretary Ray LaHood

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a federal Cabinet department of the U.S. government concerned with transportation. It was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, and began operation on April 1, 1967. It is governed by the United States Secretary of Transportation. Its mission is to "Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future."

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The CIO Council, Originally established by Executive Order 13011 (Federal Information Technology) and later codified by the E-Government Act of 2002, is the principal interagency forum for improving agency practices related to the design, acquisition, development, modernization, use, sharing, and performance of Federal information resources.

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Computerworld - Premier 100 IT Leaders
Computerworld - Premier 100 IT Leaders
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