DorobekInsider: Learning more about Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradham

Wednesday - 7/15/2009, 7:20pm EDT

I haven’t been able to get any “official” details from the Transportation Department on the newly DOT CIO Nitin Pradham, but… they have posted his bio on the DOT CIO Web site.

PradhanMr. Nitin Pradhan was sworn in on July 6th, 2009 as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the US Department of Transportation (DOT). In his role of CIO, Mr. Pradhan provides information technology vision, strategy, planning and oversight for DOT’s information technology budget. He is also the chief advisor to Secretary Ray LaHood in matters relating to information technology.

Nitin Pradhan is a business strategist, technology expert, coalition builder and change agent with over twenty years of experience including eleven years atCXO level in government, startups, non-profits and private industry. Mr. Pradhan is a strong proponent of building public- private partnerships.

Prior to joining DOT, Mr. Nitin Pradhan was the Chief IT Architect and the Director of the Office of Technology Planning and Assessment and part of the executive leadership of the IT department at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the 12th largest school district in the USA. The FCPS IT department has been ranked in CIO Magazine’s top 100 IT organizations, as well as ComputerWorld’s 100 best places to work in the nation.

Prior to joining FCPS, Mr. Pradhan was the Managing Director of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), where his targeted focus was on mentoring and growing technologystartups and 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 theKogod College of Business at The American University, in Washington DC. He lives with his wife, son and daughter in Northern Virginia.

I also managed to find background about his from LinkedIn — in fact, his LinkedIn profile.

No word from DOT public affairs, however.