Associate Director, Rudin Center for Transportation • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Urban Planning, New York University
2019 Speaker

New York City

Sarah Kaufman is the associate director of the Rudin Center for Transportation at New York University’s Wagner School, where she researches, advocates for and educates about cutting-edge technologies in transportation. She is also an adjunct professor of planning, teaching Intelligent Cities and Advanced Projects in Urban Planning.

Kaufman leads several projects related to improving transportation through technology: Intelligent Paratransit, to rethink how we transport seniors and the disabled; Emerging Leaders in Transportation Fellowship, a program to enhance innovation at all levels of transportation planning and policymaking; and Job Access, a comparative study of how livelihoods are affected by level of access to mass transit in New York City.

She has been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NBC Nightly News, CityLab and Urban Omnibus for her work on gender and biking, job access and intelligent transportation.

Kaufman joined NYU Wagner after nearly five years at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she led the open data program, created a conference and online exchange between the MTA and software developers, and assisted in developing the agency's social media program.

She earned a Master of Urban Planning from NYU Wagner in 2005, specializing in infrastructure, transportation and telecommunications, and wrote an award-winning thesis designing a bus arrival time signage system. Kaufman earned her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in science writing and concentrating in computer science. She is a font of useless NYC transit trivia.