Carl S. Selinger


Carl Selinger helps aviation and transportation organizations with business strategy and applying new technologies.  Carl gives professional development seminars – including his unique “Stuff You Don’t Learn in Engineering School – to teach non-technical soft skills that are important to be more effective in the real world.  He is a globally-published author whose book and articles on professional and career development appear widely.


Selinger's forty-year career spans aviation, transportation planning and strategic business planning, mainly during his 31-year career with The Port Authority of NY & NJ.  Leaving as Manager, Aviation Business Development, Carl developed business, concessions and technology initiatives to improve services and increase revenues at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports, one of the world's largest airport systems.  His motto: "Ideas are always welcomed!"  Carl managed programs at the Port Authority that returned over $20 million in annual revenues, including: airport advertising; prepaid phonecards; CNN Airport Network; public Internet stations; car rentals; interactive multimedia payphones; developed preconditioned air systems at aircraft gates; 5,000 payphones at all PA facilities; marketed Pan Am's $500 million major aircraft maintenance base at JFK; planned the 30-year-old Express Bus Lane on the I-495 Lincoln Tunnel approach; Manhattan Staggered Work Hours Program; authored the Port Authority's first "Strategic Plan"; and guided the start-up of the Air Brook shuttle between Ridgewood (NJ) and EWR.   


Carl is a frequent guest speaker, and facilitates strategic planning sessions, focus groups and "Synectics" brainstorming sessions.  His professional development seminar, "Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School," has helped several thousands of engineers and other professionals around the world in the U.S., Canada, China and Scotland, over the past two decades to learn non-technical soft skills.  These soft skills include decision-making, setting priorities and managing time, negotiating, teamwork, running meetings, and writing, speaking & listening better -- to be more effective and happier persons.  Articles on these themes have appeared in IEEE Spectrum magazine, where he is a Contributing Editor.  Carl’s book Stuff you Don’t Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World has been published by Wiley-IEEE Press, and has been translated into Chinese and published in China.  Read the first pages of the book.


Carl has extensive college teaching experience: Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at The Cooper Union teaching urban transportation planning for over 35 years.  He has taught graduate-level aviation and transportation planning courses at SUNY Maritime College, Pace University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and City University of New York (York College and City College).  He is a faculty advisor to Cooper Union's chapter of Tau Beta Pi (the national engineering honorary society), which elected him "Eminent Engineer".  Carl is a Past President of the Cooper Union Alumni Association, and was Cooper Union’s "1993 Alumnus of the Year."



Carl holds civil and transportation engineering degrees from Cooper Union, Yale University, and Polytechnic University.  He is active professionally: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE); and Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS).  In WTS he has mentored young professionals for ten years, and the Greater NY Chapter honored him as "1998 Member of the Year."  He is an Honorary Member of the Sperry Transportation Award. 






9 Aldon Terrace, Bloomfield, NJ  07003               Phone: 973-953-0937                                  


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July 2011

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