Nathan Cherniack was the 13th President of ITE. He attended College of the City of New York for two years and
graduated from MIT in 1922 with a B.S. in Engineering Administration. He later received an MBA from New York's University in 1936.
Cherniack's entire professional career was on the staff of the Port of
New York Authority, most of the time as a transportation economist. Early in his career Mr. Cherniack was a pioneer in conducting
origin and destination surveys. This data was then applied to determine the economic feasibility
of toll facilities. These studies were made as early as 1924 and resulted in two Port
Authority bridges being opened to traffic in 1928.
Cherniack also did O/D surveys for the George Washington Bridge and the
Bayonne Bridge facilities which opened in 1931.
He also did economic feasibility studies while "on
loan" from the Port Authority to the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel
Authority for some of their new facilities.
In the 1930s he did original research in the field of traffic
patterns and their use to estimate traffic volumes.
Shortly after the war he wrote significant papers attesting to
the need to incorporate parking structures with new development.
was also a lecturer for many years at the Yale and Harvard University
Bureau of Highway Traffic, Columbia University and Rutgers.
He served actively as a member in the American Society of Civil
Engineers, American Statistical Association and was President of the the
Society of Terminal Engineers.
received in 1960 the Howard S. Cullman Distinguished Service Medal from
the Port Authority, only the second recipient of this medal.
The citation indicated that the award was given for "his
wisdom and integrity and untiring efforts."
the time of his retirement in February, 1968 from the Port Authority,
Mr. Cherniack had worked over 44 years with the bi-state agency.