As Deputy Commissioner of Bridges and Chief Bridge Officer, Robert Collyer oversees all aspects of design, construction, rehabilitation and reconstruction, maintenance, operation and administration of 789 bridges and tunnels under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Transportation. He is responsible for formulating policy and providing executive and administrative direction for the Division of Bridges. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the States of New York and New Jersey.
Upon graduation from college, Mr. Collyer was commissioned in the U.S Navy where he worked as the Repair Officer/Damage Control Assistant in the Engineering Department of the USS Butte (AE-27). During his tenure in the ship he became a qualified Surface Warfare Officer, qualified to operate the engineering plant and took the ship through a major overhaul. Upon release from active duty he continued his career in the Naval Reserve advancing to the rank of Commander before retiring with 28 years of service.
In parallel with his naval service, Mr. Collyer worked first in the Engineering Department of a large utility company followed by a 24 year stint in the Consulting Engineering sector in various design and construction roles.
In 2007, Mr. Collyer joined NYC DOT, was appointed Deputy Chief Engineer for Bureau of Roadway Bridges in 2010, and was named Deputy Commissioner/Director of Moveable Bridges in 2014.