New Jersey Department of Transportation
Richard T. Hammer
Management; Project Management; Capital Program Support; Highway and Traffic Design; Bridge Engineering and Infrastructure Management; and Construction Services and Materials.
Richard T. Hammer was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate as Commissioner on August 1, 2016. He was appointed Acting Commissioner on October 30, 2015.
Prior to his appointment, Rick led the Department's Capital Program Management (CPM) organization as Assistant Commissioner since March of 2006. In this capacity, he was responsible for delivering the annual Capital Program, as well as managing a workforce of about 1,100 employees throughout six Divisions - Right of Way and Access
Rick began his career with the Department in May of 1982 upon graduation from Rutgers University, College of Engineering, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. His lengthy career includes 14 years with the Bureau of Structural Evaluation in the former Division of Bridge Design, and 10 years in the Division of Project Management where he served as a Program Manager overseeing major statewide bridge projects and ultimately as Division Director. Under his leadership as Assistant Commissioner, the Department delivered record-breaking capital programs each fiscal year.
With a focus on creating a solution-oriented environment, Rick implemented a comprehensive restructuring of CPM to address a decreasing workforce and to better utilize the expertise and creativity of staff. Emphasizing purpose and need, with a “smart solutions” philosophy, his goal was to achieve an efficient project delivery system that maximizes the construction value of every transportation dollar. Towards this end, New Jersey has been recognized as a national leader in value-engineered savings.
Rick has received during his career numerous accolades from both the engineering and construction industries, most notably being named New Jersey ASCE “Government Engineer of the Year” in 2007 by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
More recently, in February 2016 he received the Government Service Award from the Professional Engineers Society of Mercer County. In July 2016, he was named one of the 50 most influential professionals in South Jersey by "South Jersey Biz," a regional business-to-business publication.