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A collage of Jim Cline, Dr. Brianne Glover and Dr. Phil Lasley.
Jim Cline, Dr. Brianne Glover, Dr. Phil Lasley and Dr. Troy Jackson (unpictured) are instructors in the Master of Engineering in Engineering for Transportation Professionals program in the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering at Texas A&M University. | Image: Courtesy of Jim Cline, Dr. Brianne Glover and Dr. Phil Lasley.
The Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering welcomes Jim Cline, Brianne Glover, Dr. Phil Lasley and Dr. Troy Jackson as new instructors in the Master of Engineering in Engineering for Transportation Professionals program.
Jim Cline ’84 ’86 is a senior research engineer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). A former member of the Corps of Cadets as a student at Texas A&M University, Cline was commissioned as an engineer officer in the Texas Army National Guard. Before joining TTI, he worked in consulting, municipal transportation, public works and transit. He is a professional engineer and a certified floodplain manager. He received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M.
His favorite course to teach is MTDE 661: Transportation Organizational Management, allowing him to share his lessons in various leadership roles. "I hope to see students avoid some of the problems I've faced and build on the positive experiences I've had,” he said.
Cline especially encourages engineering students not to fear leadership roles. "It is daunting at times, but the rewards are great, and you can be much more effective at serving the public," he said. "The world does not have enough people, particularly engineers, who will assume these leadership positions and apply logical, reasoned decision-making in an often chaotic world."
Dr. Brianne Glover is a research scientist and program manager of the Infrastructure Investment Analysis Program at TTI. She has a bachelor's degree in industrial design and development from Sam Houston State University. After working in civil engineering for several years, she received her juris doctor degree from Texas Southern University and is a member of the State Bar of Texas.
"There's always something different to learn about transportation and the economy; the trends and policy are constantly evolving," Glover says. "No two research projects are alike. Even when we revisit a topic several years later, the priorities may have shifted, the technology may have evolved, and the transportation users may have different needs."
Dr. Phil Lasley '11 '17 is an assistant program manager, mobility analysis and research scientist at TTI who also lectures in the College of Engineering. His areas of expertise include mobility analysis, bicycle and pedestrian issues, data visualization, freight fluidity and supply chain management, to name a few. He received his master's degree in urban planning and doctoral degree in urban and regional sciences from Texas A&M.
Lasley, who greatly enjoys collaborating with his colleagues at TTI, is passionate about their transportation work.
"I love getting to be on the cutting edge of research and work on different projects all the time," he says. "I love learning new things and developing new ways to look at the world. I love the idea of impacting transportation policy at a national level that enables families to spend more time together or our economy to grow more efficiently."
Dr. Troy Jackson is the director of the Transportation Safety Institute in the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). He has 20 years of USDOT experience, including managing transportation safety leadership, highway traffic and aviation safety. He has also worked as a senior air safety investigator and a course instructor.
Before beginning his career in transportation, Jackson served 13 years in the United States Air Force. He has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma, a graduate certificate in instructional technology from Indiana University Bloomington and a doctorate from Grand Canyon University.