Two researchers from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) have been designated Regents Fellows by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.
Recognized for their “exemplary service to their agency and the people of Texas,” Senior Research Engineer Ginger Goodin and Executive Associate Director Bill Stockton were among the 10 people chosen from the A&M System’s agencies to be designated Regents Fellows for 2016–2017.
“I am really honored to be included with the ranks of those people named Regents Fellows since the program began in 1998,” Stockton said.
A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said the Regents Professors and Regents Fellows designees “represent the best of our great System, and higher education in Texas. They are true assets.”
Stockton serves as chief research officer for TTI and is the principal liaison to the Institute’s largest research sponsor, the Texas Department of Transportation. Much of his work includes leveraging research across disciplines and sponsors.
“Transportation is in a particular fortuitous time, undergoing a huge transformation,” Stockton says, pointing to the advent of transportation technologies including connected and autonomous vehicles. “TTI is in a great position to play a huge role in the future of transportation because of the vast experience we have in a broad range of disciplines, from communications to psychology.”
Goodin, who specializes in transportation planning, intelligent transportation systems and automated vehicles, was most recently the director of the Transportation Policy Research Center at TTI. “It’s a very humbling experience and a real honor to be named a Regents Fellow because I never considered that I was qualified for such an award,” she says. “I’ve always had a deep respect for the people of TTI and for those before me that received this designation.”
Goodin, after 30 years in the transportation field, recently announced her retirement, effective after the first of the year. She has two children that are still in school and plans to spend much of her time with them.