Meet the Staff of CTTR



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CTTR Director

Dr. Carol A. Lewis 

Carol A. Lewis is an Associate Professor in Transportation Studies,  Director of the Center for Transportation Training and Research and an Associate Professor in Transportation Studies at Texas Southern University. She is responsible for educating students in fundamentals of transportation and urban transportation issues, as well as conducting operational and policy related transportation research.  Since 1992, she has conducted research for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) regarding Regionalizing Public Transit, Smart Growth, Land Use and Development, Strategic Planning, and Land Value Effects of Elevated and Depressed Freeways,   Lewis was the research supervisor for the Federal Highway Adminstration's (FHWA) Noise Compatible Land Use Brochure and workshop series on this topic.  She has completed work including research titles, Optimizing Route Specific Marketing to Increase Public Transit Ridership, Land Value Assessment of Bus Transit Facilities, and Criteria for Transit-Friendly Decision Making.  Her funded research also includes corridor feasibility studies for major Houston area freeway corridors, analysis of options to better manage freeway lanes and an assessment of the external influences on transit-oriented devlopment.  In March 2008, Lewis was asked to serve as lead investigator for Texas Southern University's designation by the Department of Homeland Security as a Petrochemical Transportation Security Center of Excellence.  She also leads TSU's team in the Center of Excellence for Natural Disasters with Louisiana State University and University of North Carolina.  Prior to joining Texas Southern University, Lewis spent 15 years as Manager and Director of Planning at the Metropolitan Transit Authoirty of Harris County.  During that time, Lewis developed the citizen participation programs and bus routing scenarios.  She was also responsible for systemwide bus routing plans and METRO capital projects including Park & Rides, transit centers, and rail planning.  Lewis belongs to a number of professional organizations including the Transportation Technical Advisory Committee of the local Metropolitan Planning Organization (HGAC) and the Red Cross Transportation Advisory Committee.  In 2004, Houston's Mayor Bill White appointed her to the Office of Mobility, an advisory function of the Mayor's Office and as Chair of the City's Planning Commission.  At the suggestion of Mayor White, she was appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Emergency Evacuation following the 2005 hurricane season.  Lewis served two years on the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority as an appointee of, then, Houston Mayor Lee Brown and six years as the National Academic Advisor for the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.  Lewis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston in Political Science and M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Iowa. 

Selected Publications:  Lewis, Carol A.  Laura Haggins, Judy Perkins, Benjamin Zhan. (2008). Regional Public Transportation Solutions for Intercity Commute Traffic Texas Department of Transportation 0-5345-3.

Moeng, Thabo and Carol A. Lewis (December 2005).  An Assessment of Criteria Used for Transit Friendly Decision-Making.  Southwest Region University Transportation Center, SWUTC/05/167322-1.

Davis Tammye and Carol A. Lewis. (May 2004).  An Examination of Successful Mixed Use in TOD, Southwest Region University Transportation Center, SWUTC/05/473700-00046-1.

Lewis, Carol A. (2003) Transit-Oriented Development Worshop:  Synthesis, Southwest Region University Transportation Center, SWUTC/04/47300-00044-1.

Virginia D. Goodin, Tina S. Collier, Katie N.Womack, Pamela S. Green, Phillip R. Reeder, Carol A. Lewis and Chris Swenson (2004) Case Study Analysis of Mid-Size Urban/Rural Area Toll Road Options - Year 1 Report, "Implementation Report 5-4055-01004, Texas Department of Transportation.

Carol A. Lewis and Sharon Moses (October 2003).  Social and Legal Perspective of a Sensor for Remote Detection of Alcohol Vaports, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, ATP-003656-0100-1999.



CTTR Transportation Chair


Dr Qi 

Dr. Yi Qi is well respected for her contributions to traffic safety modeling, and has performed a number of cutting-edge researches in the areas of incident management and crash prevention, transportation system modeling, system performance measures, and GPS and GIS in transportation. Dr. Qi has served as the Principles Investigator (PI) or CO-PI for many research projects sponsored by Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and South West University Center (SWUTC), etc. In her traffic safety research, Dr. Qi has developed an innovative regression model for accident probability prediction, which can be integrated with the GIS to display the accident pattern of a roadway network system under various traffic and weather conditions.  Her research work on traffic safety analysis and transportation modeling has results more than 20 research papers in prestigious transportation engineering journals and she has been invited to write a chapter for a book published by Elsevier, a well respected publisher, on the topic of developing an incident delay model for the evaluation of incident management strategies. Dr. Qi is now an assistant professor and director of Center for Driver Behavior at the Texas Southern University (TSU). She teaches course of GIS application in transportation and quantitative analysis in transportation for graduated students. Currently, she is also serving as member for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection (ABE40) Committee and Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Computing Applications (ABJ70) committee.




CTTR Associate Director

Mr. Godazi

Khosro Godazi, Associate Director of the Center for Transportation Training and Research and Director of National Summer Transportation Institute. He holds a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering Technology and a M.S. in City Planning. Godazi has extensive experience in transportation research and in the conduct and analysis of transportation related surveys. Godazi directed the compilation of the Third Ward Street inventory which was later used to identify projects for the City's Capital Improvement Program and METRO's street projects. He conducted a survey of junior colleges to determine the validity and reliability of course programs offered. The project included development of the survey instrument, coding, and interpretation of results. Godazi was project manager on the on-board bus survey for Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority (Austin). He managed a vanpool demonstration project funded by the Federal Transit Administration. He also examined the impact of alternative fuels on school buses for Texas and evaluated the integration of Light Rail into a traditional bus city. Godazi instructs students in various Transportation Software and Quantitative Statistics. He also manages the FHWA database for the National Summer Transportation Institute.  For the past nine years, Godazi has directed the Summer Transportation Institute for high school students holding 3-4 week sessions in Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur and Texas City.

 NTSCOE-P Director 


Sharon Adams 

Sharon Adams serves as the Project Coordinator for the Center for Transportation Training and Research. Her professional expertise is in transportation planning software such as QRS II, TransCad, and GIS and has extensively studied traffic simulation models for supporting Intelligent Transportation Systems development. Boxill is also proficient in gathering data from various sources and using the synthesis to determine trends, methodologies and future strategies. These specific projects involved the following data synthesis:

  • An evaluation of traffic simulation models for ITS development.
  • An examination of online community networks for local implementation
  • Conducted a national survey to examine the state of the practice of GIS-T
  • Researching the current use of 3-D traffic simulation usage across the nation

Ms. Adams's primary role is Technology Transfer, which includes:

  • Conference coordination,
  • Documentation; development, editing and publication of all CTTR generated reports and print materials using such software as Microsoft Office, PageMaker, Corel Draw, and many others.

Mrs. Adams' research interests include traffic simulation modeling, Geographic Information Systems/Geographic Positioning Systems (GIS/GPS). Prior to working for Texas Southern University, she held a supervisory position in industry.


Image Gwen Goodwin

Gwendolyn C. Goodwin is a Research Associate with the Texas Southern University’s Center for Transportation Training and Research (CTTR). Goodwin is responsible for conducting research, developing and implementing surveys, preparing publications and transferring findings into the public domain. Goodwin also coordinates public involvement, meeting logistics, and media activities for Center projects. She has over 19 years experience in project management and policy planning. Goodwin holds a Masters of Science in Community and Regional Planning and a Bachelors of Art in English from the University of Texas.

Gwen’s experience includes long range planning at the Cities of Austin and Houston where she coordinated neighborhood strategic plans. At the U.S. Census Bureau, Goodwin developed public awareness campaigns for the greater Houston area. 


    • University of Texas at Austin
      Master of Science - Community and Regional Planning
      Bachelor of Arts - English - Minor: Government

Research Interests:

    • Project Management and Policy Planning
    • Transit Plan
    • Noise & Land Use Compatibility



Image Grace Arthur   GRACE ARTHUR, a Ghanaian by birth, graduated from the University of Education, Ghana, with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Management) degree in May 2008.  She came to Houston, TX in June 2008 and gained admission to Texas Southern University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Transportation Management majoring in Planning and Policy.  Grace is currently in the CTTR program as a Graduate Research Assistant.  Her current research project topic is "Reviewing, Analyzing and Updating Marketing Strategies to Increase Public Transit Ridership".  Upon completion of her Masters Degree program in May 2011, she plans to continue  research working with the Houston Department of Transportation or with the Federal Aviation's Administration to pursue her interest in Aviation/Airport research planning.

 Image Latissha Clark   LATISSHA CLARK is a Graduate Research Assistant at Texas Southern University.  Clark is conducting research.  She was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee.  She graduated from Whitehaven High School and continued her Academic journey at Texas Southern University.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Airway Science.  Ms. Clark is a 2008 recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.  Ms. Clark interned as a Student Engineering Technician, at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  Her research with the Air Force involved data mining techniques and Behavioral Learning Analysis for Simulated Tactics (BLAST).  Her has also interned at the Houston District Office of Congresswoman Shelia Jackson-Lee working with cases for district constituents' involving veterans affairs and housing issues.  While pursuing her Master of Science in Transportation Planning and Management at Texas Southern, she was the Vice President of the Student Chapter for the Institute of Transportation Engineers.  As a Transportation Studies alumnus, she serves on the Advisory Board for Texas Southern University's Airway Science Program.  She is also the recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellowship.  She also serves as Young Member of the Transportation Research Board Task Force on Aviation Security and Emergency Management  Professional Affiliations Presentations:  Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE); College of Science and Technology; 2008 Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellow; Women in Aviation (WIA); Committee Member - Transportation Research Board Aviation Security and Emergency Management Committee; and National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA).  Currently, she is working on the Petrochemical Incidents Location System (PLS).  This project analyzes historical petrochemical incidents and compare them to observe real-time events in order to identify network vulnerabilities.

 Image Shain Eversley  SHAIN MICHAEL EVERSLY was born in Georgetown, Guyana and grew up in the Atlanta, GA suburb of Decatur.  After graduating from Redan High School in 2000, Shain attended Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama where he majored in Business Management.  While at Tuskegee University, Shain recognized that he was passionate about the transportation industry.  After graduating with honors in 2004, Shain moved to Omaha, Nebraska to work for the Union Pacific Railroad as an Account Representative.  Over the next 4 years, Shain's work for Union Pacific moved him from Omaha to Chicago, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan to fulfill positions in logistics and sales.  In 2008, Shain moved back to Atlanta to accept a position with Prestige Logistics as a Manager.  In 2010, Shain was accepted into the Master of Science in Transportation Planning and Management program at Texas Southern University.  He is currently pursuing that degree.  Shain is a proud member of the Prince Hall Masonic Order, as well as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.   He is currently working on a project that identifies gap analysis in the petrochemical incident reporting chain.

Image Sara Land  SARA LAND

AND  began her undergraduate studies at Texas Southern University, majoring in Airway Science Management.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2001.  Sara later attended school in Minnesota to earn an Associate degree for Air Traffic Control En-route Concentration, which allowed employment with the Federal Aviation Administration.  Currently, Sara is pursuing a Masters degree at TSU in Transportation Planning and Management, with a concentration in Planning and Policy.  Sara's interest in transportation is further cultivated by the CTTR program, researching the many facets of Megaregions, but Aviation will always be her first love.  She is expected to graduate in May of 2011 and intends to return to a government agency.

Image Brandon Mosley  BRANDON MOSELY is a native Houstonian born January 19, 1982. He is a 2001 graduate of James Madison High School in Houston, TX.  He attended Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas.  Brandon received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology in the Spring of 2009.  He worked in the Transportation Field for four years working for the City of Dallas, City of Richardson, Dallas County and Texas Transportation Institute.  He is currently in his second semester in the Urban Transportation Planning and Management Master's Program at Texas Southern University.  His current research project is Evacuation Routes. 

Image Garlin Wynn  GARLIN WYNN  is a recent graduate from Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering Technologies.  He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Transportation Management.  He is currently working with research studies on collecting data of Hurricanes Rita and Ike evacuation routes.

Image Kaddiatou Diallo KADIDIATOU DIALLO is a native of Mali (West Africa).  She graduated from Progress High School in Bamako (Mali) and began her undergraduate studies at Texas Southern University, majoring in Airway Science. She received her Bachelor degree in May 2008.  She is pursuing a Master's in Transportation Planning and Management and is expected to graduate in December 2011.

Image Kadijah Hall KADIJAH HALL is an Undergraduate Research Assistant at Texas Southern University in the Transportation Studies Department.  She is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science Degree in Airway Science.  She is a member of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors Program.  Ms. Hall is a 2009 recipient of the Wings Over Houston Scholarship and interned with the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at TSU, conducting research on educating students about careers in transportation.  Ms. Hall wrote a paper on "Increasing Awareness Among Students About Careers in Transportation" for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Minority Student Fellows Program.  She currently received her Private Pilots License at Pearland Regional Airport from Skillman Aviation Flight School.

Image Papa Travare PAPA TRAVARE is a native of Senegal, in West Africa. Papa Moved to Houston in 2000 and attended the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.B. A. in Finance in 2004 and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems in 2006. Prior to moving to Houston, Papa has worked as an Intern in the Accounting and Finance Department at Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport in Dakar, Senegal. Currently, Mr. Travare is pursuing a Master in Transportation and Logistics from the School of Technology at TSU. His research interests include the Safe Transportation of HAZMAT and Solar Energy Powered Traffic Signals.

Sascha Sabaroche  SASCHA SABAROCHE is currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the Transportation Studies Department.  At present, she is working on obtaining a Master's of Science degree in Transportation Studies with a concentration in Planning Policy and Traffic Design.  Ms. Sabaroche is the 2010 recipient of the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program.  She is also a Spring 2009 and Fall 2010 recipient of the Center for Transportation Training and Research (CTTR) Scholarship.  Currently, she is working on two projects with TxDOT (1) Improving TxDOT's Public Involvement; and (2) Transport Providers for Elders and Disabled.  She worked on a Small Area Plan in the Third Ward Community to maximize safety and convenience to the community.  Ms. Sabaroche is a member of the Rotary Club of Dominica. 

Denita LaShore

Denita Paul LaShore is a Senior Administrative Assistant in the Center for Transportation Training and Research. She has studied Economics at the University of Houston, Central Campus, after which, she was employed with the Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs for a period of seven years. The primary administrative figure in the Center for Transportation, she is responsible for all day-to-day functions of the office. She has had the opportunity to participate in CTTR's ITS Conference held in Houston. As CTTR's research dictates, she assists in the preparation of various research documents. Ms. LaShore's research interests include Intelligent Transportation Systems, Intermodalism and Light Rail.



CTTR Executive Diretcor

Naomi Lede

Naomi W. Ledé, is the Executive Director Emeritus of The Center for Transportation Training & Research and Transportation Studies. Dr. Ledé, founder of the CTTR, Transportation Studies, and the Airway Science Program-holds and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, a M.A. in Sociology and Social Psychology, a M.S. in Urban Affairs (Transportation Concentration) and a B.A. in Sociology and English.

She is nationally recognized as a researcher in her field. Her background reflects experiences in social and cultural relations, community organization and development, urban and regional strategic planning, transportation systems analysis, research design and methodology, urban education, demographic and marketing studies, statistical analyses, program planning and evaluation. Ledé has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, research and training. This also includes service as a consultant for the US Department of Transportation's Advisory Board, and the University of Florida's Center of Transportation. Currently Dr. Ledé is a Research Scientist for Texas Transportation Institute(TTI).

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