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Mr. Thomas McGean, P.E., F.ASCE


BIOGRAPHY  Tom McGean is a retired transportation engineer who pioneered in the field of driverless mass transit systems, now in common use at airports and other major activity centers. He monitored the safety of the first four automated people mover (APM) systems demonstrated at the Transpo Exposition in Washington DC in 1972, developed the specifications for the first linear induction motor APM system in regular passenger operation, and led development of specifications and oversight of systems and equipment for the first APM in a major downtown American city. He formed and for 18 years chaired the ASCE Automated People Mover Standards Committee which since 1990 has developed internationally recognized standards governing APM performance and safety. He also formed and chaired the IEEE Rail Transit Vehicle Interface Standards Committee, and formed and vice-chaired the ASME Rail Transit Standards Committee which provide similar performance and safety standards for rail transit technology. McGean was a founding principal of the forerunner of Lea+Elliott and an Executive Vice President of N. D. Lea & Associates, two pre-eminent automated transit consulting firms. At ASCE he has been a board member of the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI), chaired T&DI’s Executive Committee and Standards Committee, and served on its Codes and Standards Committee. He is a fellow of both ASCE and the Institute of Transportation Engineers and an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board. A graduate of Caltech, McGean has taught graduate transportation at George Washington and Howard Universities and is the author of the graduate textbook “Urban Transportation Technology” published by D.C. Heath. He has also served on the board of the Volunteers for International Technical Assistance and holds three patents for the design and manufacture of broadband media while employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.