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Alan Kaylor Cline, Ph.D.

David Bruton, Jr. Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Mathematics, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director, The Dean's Scholars Honors Program

Department of Mathematics

UT Austin

If life can be analogized to a journey by foot and if, in this analogy, a backpack represents the receptacle for the necessities of that journey, I view my role as teacher as helping students learn to pack. I don't do the packing nor even do I make the decisions of what to pack -- a hiker must take those responsibilities. Yet, as a person who has both hiked and studied hiking, I have advice on the packing. Generally my advice is "travel light."