What inspires Marwan? The ability to have an idea and make it happen. “The era of emerging technologies and big data that we’re in brings uncertainty for clients,” he says, “but it offers many opportunities, too.” Specializing in freight and transportation technology, Marwan has worked closely with federal, state and local agencies to identify and assess trends affecting their networks and to develop and implement new strategies and technologies to improve travel and safety. For the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Marwan helped lead scenario planning of future freight and passenger traffic flows across America’s borders with Mexico and Canada. He also supported FHWA’s Office of Freight in testing the Freight Advanced Traveler Information System—a freight-specific travel planning and performance application—in three regional locations. For Columbus, Ohio, Marwan is supporting the design, testing and deployment of a connected freight truck platooning demonstration, as part of the federally funded Smart City initiative.
What is your favorite part of your job? The journey. There are ups and downs with every project, but it is all about the choices you make when you face challenges that help shape what you achieve.
How might clients describe you? Passionate, bold, thoughtful, resourceful and funny (I hope).
What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you? I am a big fan of Dr. Seuss and Larry David, in no particular order.
What’s your personal motto? Listen with the intent to understand, not reply.
Continuous learning enables us to be on top of our technical game and deliver excellence for our clients.
Marwan is active in the Transportation Research Board's respective committees on Freight Transportation Economics and Regulation, and Transportation and Economic Development.