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Welcome to the "FHWA Works: Careers in Motion Employee Spotlight" series, a look into the careers and lives of Federal Highway Administration employees. Each month, we will introduce you to one of nearly 3,000 FHWA colleagues and highlight the important work they do. Our employees come from all corners of the agency but all offer the same, yet unique sense of dedication and professionalism, all while keeping America's roads and bridges safe.

Check out whose career is in motion and how #FHWAWorks! Discover exactly why our agency is celebrating being ranked in the Top 10 percent of "Best Places to Work in Federal Government!"

To learn more about how FHWA Works, explore the video series on YouTube or FHWA's LinkedIn page.


FHWA Works: Employee Spotlight - Jean Nehme

Photo of Jean Nehme

Full Name: Jean Nehme
Title: Team Leader
Division/Department: Office of Research, Technology, and Development
Location (City/State): McLean, VA

  1. What is your current position and how long have you been in this role?
    I am the Team Leader for the Long-Term Infrastructure Performance (LTIP) team which is one of four teams within the Office of Infrastructure R&D located at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA. I have been in this position since August 7, 2017.

    The LTIP team manages two major long-term research efforts: The Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) and the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) programs. Both research programs resulted from enacted transportation legislation and have a similar mission of helping the highway infrastructure owners and operators to better understand bridge and pavement performance.

  2. What is your typical workday like?
    Besides the common tasks that most of us perform during a typical workday, such as replying to e-mails, going to meetings, and teleconferencing or “webinaring”, from time to time, I get to experience a few seconds of work related jubilation. Research is intense and requires perseverance and tenacity. When, after a long trek, successful results are achieved or a new innovative product or tool is released, joy descends on my team members and me. However, as typical with engineers (read “introverts”), celebrations are muffled and concluded quickly so that we could tackle the next problem.

  3. What has been your biggest accomplishment over the last year?
    Over the last year, my team continued to accomplish many of our programs’ goals. A major accomplishment that I would like to highlight is the development and subsequent release of the Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) program’s InfoBridge™. InfoBridge is a user-friendly Web application that includes intuitive tools for finding, viewing, and analyzing bridge performance information. It provides for storage, retrieval, dissemination, analysis, and visualization of data collected through State, national, and LTBP Program efforts. Our goal is to make LTBP InfoBridge™ a comprehensive resource that will enable researchers to develop tools and products that will enhance the understanding of the performance of highway bridge assets, leading to more efficient design, construction, rehabilitation, maintenance, preservation, and management of bridges.

  4. Prior to working at FHWA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
    The most interesting job that I have ever had prior to working at FHWA was Arizona’s State Bridge Engineer. In that capacity, I was responsible for all aspects of Bridge Engineering for the Arizona Department of Transportation, which included design, inspection, construction support, preservation, and management. Every day brought with it different challenges and opportunities from construction mishaps to urgent inspection findings to personnel issues to bridge preservation funding.

  5. What are your hobbies in your spare time?
    I used to look forward to playing basketball every weekend but that was 10 years ago. Nowadays, my hobbies tend to involve activities that are less “structurally” demanding on my joints. As an example, I enjoy driving the wonderful and exciting Virginia and Maryland backroads on weekends.

  6. What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned in your career to get you where you are today?
    I learned that one should find a position that he or she enjoys. Few people can succeed in their career without being passionate about what they do. If I could add another lesson, I would say that employees should not worry too much about office silos and focus on the agency, as a whole, achieve its mission (put the good of the entire agency ahead of the good of their own office). Lastly, establish and participate in a culture of trust, it takes a long while to develop relationships built on trust while it takes a single action to destroy these relationships.

  7. Complete this sentence: "People would be surprised if they knew..."
    That until I transferred to the University of New Mexico during my junior year, my education was exclusively in French and that I started to speak English when I was 20 years old.

Other Employee Spotlights

Photo of Sheila Rimal Duwadi Full Name: Sheila Rimal Duwadi, P.E.
Title: Senior Research Engineer
Division/Department: Office of Research, Technology, and Development
Location:McLean, VA
Photo of David Mensching Full Name: David Mensching, Ph.D., P.E.
Title: Asphalt Materials Research Program Manager
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Location (City/State): McLean, VA
Photo of Hoda Azari, PH.D. Full Name: Hoda Azari, PH.D.
Title: Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Research Program Manager
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of Jeremy Raw Full Name: Jeremy Raw
Title: Community Planner
Division/Department: Systems Planning and Analysis Team, Office of Planning
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Stephanie Stoermer Full Name: Joi Singh
Title: Realty Specialist
Division/Department:Office of Real Estate Services
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Stephanie Stoermer Full Name: Stephanie Stoermer
Title: Environmental Program Specialist/Archaeologist
Division/Department: Environment, Air Quality & Realty Technical Services Team, Resource Center
Photo of Justin Ocel Full Name: Justin Ocel
Title: Civil Engineer
Division/Department: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center - Office of Infrastructure RD&T
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of Dan Wolfe Full Name: Dan Wolfe
Title: Marketing Communication Specialist
Division/Department: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of MaryAnn Carpenter Full Name: MaryAnn Carpenter
Title: Transportation Specialist/International Liaison
Division/Department: Federal Highway Administration
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Brenda Red Wing Full Name: Brenda Red Wing
Title: Senior Advisor for the Program Management Improvement Team Leader
Division/Department: Director of Field Services
Location: Lakewood, CO
Photo of Melinda Urban Full Name: Melinda Urban
Title: Senior Area Engineer
Division/Department: FHWA Colorado Division
Location: Lakewood, CO
Photo of Monica Jurado Full Name: Monica Jurado
Title: Pavements and Materials Engineer
Division/Department: FHWA Resource Center
Location: El Paso, TX
Photo of Al-Hasan Rashida Full Name: Al-Hasan Rashida
Title: Multimedia Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Management Services
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Neil Gaffney Full Name: Neil Gaffney
Title: Public Affairs Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Susie Tingler Full Name: Susie Tingler
Title: Management Assistant
Division/Department: Director of Field Services
Location: Baltimore, MD
Photo of Christopher Douwes Full Name: Christopher Douwes
Title: Community Planner; commonly known as the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program Manager
Division/Department: Office of Human Environment
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Mohammed Yousuf Full Name: Mohammed Yousuf
Title: Program Manager, ATTRI/Transportation Research Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA Office of Operations R&D
Location: McLean, Virginia
Photo of Rebecca T. Crowe Full Name: Rebecca T. Crowe (Becky)
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Safety
Location: ADL- Virginia Division; Richmond, VA
Photo of Jihan Kamel Noizet Full Name: Jihan Kamel Noizet
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of International Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Todd Kohr Full Name: Todd Kohr
Title: Legislative Analysis Team Leader
Division/Department: Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Kirsten Poston Full Name: Kirsten Poston
Title: Disability Policy Analyst
Division/Department: Office of Civil Rights
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Agnes Vélez Full Name: Agnes R. Vélez
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of International Programs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Michelle Arnold, Ph.D. Full Name: Michelle Arnold, Ph.D.
Title: Research Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Safety, Research & Development
Location (City/State): McLean, VA
Photo of Seetha Srinivasan Full Name: Seetha Srinivasan
Title: Attorney Advisor
Division/Department: Office of the Chief Counsel
Location (City/State): Washington, DC
Photo of Abdul Zineddin, Ph.D. Full Name: Abdul Zineddin, Ph.D.
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Safety R&D
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of Dan Mathis Full Name: Taylor Lochrane
Title: Technical Manager
Division/Department: Office of Operation Research and Development
Location: McLean, VA
Photo of Dan Mathis Full Name: Dan Mathis
Title: Division Administrator
Division/Department: Washington Division
Location: Olympia, WA
Photo of Bruce Moody Full Name: Bruce Moody
Title: Program Management Analyst
Division/Department: Oregon and Washington Divisions
Location: Salem, OR
Photo of Joey Hartmann Full Name: Joey Hartmann
Title: Director of the Office of Bridges and Structures
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Marissa Romero Full Name: Marissa Romero
Title: Division Bridge Engineer
Division/Department: Arizona Division Office
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Photo of Doug Hecox Full Name: Doug Hecox
Title: Spokesman
Division/Department: Federal Highway Administration
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Tome White Full Name: Tom White
Title: Social Media Coordinator
Division/Department: Office of Public Affairs
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Ralph M. Davis Full Name: Ralph M. Davis
Title: Supervisory Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Government and Policy Affairs, Office of Highway Policy Information
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Doug Atkin Full Name: Doug Atkin
Title: Assistant Division Administrator Nebraska Division
Division/Department: Nebraska Division
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Photo of Norah Ocel Full Name: Norah M. Ocel, P.E.
Title: Transportation Operations Team Leader/Highway Safety Engineer
Division/Department: Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division
Location: Sterling, Virginia
Photo of LaToya Hines Full Name: LaToya Hines
Title: Staff Assistant to the FHWA Administrator
Division/Department: Office of the Administrator
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Travis Thomas Full Name: Travis Thomas
Title: Lead IT Specialist
Division/Department: Office of Information Technology Service/Office of Administration (HAD)
Location: Washington, DC
Photo of Brittany Broussard Full Name: Brittany Broussard
Title: Human Resources Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA/Office of Human Resources
Location: Washington, DC
Roger Ryder Full Name: Roger Ryder
Title: Senior Stewardship Advisor/Director of Operations
Division/Department: FHWA Pennsylvania Division
Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Nicks Full Name: Jennifer Nicks, PhD, PE
Title: Research Geotechnical Engineer
Division/Department: Office of Infrastructure Research & Development (R&D)
Location: Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center,
McLean, Virginia
Trinette D. Ballard Full Name: Trinette D. Ballard
Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA Florida Division
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Jaun C. Garcia Full Name: Juan C. Garcia
Title: Multimedia Specialist
Division/Department: Management Services/Office of Administration (HAD)
Location: Washington, DC
Melissa Yu Full Name: Melissa Yu
Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist
Division/Department: Center for Accelerating Innovation
Location: Washington, DC
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