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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 - Jihan Kamel Noizet

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Full Name: Jihan Kamel Noizet
Title: Transportation Specialist
Division/Department: Office of International Programs
Location: Washington, DC

  1. What is your typical workday like?
    My typical workday starts at 7:00 a.m. each day. I begin by combing through emails and making any necessary international calls in the morning hours because of the time difference. I manage FHWA’s involvement in both our Netherlands, and Australia bilateral programs, which are high ranking, visible, and fast paced. I am constantly in contact with my counterparts in these countries to develop and follow through activities listed on our work plans that we develop on a yearly basis. There rarely is a dull moment in my program areas.

  2. What has been your biggest accomplishment over the last year?
    FHWA has had a close and productive working relationship with the Netherlands in highway transportation for quite a long time and my biggest accomplishment this past year was coordinating a high visibility international visit for the former Administrator to participate in U.S. and Dutch bilateral meetings. There were many moving parts including involvement in an Innovation Expo organized by representatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. The trip was very successful, in part; due to the strong relationship has been built throughout the years.

    Also, another major accomplishment is that I have hosted, facilitated and coordinated more than 25 webinars with our Australian counterparts on the topic of freight since 2009. With many travel restrictions and a limited budget, our office has been able to keep this bilateral relationship alive and thriving through technology.

  3. Prior to working at FHWA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
    When I was in high school and college, I worked at the mall as a market researcher. Yes, I was one of those annoying people that asked if you had time for a survey. The folks I met and interviewed during this job were quite interesting, to say the least.

  4. What are your hobbies in your spare time?
    In my spare time, I love spending quality time with my four children (ages 7, 5, and 2-year-old twins). We love to read, play games, puzzles, and go to performances. They keep me very busy! When I am not taking care of the kids, I enjoy going to movies, unique restaurants, and boating with my husband.

  5. What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned in your career to get you where you are today?
    One of the biggest lessons that I have learned in my career is to find a mentor whom you can have open and honest communication with, and who will guide you through your journey. In addition, it is important to really appreciate a manager/ supervisor who believes in work/ life balance and a flexible work schedule for working parents.

  6. Complete this sentence: "People would be surprised if they knew..."
    Most people would be surprised if they knew I always wanted to be a crime scene investigator or forensic pathologist since I was a child.

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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 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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