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Full Name: Mohammed Yousuf
Title: Program Manager, ATTRI/Transportation Research Specialist
Division/Department: FHWA Office of Operations R&D
Location: McLean, Virginia

  1. What is your current position and how long have you been in this role?
    I am the Program Manager for Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI). I am also a transportation research specialist exploring new enabling technologies.

  2. What is your typical workday like?
    I coordinate and manage the ATTRI program, which involves meeting with various teams within and outside the USDOT. I develop ways to strengthen the program and make it impactful. I also explore new technical solutions for the transportation systems of tomorrow. Last year, our work was featured in FHWA's Public Roads: Power of Inclusion and in Thinking Highways: Something for Everyone.

  3. What has been your biggest accomplishment over the last year?
    I would say that my biggest accomplishment over the last year was getting two different requests for proposals (RFPs) out for ATTRI application development work; and to coordinate with different modes and agencies within and outside the USDOT to develop the content and secure the funding for these RFPs.

  4. Prior to working at FHWA, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?
    Prior to joining FHWA, I worked at General Motors in different roles. I worked in an ideation group to come up with new systems and solutions for vehicle design and development. While working in this group, I developed a system to replace the wiring bundles in vehicle doors to decrease vehicle mass and to reduce manufacturing complexity. This lead to my patent in "wireless multiplex systems and methods for controlling devices in a vehicle."

  5. What are your hobbies in your spare time?
    like spending time with my family, cooking with my kids; working on abstract art and renderings. I also volunteer my time for causes with social impact in mind; I had the privilege of founding EquallyAble Foundation.

  6. What is one of the biggest lessons you have learned in your career to get you where you are today?
    Seek solutions to overcome hurdles and challenges when the normal instinct is to abort and end. Never to lose hope and continue to give it a full push even when there is only a slight chance of it being possible.

  7. Complete this sentence: "People would be surprised if they knew..."
    ...that one of my art pieces was selected for an art gallery at a prestigious museum.

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