Ossama E. Ramadan, PhD, PE, ENV SP, PMP is on a mission to improve transportation system operations and performance. He has 18 years of experience including 8 years in traffic/ITS engineering, 10 years in transportation/civil infrastructure, and 7 years managing engineering teams under various project delivery systems and contract models. Dr. Ramadan currently serves as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Transportation Engineering and Development Laboratory (TREND Lab) of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Dr. Ramadan’s research interests are in the areas of traffic modeling and simulation, transportation performance measurement, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and transportation data analytics. At the UAB TREND Lab, he is conducting applied-research that serves the national need for reliable, efficient, sustainable and resilient transportation systems. Recently, his research has been focusing on (a) integration of big data streams into modeling and simulation of interdependent urban mobility systems; (b) investigation of technology influence on behavioral changes and mobility preferences; and (c) developing methodological frameworks and techniques in support of performance-based operations using connected vehicle data.
Dr. Ramadan has been involved in several STRIDE projects with various roles. Most recently, he has been serving as a co-principal investigator and the technical leader on two STRIDE projects that study the influence of shared mobility on urban congestion. The first project, “Technology Influence on Travel Demand & Behaviors,” investigates the influence of novel modes of urban mobility (shared mobility) on travel behavior and urban congestion, using the state-of-the-art agent-based model MATSim. The second project, “Mitigating Network Congestion by Integrating Transportation Network Companies & Urban Transit,” concerns the development and proof-of-concept of a methodological framework for integrating shared mobility as a feeder system for public transit to enhance last-mile mobility, thus increasing accessibility, convenience, and connectivity to transit users. Both projects outcomes are expected to be of great value for transportation agencies and municipalities in their efforts to provide truly connected mobility options and relieve dependency on private automobiles; hence, mitigating urban congestion.
Dr. Ramadan values and advocates-for the involvement of graduate students in STRIDE projects. He says that “Involvement in applied-research projects is an instrumental component of graduate-level education. It does not just provide a source of funding, but it provides a sophisticated, hands-on experience that increases the students’ competitive edge and their marketability as transportation professionals. In essence, STRIDE research projects prepare graduate students to be the next generation of transportation engineering leaders.”
Ossama E. Ramadan, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP, PMP
TREND Lab | Transportation Engineering and Development Laboratory
Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
The University of Alabama at Birmingham