Top 40 Under 40 2013: Greg Marx

Greg Marx is a vehicle applications engineer and a critical member of the BAE Systems’ team responsible for integrating the electric accessories on its hybrid-electric buses, which help transit authorities across the country and around the world serve their communities’ transportation needs while reducing the effects on the environment.

Marx understands the needs of the transit customers and has worked diligently to help develop products that reduce fuel and maintenance costs. His hard work is one of the reasons BAE Systems’ transit vehicles incorporate a fully electric accessory package that eliminates engine-belt-driven components. This means less load is placed on the engine, resulting in greater fuel economy and fewer moving parts that require repair. In addition, the buses are quieter and emit less diesel fumes into the environment.

Beyond his expertise in computer engineering and systems integration, Marx is an invaluable member of the team, always going beyond what is expected to ensure his projects are successful.

While earning a bachelor’s of science degree in computer engineering at the University of Scranton, Marx was an active member of the student branch of the IEEE and served as president of the group for one year. Marx was named to the dean’s list all four years and was given an academic excellence award for achieving the highest grade point average of all engineering students; he graduated magna cum laude in 2005.

Immediately after graduation, Marx joined BAE Systems, participating in an engineering leadership development program that gives young engineers the opportunity to rotate through different areas of the business. Through this program he had the chance to hone his software engineering and systems integration skills, first working on engine control for military jets and then on a weapons systems project.

Almost six years ago Marx joined the HybriDrive group and is proud of the work he and the other members of this team have produced, particularly BAE Systems’ new fuel cell hybrid bus, the first in the industry to meet the FTA’s Buy America requirements.

Active in volunteer work sponsored by BAE Systems, Marx is committed to his profession and his alma mater. He serves on a University of Scranton alumni-industry advisory board which brings engineers back to campus to speak to students about the profession.

“I enjoy being on the cutting edge of the public transit industry and working on advanced technology programs. Getting to work with hybrid-electric propulsion and hydrogen fuel cells creates an environment of constant learning and provides new challenges to look forward to every day. There's nothing more gratifying than seeing a vehicle that you have worked long and hard to integrate pull out of the garage for the first time.

“Public transit is such a fast-paced industry; it's exciting to be involved in an industry that is constantly changing for the better and looking for the next-best clean-and-green technology.

“I would like to see the public transit industry continue to strive for zero emission and clean transit. There are so many great zero emission and clean technologies available; getting more of these vehicles on the road is another step in the right direction for the industry and will have a huge impact on our cities and the environment.

“I'm an avid golfer and sports fan, particularly hockey, baseball, and football. I enjoy traveling to sporting events around the country. I am also actively involved in my church's music ministry and pastoral council.

“I am proud to have been part of a team at BAE Systems that designed, integrated, tested and delivered the first Buy America-compliant fuel cell bus to the SunLine Transit Agency in 2011. Because of the work done on this program, the team was one of several awarded with a BAE Systems Chairman's Silver Award. BAE Systems has also been awarded additional fuel cell bus programs following a successful delivery and demonstration of the fuel cell bus at SunLine Transit Agency, which is another testament to the fuel cell bus team.”

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