William Andrew Schaudt (Andy) has received a joint appointment and will serve as an Assistant Professor of Practice. Andy will remain an employee of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) with a non-tenure-track academic home in the Department of Management.

This joint appointment will enable Andy to teach management courses and contribute to various programs of the department. It will also foster greater collaboration between the department and VTTI. Schaudt has been working as an adjunct faculty in the department for the past few years and his biography is outlined below:

Andy Schaudt is a devoted human experience enthusiast. He has spent his career learning about the intricacies of human behavior and how best to leverage them to improve the design of products, services, and strategic business decisions. He has significant experience in human factors, usability, systems design, business strategy and marketing having managed contracts the past 18 years for both federal and private sector organizations across numerous industries, most notably transportation and medical. Andy started his career at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) where for nine years he worked on light vehicle and heavy vehicle safety research with a focus on technological solutions. In 2013 he moved to Washington DC where he became the Director of Usability Services at the MedStar Institute for Innovation. In 2015 he moved to Las Vegas where he helped to spin up a new web presence marketing venture as the President and Chief Experience Officer. Recently he returned to Blacksburg and VTTI to take on the role of Program Director for the Center for Automated Vehicle Systems where he plans, coordinates, and manages the industry research projects for automated vehicle initiatives. His work has been featured in TV and digital media outlets including Wired, Business Insider, USA Today, Washington Post, CNN, and various others. 

Schaudt earned his M.B.A. from Virginia Tech and his M.S. in Human Factors Psychology from the University of Idaho.

Please join us in welcoming Andy to the department.