Dr. Thomas A. Dingus is director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and is the Newport News Shipbuilding Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is center director of the Tier 1 Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center (CVI-UTC), which comprises a consortium of Virginia Tech/VTTI, the University of Virginia, and Morgan State University.
Since 1996, Dr. Dingus has managed the operations and research at VTTI. This multidisciplinary organization conducts more than $43 million in sponsored research. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Dingus was founding director of the National Center for Transportation Technology at the University of Idaho and was an associate director of the Center for Computer-Aided Design at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Dingus was recently named a White House Champion of Change and was selected for his exemplary leadership in developing or implementing transportation technology solutions. Dr. Dingus is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) from which he has received several awards, including the A.R. Lauer Award for outstanding contributions to the field of safety. He has had the honor of testifying before a U.S. Congressional subcommittee (three times), the National Transportation Safety Board, and the National Council of State Legislatures about issues of driver distraction and attention.