Tom Dingus, director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) for 25 years and endowed professor, has announced he plans to step down from the directorship and return to the faculty.
As a driving safety researcher of 35 years, Dingus has dedicated his life’s work to improving and innovating roadway safety and transportation technologies. He has managed more than $800 million in external research funding in his career, including $150 million as a principal investigator, from more than 100 public and private sector sponsors to impact transportation safety nationally and globally.
Dingus is the Newport News Shipbuilding Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics and the president of VTT LLC Inc., a nonprofit, university-affiliated corporation of Virginia Tech Foundation that operates the Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation.
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) conducts research to save lives, time, and money and protect the environment. As one of seven premier research institutes created by Virginia Tech to answer national challenges, VTTI is continually advancing transportation through innovation and has affected public policy on national and international levels.
As one of seven premier research institutes created by Virginia Tech to answer national challenges, VTTI is continually advancing transportation through innovation and has influenced public policy on national and international levels.
VTTI has grown from 15 faculty, staff, and students to become the second largest university-level transportation institute in the U.S. with over 300 employees. Research conducted at VTTI has effected significant changes in public policies for driver, passenger, and pedestrian safety and is advancing the design of vehicles and infrastructure to increase safety and reduce environmental impacts.
In all endeavors, the VTTI community is charged with finding solutions to the greatest transportation challenges facing our world. The faculty, staff, and students of VTTI are truly dedicating their lives to saving lives.