Thomas Dingus

Tom Dingus

Director, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute


  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (1987)
  • M.S., Virginia Tech, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (1985)
  • B.S., Wright State University, Systems Engineering (1979)

Employment Experience:

University Faculty Appointments

  • Newport News Shipbuilding Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, Virginia Tech (January 2001—Present)
  • Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech (January 1996—December 2000)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Iowa (January 1993—December 1995; Tenure granted April 1994)
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Idaho (August 1986—December 1992; Promotion and tenure granted March 1992)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho (February 1990—December 1992)

University Administration

  • Director, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (January 1996—September 2002 and September 2003—Present)
  • Founding Director, Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech (September 2002—August 2003)
  • Associate Director, Center for Computer-Aided Design, University of Iowa (January 1993—December 1995)

University Research

  • Research Assistant, Vehicle Analysis and Simulation Laboratory, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (September 1983—August 1986)
  • Research Assistant, Perception Laboratory, Psychology Department, Wright State University (March 1977—March 1978)

Industry and Government

  • President, VTT, LLC, Inc. (September 2012—Present)
  • Chairman, Transecurity, LLC, Inc. (June 2005—April 2014)
  • Human Factors Engineer, Martin Marietta Aerospace, Denver, Colorado (July 1979—August 1983)
  • Researcher, Air Force Human Resources Laboratory, Advanced Simulation Techniques Branch, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (March 1978—June 1979)

Selected Consulting Experience

  • Vehicle Test and Evaluation Consultant, Google, Inc. (July 2012)
  • Human Factors Consultant, Qualcomm, Inc. (January 2006—December 2013)
  • Human Factors Consultant, Daimler-Chrysler (March 2002—May 2002)
  • Safety Consultant, Ford Motor Company (March 2001—May 2001)
  • Human Factors Consultant, General Motors Research Laboratories (May 1989—May 1996)
  • Independent Human Factors and Safety Consultant (June 1984—Present)

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (Fellow)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Intelligent Transportation Society of America (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (Board of Directors
  • Virginia Governor’s Unmanned Systems Commission
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education

Professional Registration

  • Certified Human Factors Professional, Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics

Notable Awards

  • Named White House Champion of Change for Innovation in Transportation, including an invited panel member at the White House, 2013
  • Best Ergonomics in Design Article Award for “Estimating Crash Risks” from Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2012
  • Induction into the Virginia Tech Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni, 2012
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, Virginia Tech College of Engineering, 2002
  • A.R. Lauer Safety Award from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for outstanding contributions to the understanding of human factors in safety, 2000
  • Jerome H. Ely Human Factors Award for the most outstanding paper in Volume 37. Paper entitled: “Human Factors Field Evaluation of Automotive Headway Maintenance/Collision Warning Devices,” 1998

Recent Honors

  • Elected to Virginia Governor’s Unmanned Systems Commission, 2015
  • Elected to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Board of Directors, 2015
  • Invited panelist, “Distracted Driving: Panel Discussion,” RealClearPolitics, 2013
  • Invited to the Governor’s Mansion for a reception celebrating InnoVAte Virginia as an outstanding innovator, 2013
  • Invited blogger for Huffington Post, Don’t Look Away From the Roadway, November 12, 2013
  • Elected to the Intelligent Transportation Society of America Board of Directors, 2013
  • Invited keynote speaker, Driving Distraction from Nomadic Devices, Australasian College of Road Safety, Melbourne, Australia, 2011
  • Invited keynote speaker, “Driver Distraction and Fatigue,” AA Research Foundation Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand, 2011

Scholarly Research


  • Dingus, T., & Buchanan-King, M. (2015). Survive the Drive: A Guide to Keeping Everyone on the Road Alive. Blacksburg, VA.
  • Barfield, W., & Dingus, T. (Eds.) (1998). Human Factors in Intelligent Transportation Systems. New York: Erlbaum.

Book Chapters

  • McLaughlin, S., Hankey, J., & Dingus, T. (2009). Driver measurement: methods and applications. In D. Harris (Ed.), Engineering Psychology and Cognitive Ergonomics: HCII 2009, LNAI 5639 (pp. 404–413). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag.
  • Neale, V. L., & Dingus, T. A. (2005). Motor vehicle warnings. In: M. S. Wogalter (Ed.), The Handbook of Warnings (pp. 687 – 700). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (LEA).
  • Hanowski, R. J., & Dingus, T. A. (2000). Will intelligent transportation systems improve older driver mobility? In K. W. Schaie, M. Pietrucha (Eds.), Mobility and Transportation in the Elderly (pp. 279-298). New York: Springer Publishing Co.
  • Hanowski, R. J., Wierwille, W. W., Dingus, T. A., Hankey, J. M., & Moyer, M. J. (1999). Development of a model and computer program for assessment and evaluation of task demands associated with complex in-vehicle information systems. In A. G. Gale, I. D. Brown, C. M. Haslegrave, & S. P. Taylor (Eds.), Vision in Vehicles VIII. North-Holland: Elsevier Science B.V.
  • Wogalter, M. S., & Dingus, T. A. (1999). Methodological Techniques for Evaluating Behavioral Intentions and Compliance. In M. S. Wogalter, J. W. Brelsford, D. M. DeJoy, & K. R Laughery (Eds.), Warnings and Risk Communication (pp. 43-82). London: Taylor & Francis.
  • Dingus, T. A., Jahns, S. K., Horowitz, A., & Knipling, R. (1998). Human factors design issues for crash avoidance systems. In W. Barfield and T. Dingus (Eds.), Human Factors in Intelligent Transportation Systems (pp. 55-93). New York: Erlbaum.

Journal Publications

  • Dingus, T. A. (2014). Estimates of prevalence and risk associated with inattention and distraction based upon in situ naturalistic data. Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine, 58, 60-68. Retrieved from
  • Klauer, S. G., Guo, F., Simons-Morton, B. G., Ouimet, M. C., Lee, S. E., & Dingus, T. A. (2014). Distracted Driving and Risk of Road Crashes among Novice and Experienced Drivers. New England Journal of Medicine, 370, 54-59.
  • Ouimet, M. C., Brown, T. G., Guo, F., Klauer, S. G., Simons-Morton, B. G., Fang, Y., Lee, S. E., Gianoulakis, C., & Dingus, T.A. (2014). Higher crash and near-crash rates in teenaged drivers with lower cortisol response: An 18-month longitudinal, naturalistic study. Journal of the American Medical Association, Pediatrics. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.5387
  • Guo, F., Simons-Morton, B. G., Klauer, S. E., Ouimet, M. C., Dingus, T. A., & Lee, S. E. (2013). Variability in Crash and Near-Crash Risk among Novice Teenage Drivers: A Naturalistic Study. The Journal of Pediatrics, 163(6), 1670-1676.

  • Simons-Morton, B. G., Ouimet, M. C., Chen, R., Klauer, S. G., Chen, R., Lee, S. E., Wang, J., & Dingus, T. A. (2012). Peer influence predicts speeding prevalence among teenage drivers. Journal of Safety Research, 43(5-6), 397-403. Retrieved from