"Jared Van Dam is a current doctoral student in the Industrial and Systems Engineering program at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He is also a member of SHRM, Psi Chi, Order of Omega, and Who's Who Among College Students. His expected graduation date from Virginia Tech is in the Spring of 2022.
For his master's thesis, Jared researched the impact that a mobile phone notification has on a driver's situational awareness when the driver does not respond to the notification but simply notices that they received a notification. The resulting manuscript was published in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security. After completion of his masters, Jared then worked as a researcher studying explainable artificial intelligence. In this work, he studied the components of human explanation and expert systems and how to integrate those attributes into artificial intelligence algorithms
For his current Ph.D. work, Jared is researching shared situation awareness in terms of human-computer interaction especially in its integration with augmented and virtual reality. In this current research domain, Jared is specifically researching the use of augmented reality with unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct infrastructure inspection remotely. During his graduate education, Jared also became a licensed pilot with both a private pilot certificate in manned aircraft and a remote pilot certificate for unmanned aerial vehicles.
Jared has research interests in human factors, perception, human-computer interaction, interface design, augmented/virtual reality, human performance, aviation, and automation, and has conducted research in artificial intelligence, human cognition and memory performance, and situation awareness. In addition to these research interests, Jared is also an avid rock climber, musician, and athlete who enjoys electronics, microcomputers, and woodworking."