Principal Investigator (PI)
Thomas Stout is the Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation Southeast Maritime and Transportation (SMART) Center. The SMART Center is one of 40 national ATE (Advanced Technological Education) centers with a focus on developing strong industry and education partnerships. The SMART Center’s focus is on maritime and transportation technologies. It is the only NSF ATE Center in Virginia and is housed in the Advanced Technology Center at Tidewater Community College (TCC) in Hampton Roads.
Thomas Stout is the Dean for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics on the Chesapeake Campus of TCC. Previously, he held the position of Associate Professor of Electromechanical Controls at TCC, teaching Mechatronics, Electromechanical Controls and Electronics Technology. He has worked in industrial maintenance, mechatronics and safety. He earned his BS degree from Old Dominion University in 2004 and his MS in Electronics Engineering from Norfolk State University in 2007. He served in the United States Navy retiring as an Avionics, Senior Chief Petty Officer after working 20 years on ships and aircraft.