Andrew Stroup

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Engineer. Technologist. Entreprenuer.


Andrew Stroup serves as the Director of Product and Technology for the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows, a program focused on recruiting outside industry leaders into government to work on high impact initiatives across the federal government.

Andrew has over a decade of experience building and managing products that span both technical and business domains. He focuses on the implementation and practice of lean, agile development, facilitating strong team collaboration, and successful product delivery. A serial entrepreneur, Andrew has co-founded a security software startup within the identity and access management sector, built giant fighting robots designed for glorious arena combat, and started a non-profit makerspace focused on access to industrial grade tools and education. Andrew was also a contestant on the Discovery Channel's The Big Brain Theory, a team-based reality TV competition where contestants go head-to-head against some of the brightest minds in the country.

Previously, Andrew has served as a DoD civilian focused on the Biosurveillance White House Initiative. His support to the Armed Forces also included oversight of medical countermeasures and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear materiel development as well as Joint Strike Fighter integration efforts. Andrew earned dual degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Mathematics and Business Management from Oklahoma State University.


"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
- Mae West


The White House Presidential Innovation Fellows

Director of Product and Technology

March 2015 to current
Wasington, DC

The Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) program brings the principles, values, and practices of the innovation economy into government through the most effective agents of change we know: our people. This highly-competitive program pairs talented, diverse technologists and innovators with top civil-servants and change-makers working at the highest levels of the federal government to tackle some our nation’s biggest challenges. These teams of government experts and private-sector doers take a user-centric approach to issues at the intersection of people, processes, products, and policy to achieve lasting impact.

CommonKey, Inc.

Co-Founder and CEO

October 2012 to current
New York, NY

CommonKey is a B2B SaaS redefining identity and access management (IAM) by addressing how companies manage and share access to applications. Using a cloud-based solution, we increase productivity and enhance security for dynamic and distributed teams.

MegaBots, Inc.


April 2013 to January 2014
Boston, MA

Making the world more epic, one giant robot at a time. MegaBots, Inc. is making the sport of the future by creating real-life piloted giant robots and mecha that fight in arena combat, the likes of which has never been seen outside of science fiction and games.

Biosurveillance Management Office

Informatics SME and Integration Lead

October 2013 to January 2014
Aberdeen Proving Grounds

The Biosurveillance Management Office addresses the Biosurveillance White House Initiative and supports Warfighters with enduring capabilities to preemptively and proactively identify, plan, and mitigate intentional and naturally occurring biological events.

Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense

Biosurveillance and Science & Technology Lead /
Medical POM Integrator

November 2011 to October 2013
Aberdeen Proving Grounds

Focus on technology transfer and portfolio management of emerging and revolutionary medical countermeasures and diagnostic devices, support to the Presidential White House National Strategy for Biosurveillance, and lead the development of the $7 billion dollar fiscal planning and budget recommendation to Congress for the medical portfolio.

  • Civilian Award, Joint Project Manager for Translational Medical Technologies (2013)

The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius


October 2012 to June 2013
Los Angeles, CA

A Discovery Channel team-based reality TV competition where contestants go head-to-head against some of the brightest minds in the country, putting their engineering chops to the test. Each challenge required conceptualizing, fabricating, and delivery of an innovative and ingenious design.

Survived 6 episodes (out of 8) and was the 2nd most winning competitor on the show.

  • Unscripted Non-Fiction Award, SET Awards (2013)

Kalman and Company, Inc.

Team Lead / Systems Engineer

August 2009 to November 2011
Falls Church, VA

Support to the JPEO-CBD HQ, performing portfolio management, lead analyst for the fiscal planning and budget recommendation to Congress, oversight of the Major Defense Acquisition Program Trail Boss initiative, and management of a large contractor support team.

  • JPEO-CBD Special Recognition Award, Brigadier General Scarbrough (2010)

Pearson Public Affairs Group

Assistant Project Manager

May 2009 to July 2009
Oklahoma City, OK

Engaged target regions in public awareness, issue education and management, coalition building, training constituents to lobby public officials, public policy intelligence gathering, and issue advocacy; translating into the management of grass top campaigns, focusing on federal legislation.

SPX Filtran

Research and Development Engineer

July 2008 to April 2009
Stillwater, OK

Coordinated test and evaluation efforts with the Research and Development Division, refining test methodologies and identifying samples to meet operational requirements through development of new Design of Experiments and mathematical models.

BarDyne, Inc.

Project Engineer

April 2006 to July 2008
Stillwater, OK

Formerly known as the Fluid Power Research Center (FPRC) before being privatized by Dr. Fitch and Dr. I.T. Hong. Served a multi-disciplinary engineering role that included engagement with new and current clients, development of a commercial modeling and simulation program, management of multiple projects and team members, and engineering consultation services.


Awesome Foundation

Trustee, Board of Trustees

November 2014 to Present
Boston, MA

For the Arts and Sciences and the advancement of Awesomeness in the universe. Forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time.

Baltimore Foundery

Co-Founder and Instructor / Member, Board of Directors

February 2013 to January 2014
Baltimore, MD

A non-profit makerspace focused on providing access to industrial grade tools and education. The Foundery's goals are to enable Baltimore to build more things, collaborate on projects, and help entrepreneurs succeed.


Oklahoma State University

Bachelors of Science - Aerospace Engineering (Specialization: UAV Design)
Bachelors of Science - Mechanical Engineering (Specialization: Fluid Power Design)
Minor - Mathematics / Focus - Business Management

August 2003 to May 2009
Stillwater, OK

  • First place, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Cessna/Raytheon International Design, Build, Fly Competition (2009)
  • Oklahoma State University Homecoming Royalty (2008)
  • Speaker's Board President
  • Student Activites Board Executive
  • Student Union Activities Board Executive
  • Order of Omega Honor Fraternity
  • College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology Ambassador
  • Oklahoma State University Top Twenty Freshmen Man Award (2004)
  • FarmHouse Fraternity


US Army Acquisition Corps
Department of the Army, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army - Acquisition, Logistics, & Technology

Level 3 SPRDE - Systems Engineering
Department of the Army, Acquisition Corps

Engineering in Training, License #21587
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying

Current Good Manufacturing Practices Certified Professional
The Center for Professoinal Innovation and Education, Inc.


"It never gets easier, you just go faster."
- Greg Lemond


Product Management

Project Management

Lean Agile Development

User Experience Design

User Interface Design

Software Development


Business Development



Video Production

Video Editing

Systems Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Fluid Power Design

Aerospace Engineering

Hardware Development


Modeling and Simulation


Engineering Design

CNC Machining

Quality Assurance

Computer Aided Design


"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at."
- Bruce Lee


  • April 24, 2013 // 'The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius': Former Oklahoman among contestants on Discovery Channel's new reality competition show (NewsOK)
  • May 2, 2013 // Dan and Marty have 'coffee with' Andrew Stroup (CBS Baltimore)
  • May 24, 2013 // CommonKey Brings Password Management to Small Teams (TechCrunch)
  • January 6, 2014 // NYC's Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator kicks off its 2014 winter class with ten startups (VentureBeat)
  • April 15, 2014 // What You Need to Know About the Heartbleed Bug, as a Business Owner and a User (Tech.Co)
  • April 30, 2014 // Data, Dinner Parties, and ... a Monkey Take Over ERA Demo Day (Xconomy)
  • October 10, 2014 // MegaBots wants to make your giant battle mech dreams come true (Engadget)
  • October 14, 2014 // 10 Best Things We Saw and Heard at New York Comic Con (Rolling Stone)
  • October 15, 2014 // The Next Billion Dollar Sports League Could Be Giant Robots That Fight To The Death (Business Insider)
  • November 5, 2014 // With Your Help, Giant Fighting Humanoid Robots Could Become a Reality (Vice)
  • November 7, 2014 // Giant Robots Fighting Each Other May Be A Reality Soon (Escapist)
  • November 13, 2014 // Giant Fighting Paintball Robots? Yes, Please (Discovery Channel)
  • November 14, 2014 // Megabots: 5-metre robots destroy each other with cannonballs in new spectator sport (Mirror UK)
  • December 4, 2014 // Stephen Hawking thinks artificial intelligence will destroy us (DailyDot)
  • July 11, 2015 // The most important tech entrepreneurs from all 50 states (Business Insider)
  • July 21, 2015 // Rise of the MegaBot (Popular Science)
  • August 17th, 2015 // Meet the Presidential Innovation Fellows (White House)
  • November 2nd, 2015 // Inside 18F (FedTech)
  • March 14th, 2016 // The rebirth of the Obama Administration's Apps.Gov (TechCrunch)


"Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory ... lasts forever."
- Shane Falco

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