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.
The White House Presidential Innovation Fellows
Director of Product and Technology
March 2015 to current
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.
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.
April 2013 to January 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research and Development Engineer
July 2008 to April 2009
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.
April 2006 to July 2008
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.
Trustee, Board of Trustees
November 2014 to Present
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.
Co-Founder and Instructor / Member, Board of Directors
February 2013 to January 2014
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
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.
Lean Agile Development
User Experience Design
User Interface Design
Fluid Power Design
Modeling and Simulation
Computer Aided Design
A Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) team (Andrew Stroup and John Trobough), in
partnership with the General Services Administration (GSA), launched Apps.Gov, an
active marketplace where government employees can more easily explore and procure
innovative cloud-based applications. Through apps.gov, government employees will be
able to asses products, security reviews and certifications, and contract vehicles for
rapid procurement. Simultaneously, technology providers will be able to submit their
products and leverage apps.gov as a resource for entering the federal government vertical.
CommonKey is your team password manager that increases productivity and security, helping manage all your cloud apps with a click of a button.
Oklahoma State University (Team Black) chief engineer in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design, Build, Fly 2009 competition. A cooperative team effort (15 members) requiring conceptual platform design to meet specified mission criteria, development of manufacturing techniques for rapid prototyping and testing, and the execution of performance-rated flights against domestic and international teams.
Secured a $100k, one year international consulting project for DFI (a Canadian based oil rigging company), managing a project team to perform:
Fluid power consulting project for Disneyland Resorts, performing the following tasks:
Managed two concurrent project teams for the US Marine Corps Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program (led by General Dynamics Amphibious Systems), providing consultation and test services through:
Project Hexapod is a team of roboticists, engineers, designers, and fabricators who are building a 4,000 pound, 18 foot diameter rideable 6-legged robot and release the designs to the world. We don’t just want to build a giant robot, we want to enable others to build giant robots.
Facilitated alignment of JPEO-CBD and JSTO-CBD investments and strategies to support CBDP Enterprise portfolio management through process refinement, metrics definition, and alignment to the POM development process.
The first iteration of my personal website.
Developed an in-house auditing software program to support the JPEO-CBD CBDP POM development process. The software allows users to evaluate multiple POM scenarios via builds and simulations, easily access programmatic information, automate tracking of all transactions, compare builds, and generate reports for stakeholder review.
... pictures of people taking selfies.
Tasked with designing, fabricating, and delivering a system to protect an explosive payload located in the bed of a truck experiencing a head on collision with another vehicle (~35mph), requiring the payload to experience less than 25g of acceleration. The team was given 3 days and $5,000 to complete the project.
Tasked with designing, fabricating, and delivering a system to destroy an incoming projectile with another projectile (no smaller than 1.5 inch in diameter), controlled remotely from within a bunker, and remotely powered. The team was given 5 days and $20,000 to complete the project.
Tasked with designing, fabricating, and delivering a system to protect a human from extreme environmental conditions (gale force winds, >2000F fire exposure, and >1500lbs of a 3 inch diameter water blast). The environmental protection shelter was required to be stored inside a medium sized military duffel bag and be deployed within 5 minutes. The human protected by the shelter had to maintain survivable conditions (oxygen and temperature levels). The team was given 3 days and $4,000 to complete the project.
Tasked with designing, fabricating, and delivering a system to compete in three decathlon events (100m dash, javelin throw, and the standing long jump). The metrics were to break the existing Olympic world records for the 100m dash and standing long jump and get as close to the current world record for the javelin throw. The robot was required to be controlled remotely and powered by an on-board energy source. The robot could shed 75% of the original weight for the long jump event. The team was given 5 days and $10,000 to complete the project.
Tasked with designing, fabricating, and delivering a system to harness the energy of a waterfall to power a self sustainable elevator. The team was given 4 days and $5,000 to complete the project.
Tasked with designing, fabricating, and delivering a system to automate the preparation, cooking, and delivery of food for the masses. The team was given 5 days and $6,000 to complete the project.
Tasked with designing, fabricating, and delivering a system to automatically detect and prevent unauthorized access at a gated checkpoint. The system was required to be naturally open, meaning the ability to allow authorized vehicles to pass through the system unharmed. Additionally, the system would be measured for g force and damage to the vehicle. The team was given 3 days and $5,000 to complete the project.
Tasked with designing, fabricating, and delivering a system to safely allow a light duty truck to travel over a 30 foot span. The system was required to be transported and deployed from one side by the same truck, while being within the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of the truck. The team was given 5 days and $10,000 to complete the project.
Handcrafted with and in a galaxy far, far away ...