​B.S. University of Virginia, 1980​M.E. University of Virginia, 1981​Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1986

William T. Scherer is an expert in systems engineering, stochastic control, and business analytics. Professor Scherer has served on the University of Virginia Department of Systems and Information Engineering faculty since 1986. He also consults with numerous organizations on the topics of systems thinking and business analytics applied to disparate organizations. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications (journal and conference papers, business cases, and book chapters) on intelligent decision support systems, transportation systems, stochastic control, and systems thinking. His current research focuses on systems engineering methodology, financial engineering and intelligent transportation systems. His co-authored book, How To Do Systems Analysis, was published by Wiley in 2007, and a follow-on book, How to Do Systems Analysis: Primer and Casebook, was also published by Wiley in 2016. He has strong interests in engineering education and has published papers on curriculum and pedagogy, and was awarded an Outstanding University of Virginia Faculty Award in 2007. He was also a Visiting Professor at the Darden Graduate School of Business in 2001-2002 and President of the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Society 2007-2008.


  • Awarded the Jefferson Scholars Hartfield-Jefferson Teaching Award 2013
  • Awarded and All University Teaching Award from the University of Virginia in “recognition of excellent teaching and skill in motivating and inspiring students” 2006
  • Cited by Darden School of Business for Outstanding Performance in team teaching “Optimization models”
  • Awarded the SEAS Rodman Scholars Teaching Award for 2001 for teaching excellence.
  • Awarded the Mac Wade Award for 1996/7 for outstanding service to School of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Awarded the Lucien Carr Professorship of Engineering for 1995-1996 for outstanding contributions to undergraduate engineering education at the University.
  • Named the Distinguished Faculty at the University of Virginia in 1993 by the Student IMP Society.

Research Interests

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Computational Statistics and Simulation/Statistical Modeling
  • Risk and Decision Analysis
  • Optimization Models and Methods
  • Stochastic Modeling

Selected Publications

  • Systems Analysis Primer and Casebook, Wiley, 2016. Gibson, J.E., Scherer, W.T., Gibson, W.F., and MC Smith
  • "Trends Over Two Decades of Transportation Research: A Machine Learning Approach." Transportation Research, Record, 2017. Boyer, Ryan C., William T. Scherer, and Michael C. Smith.
  • "Visual analysis to support regulators in electronic order book markets." Environment Systems and Decisions 36.2 (2016): 167-182. Paddrik, Mark E., R. Hayes, A. Todd, and W Scherer
  • “Crossed and Locked Quotes in a Multi-market Simulation,” PLOS ONE, 2016. Todd, Andrew, Beling, P., and Scherer, W.T.
  • "Stepping back from the trees to see the forest: a network approach to valuing intelligence." Social Network Analysis and Mining 6.1 (2016): 72. Smith, Christopher M., William T. Scherer, and Andrew Todd.

Courses Taught

  • SYS 6001: Interdiction to Systems Engineering
  • SYS 3034: Systems Performance Evaluation
  • SYS 4053/4054: Systems Engineering Capstone Course

Featured Grants & Projects

  • US Army Training and Doctrine Command

    Using systems thinking and machine learning to mine intelligence reports


    Using geolocating to improve the service to veterans at VA Hospitals.

  • NSF

    IUCRC Center for Visual and Decision Informatics (CVDI): Using analytical models to evaluate systemic risk