Dr. Edgar Troudt has held positions covering the breadth of higher education functions with a progressively responsible portfolio – a community college faculty member, a university administrator, a workforce institute grant leader, an adjunct member of a graduate faculty and an academic director of an entrepreneurship and innovation center. In addition to the above, his primary domains of expertise are designing, assessing and managing educational programs, mentoring students and faculty, and collaborating productively to develop academic policy.
Troudt currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, a private, non-profit university. Prior to this position, he spent approximately fifteen years in public education as a faculty member at the City University of New York. There he served on his college’s shared governance body as Chair of the Committee on Instruction.
Troudt’s academic interest is in encouraging broad incorporation of entrepreneurship concepts and processes across all disciplines, especially those in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). His work has a notable reputation – he has been the keynote speaker at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) annual conference. He was an invited speaker to the KEY Platform Conference in Korea (2018), subsequently featured in a Seoul newspaper. His team was repeatedly funded by NSF for work at the intersection of STEM and entrepreneurship. Troudt has led several high-visibility entrepreneurship programs including the Regionals for the NY Business Plan Competition, the CUNY Community College Innovation Challenge, and the Brooklyn Science Innovation Initiative. He has mentored students for competitions, served as an Industry Mentor for an NSF I-Corps team (2017), and judged the inaugural NSF/AACC national Community College Innovation Challenge (2015). He also has provided mentorship to faculty as a NSF sponsored Mentor-Connect Fellow.