William Scherer

William Scherer
William Scherer
Professor of Systems and Information Engineering and Civil Engineering

University of Virginia
Department of Systems and Information Engineering
151 Engineer’s Way

PO Box 400747
Charlottesville, VA
Phone (434) 982-2069
FAX (434) 982-2972

Dr. William T. Scherer received his PhD. degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He has taught at the University of Virginia Department of Systems and Information Engineering since 1986, developing and offering undergraduate and graduate courses in systems engineering methodology, engineering design, decision analysis, stochastic control, and operations research. His current research interests include Intelligent Transportation Systems, Markov decision processes, systems engineering methodologies, and engineering education.


Rodman Scholars Teaching Award for 2001 for teaching excellence
Data Warehousing Institutes Academic Scholarship for funding attendance at the 1998 Implementation Conference
Mac Wade Award for 1996/7 for outstanding service to School of Engineering and Applied Science
Foundation University Seminar Grant for an innovative seminar proposal on teaching “Nummeracy” to undergraduate college students (1996/8)
Lucien Carr Professorship of Engineering for 1995-1996 for outstanding contributions to undergraduate engineering education at the University
Distinguished Faculty at the University of Virginia in 1993 by the Student IMP Society

Research Interests

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Markov Decision Processes
  • Systems Engineering Methodologies
  • Engineering Education

Research and Publications

Ho, J., Thomas, L., Pomroy, T., and Scherer, W., “Segmentation in Markov Chain Consumer Credit Behavioural Models,” to appear in Readings on Credit Scoring, 2003, Lyn C. Thomas, David B. Edelman, and Jonathan Crook, Editors.

Smith, B., Scherer, W., and Conklin, J., “Exploring Imputation Techniques for Missing Data in Transportation Management Systems,” accepted for publication in the Transportation Research Record, 2003.

Zobel, C., and Scherer, W., “An Empirical Study of Policy Convergence in MDP Value Iteration,” accepted for Computers and Operations Research, 2003.

Scherer, W., Pomroy, T., and Fuller, D., “The Triangular Density to Approximate the Normal Density: Decision Rules of Thumb,” Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Vol. 82, No. 3, December 2003, pp. 331-341.

Pack, M., Smith, B., and Scherer, W., “An Automated Camera Repositioning Technique for Integrating Video Image Vehicle Detection Systems with Freeway CCTV Systems,” accepted for publication in the TRB Record, 2003.

Fuller, D., Scherer, W., and Pomroy, T., “An Exploration and Case-Study of Population Classification for Managed Healthcare within a State-based Modeling Framework,” Healthcare: Technology and Management, 2003, Vol. 5, Nos. 1/2, pp 123-140.