Nicholas C. Laudato, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicholas C. Laudato is a senior consultant with Laudato Technology Solutions, Vice President of focusEDU, and an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate School of Public Administration at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Nick Laudato

Nick previously served as Portfolio Team Leader with CampusWorks and has led major IT strategic and tactical planning efforts at dozens of campuses in the US and Canada.  Nick has substantial experience in planning and implementing change and creating instructional technology teaching and learning models.


In his previous position as Associate Director for Instructional Technology of the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) at the University of Pittsburgh, he directed and coordinated seven functional areas that support the application of technology to instruction: Instructional Computing, Instructional Media Services, Electronic Graphics and Design, Photography and Electronic Imaging Services, Video Production, Classroom Engineering and the Faculty Instructional Development Lab, a New Media Center. Nick was also responsible for managing strategic planning, budget, Interactive TV, classroom design, and project management.


Nick held positions as Director of Information Systems for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford campus, Associate Director of the University External Studies Program, and Project Director and Manager of User Support Services within the centralized Computing and Information Services at the University of Pittsburgh. He successfully led the implementation of four administrative information systems at the Bradford Campus and led the implementation of the Integrated Student Information System across the University’s four Regional Campuses.


During 1993 and 1994, Dr. Laudato served as the central IT’s manager of the five-person Information Architecture and Process Innovation Project, charged with defining an enterprise-wide information architecture and a methodology for conducting business process reengineering. He has documented the University’s architecture project in a series of presentations and papers delivered to CAUSE and EDUCAUSE.


Nick earned his BS in Mathematics from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1972 and his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975. He regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the College of General Studies and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and has taught in the School of Information Sciences, the Katz Graduate School of Business, the College of Business Administration, the School of Education, the University External Studies Program, and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.


Dr. Laudato has frequently presented at the annual EDUCAUSE conference, as well as the New Media Consortium (NMC), the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC), EduComm, and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) national conferences. He has given invited talks at the University of Florida Faculty Technology Showcase and Symposium, the Tufts University Summer Institute, and the University Days assembly at Lock Haven University. He has actively participated in the Learning Technology Consortium, the Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education, and the Pittsburgh Blackboard Users Group.