Andrew Chepaitis is the founder of ELIA (Education, Literacy, and Independence for All), the newest alphabet system for the blind and visually impaired, based on the Roman Alphabet. He leads the company’s operations, including product development, grant writing, product support, and stakeholder outreach efforts. The optimization of the ELIA Frames Alphabet was led by Andrew, who recruited and lead a research team, and attracted grant funding for the process. His work and study include efforts in industrial and organizational psychology and finance. He has served on the national alumni boards of Lehigh University and the Hopkins School (New Haven, CT). He was recently given Lehigh’s second highest alumni award. He has served the National Institutes of Health as a grant reviewer. Andrew holds an international business degree from Lehigh University, and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He is a former equity research analyst (Credit Lyonnais USA) and lacrosse coach (Hopkins School (1991) and Yale University (1992)). In his free time, he chases his three children (ages 5, 5, and 7) around.
“Best practices for industrial design would say that you would want to build on a person's existing knowledge, you would want to know where one's symbol begins and one's symbol ends.”