Professor Wandt is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Vice Chair for Technology of the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His primary research interests include technology law and policy, information security, academic technology, and UCR crime data. He has worked on sponsored research for, or in partnership with, Sprint, BlackBoard, Entourage, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Interpol, the United Nations, the United States Bureau of Justice, as well as educational institutions from around the world. In 2010, he received the Ribaudo Award for Academic Excellence for his work with academic technology. In 2014, he received the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Distinguished Teaching Award for use of innovative and cutting edge pedagogical techniques with his students. In 2020, he received the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Distinguished Service to Students Award for service and mentoring of John Jay's student population.
Professor Wandt is a practicing Attorney and Counselor-at-Law (New York). He regularly consults on issues relating to digital investigations, information security, academic technology, applied technology and social engineering.He is a member of the graduate faculty in both the Master of Public Administration and Master of Digital Forensics and Cyber Security program at John Jay. He regularly teaches two graduate courses at John Jay: Information Security, and a course examining the role technology plays in the inspection and oversight community, the latter which he has also taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a member of the Association of Inspectors General, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society for Criminology, and the American Society for Public Administration.
In 2020 along with two co-principal investigators, he was awarded a three year $600,000 grant from the National Institute of Justice to study fentanyl sales on the dark web and provide software solutions to the Department of Justice to combat the opioid epidemic. In 2022 Professor Wandt, as a co-principal investigator, was awarded two grants from the United States Department of Justice, providing approximately $2,000,000 in funding to educate and train US law enforcement personnel in cyber related issues and provide tools to enable them to conduct advanced cyber forensic investigations.
Appointed as an Instructor by the Association of Inspectors’ General in 2012, Professor Wandt is responsible for the curriculum and certification in digital evidence resources and social media investigations for the Certified Inspector General (CIG) institute. He is also responsible for the curriculum and certification in digital evidence, digital forensics, social media investigations, mobile device investigations, and cloud forensics in the Certified Inspector General Investigator (CIGI) institute.