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Jeffrey W. Herrmann

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Biographical Sketch

Jeffrey W. Herrmann is a professor at the University of Maryland, where he holds a joint appointment with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research. He is a member of Society of Catholic Scientists, IISE, ASME, the Design Society, and INFORMS. In 2012 he and Gino Lim were the conference chairs for the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference.

Dr. Herrmann earned his B.S. in applied mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 1990 to 1993, he received his Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida. His dissertation investigated production scheduling problems motivated by semiconductor manufacturing. He held a post-doctoral research position in the Institute for Systems Research from 1993 to 1995.

Dr. Herrmann's research, service, and teaching activities have established him as a leader in the following areas: (1) developing novel mathematical models to improve public health preparedness, (2) describing and modeling engineering design decision-making processes, and (3) using risk-based techniques to improve path planning for autonomous systems. He has published 116 journal papers and refereed conference papers and fifteen book chapters, co-authored an engineering design textbook, edited two handbooks, and authored a textbook on engineering decision making and risk management. In December, 2017, these works had been cited over 3,000 times, according to Google Scholar. Dr. Herrmann and his colleagues have been awarded over $6 million in research contracts and grants, including four research awards from NSF. He has advised nine Ph.D. dissertations and 29 M.S. theses. In 2003, Dr. Herrmann received the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Jiri Tlusty Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award; in 2013, he was named a Diplomate of the Society for Health Systems. In 2016, his textbook won the IIE/Joint Publishers Book of the Year award.

Education and Employment History

  • Graduate, Plant City High School, Plant City, Florida, 1985.
  • President's Scholar, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985-1990.
  • B.S., Applied Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1990.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, University of Florida, 1990-1993.
  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Florida, 1993.
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, 1993-1995.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, 1995-2001.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, 2001-2015.
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, 2015 to present.

When I was a graduate student in the University of Florida Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, my advisor was Professor Chung-Yee Lee, who is now Professor Emeritus at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

During 2018, I had the privilege of spending a sabbatical working with the autonomous systems engineers in the AI Lab at the Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division at NAS Patuxent River.

Awards and Honors


Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management explores technical topics.

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Last updated on December 29, 2020.