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Herrmann, Jeffrey

Herrmann, Jeffrey

Faculty member, Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation (AMSC) Program
Director, Graduate Program in Reliability Engineering
Director of Education Programs, ISR
Mechanical Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research
Center for Risk and Reliability
Maryland Robotics Center
0151B Glenn L. Martin Hall

Dr. Herrmann earned his B.S. in applied mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology and was 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.

He has worked on applied research projects supported by NSF, NIST, ONR, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, Harris Semiconductor, Northrop Grumman Electronic Sensors and Systems Division, Black & Decker, and other manufacturers in the state of Maryland.

His publications cover topics in production scheduling, engineering design, and operations research for public health preparedness. His current research interests include operations research for homeland security and emergency preparedness and health care systems engineering.

Dr. Herrmann won the 2003 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Jiri Tlusty Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award.

Honors and Awards 

Professional society awards

IIE/Joint Publishers Book of the Year Award, Institute of Industrial Engineers, 2016

for the book Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management

Young faculty awards

Society of Manufacturing Engineers Jiri Tlusty Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, 2003


Ph.D., University of Florida, 1993


Dr. Herrmann's research aims to understand, model and improve decision making. Projects include decision making in product development, safe and efficient UAS operations, emergency preparedness and health care systems, manufacturing process planning and design, production planning and scheduling, manufacturing system design, simulation of manufacturing systems, manufacturing operations and processes.

  • ENME 426: Production Management
  • ENME 607 / ENRE 671: Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management





Herrmann, Jeffrey W., Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2015.



  • Abbey, Rachel L., Katherine A. Aaby, and J.W. Herrmann, Planning and Managing Mass Prophylaxis Clinic Operations, in Handbook of Healthcare Operations Management, Brian T. Denton, editor, Springer, New York, 2013.
  • Leber, Dennis D., and J.W. Herrmann, Decision Analysis Methods for Selecting Consumer Services with Attribute Value Uncertainty, in Risk Assessment and Evaluation of Predictions, M.-L. T. Lee, M. Gail, R. Pfeiffer, G. Satten, T. Cai, and A. Gandy, editors, Lecture Notes in Statistics, Volume 210, pages 405-424, Springer, New York, 2013.






NSF grant will further planning for collaborative autonomy testing infrastructure

This project will plan a more ideal research infrastructure for roboticists and experts in modeling, simulation, testing, evaluation and software engineering.

UMD, UMBC, ARL Announce Cooperative Agreement to Accelerate AI, Autonomy in Complex Environments

The agreement leverages Maryland's national leadership in engineering, robotics, computer science, operations research, modeling and simulation, and cybersecurity.

With MIPS funding, Herrmann and Azarm developing algorithm for ice forecasting app

Work will help route ice-sensing UAV fleets to problematic roads; take weather conditions into account.

Herrmann helping UMMS design and refine vaccination clinics

Operations research expert is building predictive mathematical models that will aid clinic planning teams with their decision making.

UMD developing COVID-19 decision making tools for colleges

NSF funding will lead to new risk management models for safe and effective reopening

Public health planners: Free resources for emergency health clinics

Downloadable software developed by Herrmann and colleagues aids in planning clinic design, surges, vaccination allocation and alternative care sites.

Clark School researchers test decentralized task allocation algorithms for UAV teams

Paper published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters evaluates UAV team communication performance in imperfect communication conditions.

Alumni Underscore Value of Design for Sustainability Class

Matt Eshed, Dan Fitzgerald, and Lewis Morgante have been sponsoring course projects and mentoring students.

Clark School team wins AFRL funding for swarm autonomy planning and metareasoning

The researchers will develop and evaluate hybrid centralized and decentralized multi-agent task allocation methods.

Spotlight on NAVAIR-Funded Research at Maryland

Cooperative agreement between UMD and NAWCAD helps support research projects in Mechanical Engineering.

Herrmann to lead 'Design Innovations' stream for UMD's first-year 'FIRE' program

Students will study how designers work on systems design problems.

Herrmann wins IIE book award for Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management

The award is given for "an outstanding published book that focuses on a facet of industrial engineering, improves education, or furthers the profession."

Two Mechanical Engineering Professors Named PROMISE Mentors

Professors Bruck and Herrmann nominated as AGEP PROMISE Outstanding Faculty Mentors.

Herrmann Promoted to Professor

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Jeffrey Herrmann promoted to Professor.

Herrmann Publishes New Book, Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Jeffrey Herrmann publishes new book, Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management.

Herrmann named SHS Diplomate

Society for Health Systems (IIE) bestows honor "for contributions to healthcare operations research."

Student Awards, Fellowship Campaign Announced at Reliability Alumni Meeting

Faculty, staff presented awards, fundraising campaign for additional fellowship as part of next year’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Associate Professor Jeffrey Herrmann Edits Book on Homeland Security

Book addresses terrorist attacks, emergency preparation, and disaster recovery.

Jeffrey Herrmann co-chairs Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference

ISERC is the premier research conference of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

DeWALT Donates Tools, Equipment to Mechanical Engineering Department

Longtime ME supporter provides the department with tools to build the future.

Jeffrey Herrmann gives presentation to Institute on Medicine committee

Clinic planning expert spoke about new models of emergency public health preparedness.

Graduate student William Herring wins SHS best graduate paper prize

Herring honored for his work on surgery scheduling.

Graduate student William Herring honored by INFORMS health applications section

Student noted for paper on single-day surgery scheduling.

Herrmann's clinic model used at UMD mass vaccination drill

University tests its preparedness for large-scale outbreaks.

Herrmann group develops Vaccine Allocation Model v.1.4

Tool will aid public health officials in mass vaccinations against the H1N1 (swine) flu.

Texas public health officials find eMedCheck cuts screening time in half

Software tool developed by Jeffrey Hermann's research team used in mass vaccination clinic.

Herrmann interviewed for WTOP news radio

National Academy of Engineering's Randy Atkins talks with the professor about planning for mass vaccination clinics.

Herrmann's Clinic Planning Model Generator software mentioned in swine flu article

MIT's Technology Review web site talks about how technology could aid in treating the disease.

Herrmann, Hoy win IEST Maurice Simpson Award

The pair is honored for their paper on optimal utilization of test facilities to replicate operational environments.

FederalNewsRadio covers ISR Systems Seminar on the Air Force tanker selection process

Reporter Max Cacas interviews Jeffrey Herrmann and GAO's Michael Golden.

Jeffrey Herrmann named IIE Transactions departmental editor

He will edit homeland security section for the journal's "focused issue."

Herrmann Receives 'Innovator of the Year' Award

His Clinic Planning Model Generator is used by public health departments across the country.

Herrmann develops public health emergency preparedness blog

Planners and researchers can share information about public health emergency preparedness and modeling.

New Clinic Surge Planning Model software released

The model is designed for short-duration, high-volume clinics.

Herrmann Joins QUEST Honors Fellows Program as Associate Director

Multidisciplinary experience enhances undergraduate experience at College Park campus.

Herrmann tapes video for Centers for Disease Control

Segment highlights his work with mass dispensing/vaccination clinics.

Mechanical Engineering Recognizes Faculty Accomplishments

Edward B. Magrab honored at reception recognizing distinguished service to campus and department.

Herrmann Named Associate Editor of ASME Journal

Associate Professor Jeffrey Herrmann was recently named as one of seven new Associate Editors for ASME Journal.

U of M Researcher Provides Shot in the Arm to Flu Clinics

Partnership with Montgomery Co. Leads to Evaluation System Available Worldwide

Two ME Grad Students Finalists in Business Plan Competition

Rohit Kumar and Alok Priyadarshi and their start-up company, Terplicators Inc., are Finalists in Business Plan Competition.

Prof. Herrmann Speaks to National Defense Univ. Students

Talk was held on Monday, April 21, 2003.

ASME Meeting Participants Tour Chesapeake Building

Tour was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2003.

Jeffrey Herrmann Selected to Receive SME Award

Dr. Herrmann will receive this award at one of the Society's major events in May.

Herrmann, Schmidt and Sandborn Awarded NSF PREMISE Grant

The NSF PREMISE grant project begins January 1, 2003, and runs until June 30, 2004.

Industrial College of the Armed Forces Students Visit

The students were hosted by Assoc. Prof. Jeffrey Herrmann and were welcomed by Department Chairman Avram Bar-Cohen.

Inaugural Pi Tau Sigma Award Presented to Jeffrey Herrmann

Dr. Herrmann was chosen to be the recipient of this award in recognition of his sensitivity towards the events of September 11.

5 ME Faculty Present Posters at ISR Research Review Day

ME Faculty showcased their research at the poster session of today's ISR Research Review Day.

Up & Coming — Sara Hewitt

Sara Hewitt recently developed a computer interface that enhances commercially available discrete event simulation software.

Eight Mechanical Engineering Faculty Present at ASME Conference

Eight faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering attended, presented, and were divisional chairs at the 2001 ASME Conference.

2001 NSF Design, Service & Manufacturing Grantees & Research Conference Faculty Presentations

Five ME faculty present their research at the 2001 NSF Design, Service & Manufacturing Grantees & Research Conference.