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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.






Congratulations May 2023 ISR graduates!

Here's a list of May graduates with ISR ties---at all degree levels.

New book by Jeffrey Herrmann: Metareasoning for Robots

The state-of-the-art resource will be useful to robotics researchers and engineers.

New algorithms for multi-robot systems in low communication situations

Work by Clark School faculty, alumni and students is published on IEEE Access.

ArtIAMAS receives third-year funding of up to $15.1M

The ArtIAMAS cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory conducts research focused on safe, effective, and resilient capabilities and technologies that work intelligently and cooperatively with each other and humans.

Congratulations ISR Spring 2022 graduates!

We congratulate graduates at all levels who have ISR advisors!

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ISR advisors graduated 22 Ph.D., 2 M.S., and 4 M.S.S.E. new alumni in December!

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.

Congratulations, May 2021 ISR graduates!

Institute for Systems Research faculty advised PhD, MS, BS and 12 MSSE students who graduated in May 2021.

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.

ISR faculty leading, playing key roles in ARL cooperative agreement

The $68M 'ARTIAMAS' research agreement features faculty from UMD and UMBC.

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.

Jeffrey Herrmann's predictive modeling work

Learn about Herrmann's current work helping higher education institutions make COVID-19 decisions, and about the free clinic planning software he has available.

UMD developing COVID-19 decision making tools for colleges

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

MRC Researchers to Present 16 Papers at ICRA 2020

International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2020 will be held online from May 31st to August 31st. MRC researchers will be presenting 16 papers at this conference.  

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.

Workshop focuses on needs of autonomous agent networks

Participants addressed infrastructure requirements of algorithm development and testing for these networks.

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.

ISR, ECE, CS, UMIACS faculty present 12 talks at Northrop Grumman University Research Symposium

ISR faculty's eight presentations are in machine learning, science of test, cybersecurity, and IoT sensing.

Khaligh, Rudnick-Cohen win 2019 ISR awards

The awards were given at ISR’s Welcome Back Reception and Awards Ceremony.

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.

ISR remembers George Reynolds

The longtime Northrop Grumman friend of ISR has passed away at age 73.

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.

Jeffrey Herrmann promoted to full professor

Herrmann is known for his work applying operations research to engineering decision-making systems, manufacturing and public health preparedness.

New book by Jeffrey Herrmann: Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management

The book emphasizes practical issues and examples of decision making.

Herrmann receives NSF grant for problem decomposition in facility design

Herrmann will conduct fundamental research into how teams of engineers solve medical and factory facility design problems.

ENES 489P students participate in systems engineering design conference

"Solar Powered Campus Lighting" team wins top prize awarded by ManTech International Corp.

Herrmann named SHS Diplomate

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

Jeffrey Herrmann co-chairs Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference

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

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.

Herrmann talks to Infection Control Today about mass vaccination clinics

Clinic drills will help public health officials prepare for future emergencies.

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.

REU students spending summer in research

The 12 undergraduate students are participating in NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

'eMedCheck' Aids Public Health Workers in Dispensing Antibiotics

Herrmann team develops PDA software for emergency situations.

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.

Grad student Sean Gahagan wins best paper award

Student of Jeffrey Herrmann will present his paper at Institute of Industrial Engineers conference in May.

New ISR Systems Solutions available online

Latest ISR newsletter highlights 20 years of research achievements

Flu Clinic Software Required by CDC

Herrmann's groundbreaking mass vaccination model to be used nationally.

Herrmann new associate editor of ASME journal

Journal of Mechanical Design names ISR faculty member to post

Twelve REU students welcomed

Summer experience gives undergrads the opportunity to work with ISR researchers

Herrmann edits new production scheduling book

Associate Professor Jeffrey Herrmann(ME/ISR) is the editor of a new book, Handbook of Production Scheduling, published by Springer.

Herrmann receives NACo Award

Associate Professor Jeffrey Herrmann (ME/ISR) received the NACo Achievement Award for his leadership in mass vaccination clinic operations.

Herrmann speaks to IBM TJ Watson Research Center

ISR professor talks about mass vaccination clinic work

Herrmann's mass vaccination clinic research covered extensively in the media

Print, broadcast and web reporters tie research to clinics for flu season, possible epidemics

Herrmann's clinic planning software available for free download

Easy-to-use spreadsheet helps health officials plan for mass vaccination, other emergency clinics

Fitzgerald wins ASME/NSF Design Essay Competition

Grad student is advised by Herrmann and Schmidt

Herrmann's clinic model research lauded by NACCHO

Association for health officials highlights work in newsletter

Two grad students awarded ARCS Scholarships

Brian Morgan and Daniel Fitzgerald are both talented researchers

Herrmann team conducts research at TOPOFF 3

Time study will help organizers of mass dispensing clinics during disasters

Daniel Fitzgerald wins ARCS Scholarship

ISR grad student helps develop design for environment process for Black & Decker.

Jeffrey Herrmann, students assist in mass vaccination drill

July 2004—ISR associate professor and Research Experiences for Undergraduates students use timestamps to track congestion and flow at mock clinic.

Herrmann, Schmidt and Sandborn awarded NSF PREMISE grant

Research will apply decision production systems to improve environmentally responsible product development

Admaitis, Herrmann, Schmidt and Walsh receive tenure

The four ISR faculty members were also promoted to associate professor status

ISR awarded grant for combined research and curriculum development in systems engineering

Faculty team to develop, widely disseminate, and evaluate an information-centric systems engineering curriculum