Faculty member, Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation (AMSC) Program
Director, Graduate Program in Reliability Engineering
Director of Education Programs, ISR
The Institute for Systems Research
Center for Risk and Reliability
Maryland Robotics Center
Herrmann home page
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
American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
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, J.W., Michael Morency, Azrah Anparasan, and Erica Gralla, Evaluating Clustering Algorithms for Identifying Design Subproblems, Journal of Mechanical Design, Volume 140, pages 081401-1-12, August 2018. doi:10.1115/1.4040176.
- Gralla, Erica L., Jeffrey W. Herrmann, and Michael Morency, Design problem decomposition: an empirical study of small teams of facility designers, Research in Engineering Design, 2018, doi:10.1007/s00163-018-0300-0.
- Haynes, Staunton, Jeffrey W. Herrmann, and Paul Zimmerman, Using Discrete Event Simulation to Improve Aircraft Engine Reliability Forecasts, 2018 Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS), Reno, Nevada, January 22-25, 2018.
- Rudnick-Cohen, Eliot, Jeffrey W. Herrmann, and Shapour Azarm, Feasibility Robust Optimization via Scenario Generation and Reduction, DETC2018-85990, Proceedings of the ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC2018), Quebec City, Quebec, August 26-29, 2018.
- Herrmann, Jeffrey W., Rational Decision Making, in Wiley StatsRef: Statistics Reference Online, DOI: 10.1002/9781118445112.stat07928, published online February 15, 2017.
- Shuggi, Isabelle M., Patricia A. Shewokis, J.W. Herrmann, and Rodolphe Gentili, Changes in motor performance and mental workload during learning of reaching movements: a team dynamics perspective, Experimental Brain Research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-017-5136-8.
- Morency, Michael, Azrah Anparasan, Jeffrey W. Herrmann, and Erica L. Gralla, Using Clustering Algorithms to Identify Subproblems in Design Processes, in Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED17), Volume 2: Design Processes, August 21-25, 2017, Vancouver, Canada.
- Rudnick-Cohen, Eliot S., Jeffrey W. Herrmann, and Shapour Azarm. Risk-Based Path Planning Optimization Methods For UAVs Over Inhabited Areas. ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 16(2), 021004, 2016. doi:10.1115/1.4033235.
- Leber, Dennis D., and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Sequential Sample Allocation for Multiple Attribute Selection Decisions, Proceedings of the 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, H. Yang, Z. Kong, and MD Sarder, eds., Anaheim, California, May 22-25, 2016.
- Azhar, Azrah, Erica L. Gralla, Connor Tobias, and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Identification of Subproblems in Complex Design Problems: A Study of Facility Design, IDETC2016-60397, Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2016, August 21-24, 2016, Charlotte, North Carolina.
- Herrmann, Jeffrey W., Decision Making in Course Design, IDETC2016-59047, Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2016, August 21-24, 2016, Charlotte, North Carolina.
Herrmann, Jeffrey W., Engineering Decision Making and Risk Management, John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey, 2015.
- Tamburello, Robert N., and J.W. Herrmann, A simulation-based approach to determine the evaluation adequacy of system-of-systems operational test configurations, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part O: Journal of Risk and Reliability, Volume 229, Number 1, pages 46-51, 2015.
- Fitzgerald, Daniel P., Thornton H. Gogoll, Linda C. Schmidt, J.W. Herrmann, and Peter A. Sandborn, Design-for-Environment Processes and Tools, in Mechanical Engineers' Handbook, Volume 2, Design, Instrumentation, and Controls, 4th Edition, Myer Kutz (Editor), Wiley, 2015.
- Herrmann, J.W., William Rand, Brandon Schein, and Neza Vodopivec, An Agent-Based Model of Urgent Diffusion in Social Media, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Volume 18, Number 2, Page 1, March 31, 2015.
- King, Kylie G., and J.W. Herrmann, Defining and Assessing the Learning Outcomes of a Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Honors Program, Quality Approaches in Higher Education, Volume 6, Number 1, February, 2015.
- Herrmann, Jeffrey W., Predicting the Performance of a Design Team Using a Markov Chain Model, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Volume 62, Number 4, pages 507-516, 2015.
- Goodell, Kylie King, and J.W. Herrmann, Assessing the Learning Outcomes of a Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Honors Program, Proceedings of the 2014 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Y. Guan and H. Liao, eds., Montreal, Canada, June 1-3, 2014.
- Gralla, Erica L., and J.W. Herrmann, Design Team Decision Processes in Facility Design, Proceedings of the 2014 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Y. Guan and H. Liao, eds., Montreal, Canada, June 1-3, 2014.
- Leber, Dennis D., and J.W. Herrmann, Resource Allocation for Selection Decisions with Measurement Uncertainty, Proceedings of the 2014 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, Y. Guan and H. Liao, eds., Montreal, Canada, June 1-3, 2014.
- Leber, Dennis D., and J.W. Herrmann, Sample Allocation for Multiple Attribute Selection Problems, Proceedings of the 2014 Winter Simulation Conference, A. Tolk, S.D. Diallo, I.O. Ryzhov, L. Yilmaz, S. Buckley, and J.A. Miller, eds., Savannah, Georgia, December 7-10, 2014.
- 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.
- Herring, William L., and J.W. Herrmann, The Single-Day Surgery Scheduling Problem: Sequential Decision-Making and Threshold-Based Heuristics, OR Spectrum, Volume 34, Number 2, pages 429-459, 2012.
- Herrmann, J.W., Finding Optimally Balanced Words for Production Planning and Maintenance Scheduling, IIE Transactions, Volume 44, Number 3, pages 215-229, 2012.
- Herrmann, Jeffrey W., Using Aggregation to Construct Periodic Policies for Routing Jobs to Parallel Servers with Deterministic Service Times, Journal of Scheduling, Volume 15, Number 2, pages 181-192, 2012. DOI: 10.1007/s10951-010-0209-6.
- Herrmann, Jeffrey W., editor, Handbook of Operations Research for Homeland Security, Springer, New York, 2012.
- Herring, William L., and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, "A stochastic dynamic program for the single-day surgery scheduling problem", IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering, 1:4, pages 213-225, 2011. (See also paper at journal website.)
- Herring, William L., and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, "The single-day surgery scheduling problem: sequential decision-making and threshold-based heuristics", OR Spectrum, DOI: 10.1007/s00291-011-0270-3. (See also paper at journal website.)
- Herrmann, Jeffrey W., "Using Aggregation to Reduce Response Time Variability in Cyclic Fair Sequences", Journal of Scheduling, Volume 14, pages 39-55, 2011, DOI 10.1007/s10951-009-0127-7.
- Strunz, Richard, and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, "Reliability as an Independent Variable Applied to Liquid Rocket Engine Hot Fire Test Plans", Journal of Propulsion and Power, Volume 27, Number 5, pages 1032-1044, 2011.
- Strunz, Richard, and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, "A Reliability As an Independent Variable (RAIV) methodology for optimizing test planning for liquid rocket engines", CEAS Space Journal, Volume 2, Numbers 1-4, pages 17-30, 2011.
- Herrmann, Jeffrey W., "Using Aggregation to Construct Periodic Policies for Routing Jobs to Parallel Servers with Deterministic Service Times", to appear in Journal of Scheduling. DOI: 10.1007/s10951-010-0209-6. Now available at Online First.
- Herrmann, Jeffrey W., "The Perspectives of Taylor, Gantt, and Johnson: How to Improve Production Scheduling", International Journal of Operations and Quality Management, Volume 16, Number 3, pages 243-254, September, 2010.
- Herrmann, Jeffrey W., "Progressive Design Processes and Bounded Rational Designers", Journal of Mechanical Design, August 2010, Volume 132, Issue 8, 081005 (8 pages). doi:10.1115/1.4001902 (view on JMD web site)
- Fitzgerald, Daniel P., Jeffrey W. Herrmann, and Linda C. Schmidt, "A Conceptual Design Tool for Resolving Conflicts Between Product Functionality and Environmental Impact", Journal of Mechanical Design, September 2010, Volume 132, Issue 9, 091006 (11 pages). doi:10.1115/1.4002144 (view on JMD web site)
- Karimian, Peyman, and J.W. Herrmann, Separating Design Optimization Problems to form Decision-Based Design Processes, Journal of Mechanical Design, Volume 131, Issue 1, 011007 (8 pages), January 2009.
- Aughenbaugh, Jason M., and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, A Comparison of Statistical Approaches for Assessing Reliability, International Journal of Reliability and Safety, Volume 2, Number 4, pages 265-285, 2008.
- Aughenbaugh, Jason M., and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Reliability-Based Decision-Making: A Comparison of Statistical Approaches, Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice, Volume 3, Number 1, pages 289-304, March 2009.
- Herrmann, J.W., Design Optimization with Imprecise Random Variables, 2009 SAE World Congress, Detroit, Michigan, April 20-23, 2009.
- Aughenbaugh, Jason M., and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Information Management for Estimating System Reliability using Imprecise Probabilities and Precise Bayesian Updating, International Journal of Reliability and Safety, Volume 3, Numbers 1/2/3, pages 35-56, 2009.
- Herrmann, Jeffrey W., Disseminating Emergency Preparedness Planning Models as Automatically Generated Custom Spreadsheets, Interfaces, Volume 38, Number 4, pages 263-270, 2008.
- Hoy, Timothy W., and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Optimal utilization of test facilities to replicate operational environments, Journal of the IEST, Volume 51, Number 2, pages 10-19, 2008.
- Chincholkar, Mandar, and Jeffrey W. Herrmann, Estimating manufacturing cycle time and throughput in flow shops with process drift and inspection, International Journal of Production Research, Volume 46, Issue 24 December 2008 , pages 7057 - 7072.
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 RobotsThe state-of-the-art resource will be useful to robotics researchers and engineers.
New algorithms for multi-robot systems in low communication situationsWork by Clark School faculty, alumni and students is published on IEEE Access.
ArtIAMAS receives third-year funding of up to $15.1MThe 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!
Congratulations to our December 2021 ISR graduates!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 infrastructureThis 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 EnvironmentsThe 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 agreementThe $68M 'ARTIAMAS' research agreement features faculty from UMD and UMBC.
With MIPS funding, Herrmann and Azarm developing algorithm for ice forecasting appWork will help route ice-sensing UAV fleets to problematic roads; take weather conditions into account.
Herrmann helping UMMS design and refine vaccination clinicsOperations research expert is building predictive mathematical models that will aid clinic planning teams with their decision making.
Jeffrey Herrmann's predictive modeling workLearn 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 collegesNSF funding will lead to new risk management models for safe and effective reopening
MRC Researchers to Present 16 Papers at ICRA 2020International 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 clinicsDownloadable 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 networksParticipants addressed infrastructure requirements of algorithm development and testing for these networks.
Clark School researchers test decentralized task allocation algorithms for UAV teamsPaper 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 SymposiumISR faculty's eight presentations are in machine learning, science of test, cybersecurity, and IoT sensing.
Khaligh, Rudnick-Cohen win 2019 ISR awardsThe awards were given at ISR’s Welcome Back Reception and Awards Ceremony.
Clark School team wins AFRL funding for swarm autonomy planning and metareasoningThe researchers will develop and evaluate hybrid centralized and decentralized multi-agent task allocation methods.
ISR remembers George ReynoldsThe longtime Northrop Grumman friend of ISR has passed away at age 73.
Herrmann to lead 'Design Innovations' stream for UMD's first-year 'FIRE' programStudents will study how designers work on systems design problems.
Herrmann wins IIE book award for Engineering Decision Making and Risk ManagementThe 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 MentorsProfessors Bruck and Herrmann nominated as AGEP PROMISE Outstanding Faculty Mentors.
Jeffrey Herrmann promoted to full professorHerrmann 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 ManagementThe book emphasizes practical issues and examples of decision making.
Herrmann receives NSF grant for problem decomposition in facility designHerrmann 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 DiplomateSociety for Health Systems (IIE) bestows honor "for contributions to healthcare operations research."
Jeffrey Herrmann co-chairs Industrial and Systems Engineering Research ConferenceISERC is the premier research conference of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.
Jeffrey Herrmann gives presentation to Institute on Medicine committeeClinic planning expert spoke about new models of emergency public health preparedness.
Graduate student William Herring wins SHS best graduate paper prizeHerring honored for his work on surgery scheduling.
Herrmann talks to Infection Control Today about mass vaccination clinicsClinic drills will help public health officials prepare for future emergencies.
Graduate student William Herring honored by INFORMS health applications sectionStudent noted for paper on single-day surgery scheduling.
Herrmann's clinic model used at UMD mass vaccination drillUniversity tests its preparedness for large-scale outbreaks.
Herrmann group develops Vaccine Allocation Model v.1.4Tool will aid public health officials in mass vaccinations against the H1N1 (swine) flu.
Texas public health officials find eMedCheck cuts screening time in halfSoftware tool developed by Jeffrey Hermann's research team used in mass vaccination clinic.
Herrmann interviewed for WTOP news radioNational 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 articleMIT's Technology Review web site talks about how technology could aid in treating the disease.
Herrmann, Hoy win IEST Maurice Simpson AwardThe 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 processReporter Max Cacas interviews Jeffrey Herrmann and GAO's Michael Golden.
Jeffrey Herrmann named IIE Transactions departmental editorHe will edit homeland security section for the journal's "focused issue."
Herrmann Receives 'Innovator of the Year' AwardHis Clinic Planning Model Generator is used by public health departments across the country.
REU students spending summer in researchThe 12 undergraduate students are participating in NSF's Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.
'eMedCheck' Aids Public Health Workers in Dispensing AntibioticsHerrmann team develops PDA software for emergency situations.
Herrmann develops public health emergency preparedness blogPlanners and researchers can share information about public health emergency preparedness and modeling.
New Clinic Surge Planning Model software releasedThe model is designed for short-duration, high-volume clinics.
Herrmann Joins QUEST Honors Fellows Program as Associate DirectorMultidisciplinary experience enhances undergraduate experience at College Park campus.
Herrmann tapes video for Centers for Disease ControlSegment highlights his work with mass dispensing/vaccination clinics.
Grad student Sean Gahagan wins best paper awardStudent of Jeffrey Herrmann will present his paper at Institute of Industrial Engineers conference in May.
New ISR Systems Solutions available onlineLatest ISR newsletter highlights 20 years of research achievements
Flu Clinic Software Required by CDCHerrmann's groundbreaking mass vaccination model to be used nationally.
Herrmann new associate editor of ASME journalJournal of Mechanical Design names ISR faculty member to post
Twelve REU students welcomedSummer experience gives undergrads the opportunity to work with ISR researchers
Herrmann edits new production scheduling bookAssociate Professor Jeffrey Herrmann(ME/ISR) is the editor of a new book, Handbook of Production Scheduling, published by Springer.
Herrmann receives NACo AwardAssociate 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 CenterISR professor talks about mass vaccination clinic work
Herrmann's mass vaccination clinic research covered extensively in the mediaPrint, broadcast and web reporters tie research to clinics for flu season, possible epidemics
Herrmann's clinic planning software available for free downloadEasy-to-use spreadsheet helps health officials plan for mass vaccination, other emergency clinics
Fitzgerald wins ASME/NSF Design Essay CompetitionGrad student is advised by Herrmann and Schmidt
Herrmann's clinic model research lauded by NACCHOAssociation for health officials highlights work in newsletter
Two grad students awarded ARCS ScholarshipsBrian Morgan and Daniel Fitzgerald are both talented researchers
Herrmann team conducts research at TOPOFF 3Time study will help organizers of mass dispensing clinics during disasters
Daniel Fitzgerald wins ARCS ScholarshipISR grad student helps develop design for environment process for Black & Decker.
Jeffrey Herrmann, students assist in mass vaccination drillJuly 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 grantResearch will apply decision production systems to improve environmentally responsible product development
Admaitis, Herrmann, Schmidt and Walsh receive tenureThe four ISR faculty members were also promoted to associate professor status
ISR awarded grant for combined research and curriculum development in systems engineeringFaculty team to develop, widely disseminate, and evaluate an information-centric systems engineering curriculum
- MIPS: Routing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Detecting Highway Surface Conditions in Winter Weather
- ARTIAMAS Cooperative Agreement
- NSF: Planning Infrastructure for Collaborative Autonomy Testing
- NSF: Infrastructure for Collaborative Autonomy Testing
- Protecting University Communities from COVID-19 with Model-Based Risk Management
- NSF Collaborative Research: Observing, Analyzing and Modeling Design-Team Problem-Decompositions in Facility Design
- Risk-Based Path Optimization for UAVs Operating over Inhabited Areas
- Model-Based Systems Engineering
- Improving public health preparedness with systems engineering
- Materials, Nano, & Bio Research for Systems
- Simulation-Based Methods for Control and Optimization
- Improving Public Health Preparedness
- Separating Product Design Optimization
- Planning Models for Mass Dispensing and Vaccination Clinics
- Separating Engineering Design Optimization Problems
- Planning Models for Mass Vaccination and Dispensing Clinics
- Improving Decision-Making for Environmentally Responsible Product Development
- Design For Production: Using Manufacturing Cycle Time Information to Improve Product Development
- Discrete Event Simulation For Manufacturing Systems And Supply Chains