Jeremy M. Gernand

jgernand [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu


Goals and Interests:


Develop and improve the process of reliability, risk, and safety analysis for complex engineered systems, including the ability to quantitatively learn from incomplete and uncertain real world data sets.

Develop mathematical risk modeling techniques to probabilistically inform product and system design decisions that affect the health and safety of workers and consumers, the environment, and the economic status of firms.




PhD     Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013 (expected)

M.S.     Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, 2007

B.S.      Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1998


Professional Experience:


2009 – Present   Research Assistant, Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

                             Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA


Developed mathematical models utilizing machine learning techniques to predict the in vivo toxicity risk potential of inhaled nanoparticles based on chemical and physical characteristics while relying on an uncertain and incomplete data set.


2012                     Summer Research Associate

                             RAND Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA


Developed statistical algorithms to identify reliability problems with different US Army vehicles and part suppliers without knowledge of the underlying usage rate for each vehicle and using only data from warehouse orders to differentiate between quality issues and high use rates.


2008 – 2009         Program Administrator

                             Johns Hopkins University, The JiVitA Project, Rangpur, Bangladesh


Facilitated program management and communications between host country professional team and investigative faculty in US for a large public health research study.


2006 – 2008         Senior Reliability Engineer

                             Northrop Grumman, Electronic Systems Division, Baltimore, MD


Directed analysis effort for an automated postal sorting system and radar system components including reliability/availability prediction (# of failures per year of operation), failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), and a reliability centered maintenance (RCM) plan using a customized analysis tool that combined multiple data sources to identify potential system design problems.


2000 – 2006         Safety and Reliability Engineer

                             Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Houston, TX


Led a team of engineers analyzing the safety hazards and failure risks of new hardware for NASA’s International Space Station program including environmental monitoring devices, microgravity countermeasures for crew health, and emergency medical equipment.

Led independent investigation of cracks discovered in structural polymer application in Shuttle wing instrumentation making recommendations on testing programs to verify safety.



2000 – 2006         Safety and Reliability Engineer , SAIC, continued


Developed reliability and safety test plans and analyzed and validated results. Conducted investigations of reported field failures and recommended mitigation strategies.

Conducted internal training courses in Structural Hazards, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, and System Reliability Analysis, as well as coordinating the department training program for new employees.


1998 2000         Math and Physics Teacher

                             U.S. Peace Corps, Kankalabé, Guinea, West Africa


Taught 9th, 11th, and 12th grade Mathematics and 12th grade Physics in French. Managed a school renovation project that resulted in 3 additional classrooms, and directed the pilot phase of a national environmental science project in 8 schools across Guinea.




Bayazitoglu Y. and Gernand J. “Spiral Microreformer Assembly.” U.S. Patent 8,034,134.
11 Oct 2011.




Gernand J. and Casman E. “Selecting Nanoparticle Properties to Mitigate Risks to Workers and the Public – A Machine Learning Modeling Framework to Compare Pulmonary Toxicity Risks of Nanomaterials.” In Review.

Gernand J. and Casman E. “A Meta-Analysis of Carbon Nanotube Toxicity Experiments – How Physical Dimensions and Purity Affect the Toxicity of Carbon Nanotubes.” In Review.

Gernand J. and Bayazitoglu Y. “Spiral Methanol to Hydrogen Micro-Reformer for Fuel Cell Applications.” Heat Transfer Engineering. 30(14): 1188-1196. Dec. 2009.

Gernand J. “Mitigating crew health degradation during long term exposure to microgravity through countermeasure system implementation”. Proc. of IMECE2004. No. 59029. Nov. 2004.


Honors and Awards:


Bertucci Graduate Fellowship, Dec. 2012

Bushnell Fellowship in Engineering, Jan. 2012

Prim Narain Srivastava Legacy Fellowship, Jan. 2011

Student Merit Award, Society for Risk Assessment, Nanoscale Materials Group, Dec. 2010

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship – Honorable Mention, Apr. 2010

CIT Dean’s Fellowship, Carnegie Mellon University, Sept. 2009

Northrop Grumman President’s Leadership Award—Division Level, Mar. 2008

NASA Quality Assurance Special Achievement Recognition (QASAR)—JSC, Oct. 2002

NASA Group Achievement Award (CEVIS Fire Failure Investigation Team), Sept. 2002

Professional Memberships:


Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), since 2000

Member of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), since 2010


Computer Skills:


Matlab (8 years), R (3 years), Analytica (1 year), @Risk (2 years), SAS (1 year), MS Excel with Visual Basic for Applications (5 years), Relex (2 years), MS Access with Visual Basic for Applications (2 years), Visual Basic (3 years), SolidWorks (2 years), Python (1 year)