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
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
Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), since 2000
Member of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), since 2010
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)