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Jeremy M. Gernand, PhD, CRE, CSP
Assistant Professor | Environmental Health and Safety Engineering
John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
121 Hosler Building | University Park, PA 16802 | jmgernand
[at] psu [dot] edu | 814.865.5861

I arrived at Penn State in August 2013, following the completion of my Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. I previously spent 8 years as a Safety and Reliability Engineer in the aerospace and defense industries working on projects ranging from astronaut exercise equipment and air quality monitors to aircraft radar and mail sorting machines.

My research utilizes data mining and modeling methods to investigate critically un- or under-explored questions regarding environmental health and safety (EHS) policy. Some of my current and recent research investigates the risks posed to people and the environment by emissions of ultrafine particles or nanoparticles and the evaluation of different policies to reduce exposures to workers or the general public.

I and my students also investigate the cumulative safety and environmental risks posed by the expansion of the natural gas industry in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania including exposures to particulate matter from the drilling and hydraulic fracturing process as well as waste generation, transport, and disposal.

See the opportunities page for more information on ways for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved. The research page includes short descriptions of example projects that are on going or recently completed.

I teach courses in Safety Engineering (ENVSE 400), Engineering Risk Analysis (ENVSE 470), and Business Risk Management (EBF 304W), as well as a graduate courses in machine learning methods (EME 524) and in safety and risk analysis for the energy industry (EME 551).

I hold a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and Rice University respectively. I am a Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE), and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). From 1998 to 2000, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching Math and Physics in Kankalabé, Guinea, West Africa (you can read more about this experience here).

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