Jeremy M. Gernand, Ph.D., CRE
Assistant Professor | Environmental Health and Safety Engineering
Virginia S. And Philip L. Walker Faculty Fellow
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
My research and teaching activities focus on the subject of the safety, health, economic, and environmental risks posed by engineered systems and regulatory policies that affect those risks.
Specifically, my current research investigates the risks posed to people and the environment by emissions of ultrafine particles or nanoparticles and the evaluation of different mitigation strategies.
Relatedly, I employ and develop novel data mining and modeling methods that permit
a quantitative understanding of risk even with incomplete or otherwise non-
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 course in machine learning methods (EGEE 597A).
I arrived at Penn State in August 2013, following the completion of my Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. 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 . I hold a B.S. and M.S. In Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and Rice University respectively. From 1998 to 2000, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching Math and Physics in Kankalabé, Guinea, West Africa.