November 29, 2023


On Monday, November 13th, the School of Engineering celebrated the installation of Dr. Jeffrey Herrmann as the St. Abbo of Fleury Endowed Chair in Engineering. Dr. Herrmann is an expert in decision-making, more specifically in developing novel mathematical models to improve public health, modeling the engineering design decision-making processes, and using risk-based techniques to improve path planning for autonomous systems. He has written over 100 academic journal articles, and co-authored and edited multiple textbooks in his area of study. Prior to joining The Catholic University of America, Dr. Herrmann worked at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Institute for Systems Research. 

This is the second endowed chair the School of Engineering has established this year, following the installation of Dr. Santiago Solares as the St. Albert the Great Endowed Chair in Engineering back in September. Both endowed chairs were made possible through a $10.5 million donation to the School of Engineering by an anonymous donor. 

School of Engineering faculty, staff, and students were in attendance, as well as friends and family of Dr. Herrmann. President Peter Kilpatrick spoke on Dr. Herrmann's expertise and suitability for the position. Dean John Judge and Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Steve Brown presented the St. Abbo of Fleury medal to Dr. Herrmann, symbolizing the honor of this endowed position. After accepting the medal, Dr. Herrmann offered some remarks, expressing gratitude and excitement for this opportunity. 

Dr. Herrmann looks forward to continuing his research here at The Catholic University of America’s School of Engineering, in addition to offering exceptional education and instruction to our students. He believes in teaching engineering students through the values of the Catholic faith, in order to educate engineers who are not only prepared to work in the industry, but also leaders who advance their field. 

For more information about Dr. Herrmann and his research, please visit the following link: