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

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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduates have several opportunities to get involved with research projects in my group such as examining the toxicity of nanoparticles, quantifying worker or public exposure to ultrafine particles, machine learning applications in risk modeling, mining safety, and risks associated with natural gas exploration and production.

Participation could take the form of an independent study course, honors thesis research, or a more informal arrangement. Contributions are desired and welcome from any Engineering major, Physics or Chemistry major, Toxicology major, and Information Systems, Computer Science, or Statistics majors. Other majors will also be considered if certain prerequisite conditions are met. Please contact me for further information about how you might get involved.

Some current and former undergraduate research assistants have participated in projects such as these:

Other potential projecting currently sitting idle for lack of volunteers include:

My lab doesn’t need bottle washers or tagalongs. If you are curious, can work independently, and are interested in completing your own project (some undergraduate research projects from my group have resulted in papers that are in the process of being published in scientific journals–this is a great resume item whether seeking a professional career or graduate school), then please come and talk to me about getting involved. Some current and former undergraduate research assistants are listed here.

Graduate Research

Current graduate research assistants in my group are…

Other projects currently pending involve the environmental risks of engineered nanoparticles and manmade ultrafine particles, regulatory policy related to engineered nanoparticles, and the development of machine learning applications for the assessment of failure risks from complex engineered systems.

The Penn State University EME Department houses one of the few U.S. graduate programs in Environmental Health and Safety Engineering (EHS) focused on the needs of the energy and mining industries. However, the skills developed in this program could be applied to a variety of applications from nanotechnology and aerospace to regulatory analysis and insurance.

Research funding opportunities may be available depending on student qualifications and department resources. Funding availability for non-U.S. Citizens is limited. Prospective students from underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.

My current and former graduate students are listed here.