Dr. Herman received his PhD from Vanderbilt University in 1993 after working in industry for a number of years in plant engineering and related areas. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering at Ohio University in 1994, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of transportation engineering. The undergraduate courses include route engineering, transportation engineering, traffic engineering, and the capstone senior design course in land development.
Dr. Herman's principal area of research interest is in the environmental analysis of transportation systems. He has conducted research for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) and the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Washington, and Pennsylvania. Dr. Herman's studies involve the effects of tire/pavement noise and the design and effectiveness of noise abatement methods, such as walls and berms, to improve their performance. He is also active in accoustical instrument research and development to facilitate the study of long range traffic noise propagation.