Lance Sherry

Titles and Organizations

Director, Center for Air Transportation Systems research, Volgenau
Associate Professor, Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Operations Research

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-1711
Campus: Fairfax
Building: Nguyen Engineering Building
Room 4507
Mail Stop: 4A6

Personal Websites


Lance Sherry is an Associate Professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research department and serves as Director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University.

Dr. Sherry’s has pioneered research in data analytics and stochastic simulation of large complex adaptive systems such as the air transportation system, operations of airports, airlines and air traffic control, as well other network-of-network systems. These analyses are used widely for strategic planning, business development, cost/benefit analysis, and system productivity improvement. Dr. Sherry has also conducted award wining work in human-computer interaction, operator training, and the design of autonomous and semi-autonomous systems (such as Unmanned Air Vehicles).

Dr. Sherry has over 30 years experience in the aviation industry serving as a flight-test engineer, flight control engineer, system engineer, lead system architect, program manager, strategic planning and business development. Dr. Sherry served as a fellow at RAND Corporation 1999-2001. He has published over 100 papers and journal articles, holds several patents, and has received awards for his work. Dr. Sherry is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and he holds both a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Arizona State University.


2012 - 2015 : Detecting and Mitigating Automation Surprises. Funded by Decision Science Research Institute.

2012 - 2013 : Air Traffic Research 1. Funded by Crown Consulting Inc..

2012 - 2012 : Air Traffic Demand Model Development. Funded by LMI.

Research Interests

Air Transportation