Andrew Loerch is the Associate Chair of the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research. He directs the military applications of operations research track in the graduate program in Operations Research. His research interests include the application of mathematical programming to military problems, optimization of multi-year capital budgeting, and management of cyclically scheduled manufacturing facilities.
As a retired Army Colonel with 26 years of military service, the last 15 of which was spent as a Military Operations Research analyst, Dr. Loerch is fortunate to be able to teach students in areas in which he has a great deal of practical experience. His goal in class is to give students information and methods that they can immediately apply at work the next day to contribute to the defense of the United States.
Loerch is most proud of the opportunities he has had to influence important defense decisions at the highest levels of the Army and the Department of Defense in the areas of procurement, force structure, logistics, and manpower. He brings these experiences into the classroom as part of the only comprehensive program in Defense Analysis in a civilian institution in the United States. He is also a sought after researcher and consultant to various Defense agencies.
In addition to academic and professional activities, he is an avid cyclist and senior softball player, the principal bassoonist of the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, and a diehard fan of the New York Yankees.