Lance Sherry

SEOR professor Lance Sherry
Titles and Organizations

Professor, Director at Center for Air Transportation Systems Research; Department of 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 a professor in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department and serves as director of the Center for Air Transportation Systems Research at the College of Engineering and Computing at George Mason University.

Sherry 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 as other network-of-network systems. These analyses are used widely for strategic planning, business development, cost/benefit analysis, and system productivity improvement. He has also conducted award-winning work in human-computer interaction, operator training, and the design of autonomous and semi-autonomous systems (such as Unmanned Air Vehicles).

Sherry has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry serving as a flight test engineer, flight control engineer, system engineer, lead system architect, program manager, strategic planner, and business development. He served as a fellow at RAND Corporation from 1999-2001. He has published over 100 papers and journal articles, holds several patents, and has received awards for his work. Sherry is a graduate of Brown University with a BS in electrical engineering, and he holds both an MS and a PhD in industrial and systems engineering from Arizona State University.


  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Brown University
  • MS, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
  • PhD, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

Research Interests

  • Aircraft and drone systems
  • Urban air mobility,
  • Air transportation
  • System modeling and simulation


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.


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