Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Preparing for a Pandemic

PostedMay 10, 2009

Randy Atkins: A model developed by a University of Maryland engineering professor could help public health planners efficiently distribute drugs or vaccines.  Jeffrey Herrmann’s calculations input numbers of people and distribution locations, along with deadlines.

Jeffrey Herrmann: And then the model calculates the number of staff needed and estimates how long people will have to wait in line.

Randy Atkins: That’s important, not only for convenience, but to minimize your exposure to potentially contagious people.

Jeffrey Herrmann: It’s based upon data that we’ve collected from time studies of exercises that simulate these types of situations.

Randy Atkins: The software program is available to health officials for free.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M and WTOP-dot-com.




  • The project website  
  • To dowload the software, visit this page.