Daniel Herber

Assistant Professor, Systems Engineering Department
Specialization: Design Optimization, Systems Architecture, Dynamics/Controls

Dr. Daniel Herber is an Assistant Professor in the Systems Engineering Department at Colorado State University. His research interests are in the areas of computational design, design optimization, system architecture synthesis, architecture graph representations and enumeration, combined physical and control system design (co-design), and numerical methods for optimal control concentrated around the development of novel theory and tools for integrated design methods for dynamic engineering systems. He has worked in several engineering application domains including the design of strain-actuated solar arrays for reorienting spacecraft, thermal management networks for aircraft, wave energy converters, vehicle suspensions, and electrical circuits. His projects have involved collaborations with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Deere & Company, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dr. Herber received his B.S. in General Engineering (2011) and an M.S. (2014) and a Ph.D. (2017) in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He held a postdoctoral position (2018-2019) with the NSF Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS).

Note to Prospective students

​​Graduate students:

If you are searching for an advisor for a graduate degree in Systems Engineering (on-campus or off-campus), please send me an email with the following: (1) CV including any research products, (2) a general research outline appropriate for the degree sought (MS or PhD), and (3) a statement of your application area of interest and how its associated design challenges align with my research interests.

My research interests are not confined to one particular application domain. Please send the requested materials if you feel the design challenges are relevant, particularly if the topic includes challenging aspects of system architecture synthesis, design optimization, dynamics/controls, or all of the above.

I am also currently looking for students in the areas of aircraft thermal management systems and power converters to contribute to potential projects. Please see my research website for up-to-date project descriptions and how to inquire

Undergraduate students:

I frequently have select projects for motivated undergraduates in the areas of modeling, optimization, and algorithms for engineering design. These projects typically require some coding experience (primarily done in MATLAB) but do not require a specific degree program (e.g., mechanical, electrical, civil, etc.). These projects will help develop broadly applicable research skills. Please see my research website for up-to-date project descriptions and how to inquire.