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Alejandro S Hernandez

Phone: (831) 656-3823


Alejandro (Andy) Hernandez is an Associate Professor in the Systems Engineering Department at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, a M.S. and Ph.D in Operations Research from NPS, and a M.A. in Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He is a retired Army officer whose assignments include Director of Analysis & Assessment – Iraq, and Chief of the Warfighting Analysis Division in the Department of the Army Programs and Resources Directorate. Dr. Hernandez focuses on developing robust decision support systems that improve design, development, operation, and management of complex systems. He applies modeling and simulation, experimentation, and scenario methodologies in his efforts. His studies are inherently cross-disciplinary and promote systems thinking.
NPS Experience
  • 2011 - current: Associate Professor
Other Experience
  • 2013 Deputy Director, NPS Simulation Experiments and Efficient Design Center
  • 2013 - 2014 Program Manager, NPS Naval Research Program
  • 2011 Adjunct Professor, California State University Monterey Bay, Executive MBA Program, School of Business
  • 2010 - 2011 Chief, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, D.C., Warfighting Analysis Division
  • 2009 - 2010 Chief, United States Forces - Iraq, Iraq, Analysis & Assessments, J-9
  • 2005 - 2009 Director of Wargaming, Senior Operations Research/Systems Analyst, NPS
  • 2000 - 2002 Adjunct Lecturer, School of Professional & Graduate Studies, Baker University, KS
  • 2000 - 2002 Senior Analyst, Fort Leavenworth, KS
  • 1997 - 2000 Program Manager, Joint Warfighting Center, Suffolk, VA
  • 1994 - 1997 Systems Analyst, Defense Evaluation Support Activity, Albuquerque, NM
Research Interests
• Design and Development of Decision Support Systems – improve decision making processes for system design, development, operations, and management.
• Improvement of Simulation Based Events – engineer computer assisted wargames, exercises, experiments, and tests for more effective analysis and achievement of event objectives.
• Integration and Application of Wargames and Computer Experimentation – support decision makers with innovative approaches to complex problems.
Teaching Interests
System Engineering, Operations Research / Systems Analysis
Wargames for Complex Systems Analysis and Business
Probability and Statistics
Test & Evaluation (Operational)


  • 2013 - Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • International Council on Systems Engineering
  • Military Operations Research Society
  • Naval Postgraduate School Foundation
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • United States Military Academy West Point Society