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University of Virginia
President-Elect & Research Professor
Department of Systems & Information Engineering
Risk analysis and engineering systems


James H. Lambert is the President-Elect of the Society for Risk Analysis ( He is an Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Environment Systems & Decisions; Area Editor of the journal Risk Analysis; and a founding Associate Editor of the ASCE/ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Member of the International Council on Systems Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (D.WRE). He serves on committees of the PIARC World Roads Association, US National Academy of Medicine, and the Transportation Research Board. He has chaired or co-organized international science meetings including for NATO. He is a Research Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering, and in the Department of Engineering and Society, at the University of Virginia, where he joined the faculty in 1996. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems. He has led and co-led grants funded by the DHS, DoD, NASA, USDOT, FAA, USDA, USAID, USDOE, NSF, and other agencies. His accomplishments were recognized by an award of the American Society of Military Engineers in 2012. He received the Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, and the B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University. His recent efforts address emergent and future conditions for energy systems; resilience analytics for interdependent network infrastructures; aviation biofuel supply chains; vehicle-to-grid logistics services; business processes for resilience, risk, and safety organizations; population and workforce behaviors in radiological and other incidents; and investment priorities for inland navigation, flood control, and hydropower.