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James H. Lambert

Position: Research Professor, Systems & Information Engineering; Research Professor, Engineering & Society
Office: Olsson 112C
Phone: 434-531-4529
Fax: 434-924-0865
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Ph.D, University of Virginia
M.S., University of Virginia
B.S.E., Princeton University


James H. Lambert has served on the faculty of the University of Virginia since 1996. He is the President-Elect of the Society for Risk Analysis ( He is an author/coauthor of journal papers, book chapters, and conference proceedings addressing risk analysis and systems engineering. Sponsors of his research include the US Army Corps of Engineers, Virginia Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Commonwealth of Virginia Multimodal Transportation Advisory Committee, Federal Aviation Administration, Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association, Sandia National Laboratories, Argonne National Laboratory, the Environmental Protection Agency, and others. He is the Area Editor for Engineering of the journal Risk Analysis. He is a founding Editor-in-Chief (with Dr. Igor Linkov) of the Springer journal Environment Systems & Decisions. He is a founding Associate Editor of the ASCE/ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems. He is a licensed professional engineer and a diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He has served on organizing committees and program committees of several international conferences. He is a past Councilor of the Society for Risk Analysis, past chair of the Conferences and Workshops Committee, past chair of the Engineering and Infrastructure Specialty Group, and past President of the Decision Analysis & Risk Specialty Group. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level courses including multiobjective optimization, e-commerce systems evaluation, systems testing and reliability, integrated risk management, and systems integration. He has presented at numerous workshops and short courses and international conferences.

Research Interests:

  • Risk and reliability analysis
  • Multiple criteria decision analysis
  • Infrastructure systems
  • Multimodal transportation
  • Environmental management

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Other Activities:

  • Society for Risk Analysis (Fellow)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (Fellow)
  • IEEE (Senior Member)
  • International Council on Systems Engineering
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • International Association for Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management
  • International Society of Multiple Criteria Decision Making
  • Sigma Xi
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Diplomate of American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (D.WRE)

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