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James W. Lark III

Position: Lecturer, Systems Engineering and Applied Mathematics Program, Engineering and Society
Office: Olsson 101 I
Phone: (434) 924-7208
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B.S., Mathematics, Virginia Tech Ph.D., Systems Engineering, University of Virginia


James W. Lark, III is a faculty member in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Applied Mathematics Program in the Department of Engineering and Society. He has taught in the School of Engineering and Applied Science since 1993. He has also served as a professor in the Department of Statistics and the McIntire School of Commerce at the University, and served as Assistant to the Athletics Director for Special Projects.

He has served as a visiting scholar in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and the Department of Mathematics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition, he has served as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Public Choice (at Va. Tech) and the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business (at the University of Rochester).

His current research projects include: risk analysis in financial markets, collective decision making processes, and applications of Markov decision processes.

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  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Management in Financial Markets
  • Collective Decision Making Processes
  • Partially Observed Markov Decision Processes
  • Linear Algebra and Operator Theory

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