F.SRA, F.IEEE, F.ASCE, F.AAAS, P.E., D.WRE.Ph.D.​ University of Virginia, 1994M.S. University of Virginia, 1990B.S.E. Princeton University, 1988

"Prof. Lambert is Chair-Elect of the UVA Faculty Senate (2023-24). He served as the Chair of, and Chair of the Fifth World Congress on Risk"

James H. Lambert, University of Virginia, USA

Professor Lambert is the Janet Scott Hamilton and John Downman Hamilton Professor, and a Professor in the Department of Systems & Information Engineering and the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

He is the Director of the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems and a Site Director of the NSF Center for Hardware & Embedded Systems Security & Trust.

He served as Chair of, Chair of the Fifth World Congress on Risk (Cape Town, South Africa, 2019), President (2015-2016) of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), and Chair of the SRA Annual Meeting with over 800 participants (Washington DC, 2015). 

He is a Fellow of the AAAS (F.AAAS), Fellow of the IEEE (F.IEEE), Fellow of the ASCE (F.ASCE), Fellow of the SRA (F.SRA), Diplomate (D.WRE) of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, member of INCOSE and IISE, and licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.).

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer journal Environment Systems & Decisions. He is an Area Editor of the Wiley journal Risk Analysis. He is Associate Editor of IEEE Open Journal of Systems Engineering. 

He has served with the World Federation of Scientists (Permanent Monitoring Panel on Mitigating Catastrophic Risks), National Academy of Medicine (Standing Committee on Health Threats Resilience and Workforce Resilience), National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Aviation Cooperative Research Program, and Transit Cooperative Research Program. He served as a Delegate (2012-2015) of AASHTO to the World Roads Association Congress (PIARC).



  • Best Paper Award ICSEng--30th International Conference on Systems Engineering 2023
  • Election to Fellow, AAAS 2020
  • Distinguished Researcher Award, Office of Vice President for Research, University of Virginia 2019
  • Election to Fellow, IEEE 2017
  • Visiting Fellowship, President’s International Fellowship Initiative, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China 2016
  • R.A. Glenn Best Paper Award, American Chemical Society 2016
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Elsevier journal Reliability Engineering & System Safety 2015
  • INFORMS Graduate Faculty Award of Excellence, UVa Chapter of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, University of Virginia, USA 2015
  • Election to Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers 2013
  • Fellowship, National Science Foundation, Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) on Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Globalized Physical Distribution Systems. August 5-17, 2013. 2013
  • Best Reviewer Award, Wiley journal Risk Analysis. Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, San Francisco, CA. 2012
  • Election to Fellow, Society for Risk Analysis 2011
  • Honorable Mention, Education and Outreach Sustainability Award, Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). 2011
  • Election to Diplomate, American Academy of Water Resources Engineers 2006
  • Commendation, Commonwealth of Virginia Secretary of Transportation, The Honorable Whittington Clement, for contributions to VTrans 2025, the Statewide Multimodal Long-Range Transportation Plan. 2005
  • Election to Sigma Xi scientific research honor society. 2001
  • Finalist for Mentor of the Year, University of Virginia Mentor Program, Office of African American Affairs. 1999
  • National Science Foundation Travel Award, NATO Advanced Study Institute on Engineering Risk and Reliability in a Changing Physical Environment in Deauville, France. 1993
  • Election to Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society 1992

Research Interests

  • Risk Management
  • Smart Buildings/Cities
  • Human Machine Interface
  • Risk and Decision Analysis
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Infrastructure Engineering/Transportation Studies

In the News

Selected Publications

  • Multi-dimensional data and model uncertainties in comparing heterogeneous benefits of distributed transportation projects. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems. 22(2). 2016. ABS Lambert, J.H., N.N. Joshi, and S.A. Thekdi.
  • Multiscale approach to the security of hardware supply chains for energy systems. Environment Systems & Decisions. 33(3):326-334. 2013. ABS Lambert, J.H., J.M. Keisler, W.E. Wheeler, Z.A. Collier, and I Linkov.
  • Climate change influence on priority setting for transportation infrastructure assets. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems. 19(1):36-46. 2013. ABS Lambert, J.H., Y.J. Wu, H. You, A. Clarens, and B. Smith.
  • Understanding and managing disaster evacuation on a transportation network. Accident Analysis and Prevention. 50(1): 645-659. 2013. ABS Lambert, J.H., A.I. Parlak, Q. Zhou, J.S. Miller, M.D. Fontaine, T.M. Guterbock, J.L. Clements, and S.A. Thekdi.
  • Prioritizing infrastructure investments in Afghanistan with multiagency stakeholders and deep uncertainty of emergent conditions. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems. 18(2): 155-166. 2012. ABS Lambert, J.H., C.W. Karvetski, D.K. Spencer, B.J Sotirin, D.M. Liberi, H.H. Zaghloul, J.B. Koogler, S.L. Hunter, W.D. Goran, R.D. Ditmer, and I. Linkov.

Courses Taught

  • SYS 6050 Risk Analysis
  • SYS 4050 Risk Analysis
  • SYS 2057 E-Commerce Systems
  • SYS 4056 Systems Design
  • SYS 6002 Systems Integration
  • SYS 6081 Information Technology
  • SYS 7054 Multiobjective Optimization
  • SYS 5081 Multiobjective Optimization