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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 CESUN2021.org, 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).


Ph.D.​ University of Virginia, 1994

M.S. University of Virginia, 1990

B.S.E. Princeton University, 1988

Prof. Lambert is Chair-Elect of the UVA Faculty Senate (2023-24). He served as the Chair of CESUN2021.org, and Chair of the Fifth World Congress on Risk www.sra.org/worldcongress2019.


Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Multi-dimensional data and model uncertainties in comparing heterogeneous benefits of distributed transportation projects. ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems. 22(2). 2016. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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


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