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 served as the Chair of in October 2021, and Chair of the Fifth World Congress on Risk, with over three-hundred scientists and policymakers advancing the Congress theme of 'Development and Resilience' at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 6-8 May 2019. "

James H. Lambert, University of Virginia, USA

Professor Lambert's interests are engineering systems and risk analysis, with application to (i) advanced mobile grid services and network of chargers of fleet electric vehicles, (ii) enterprise resilience of national wireless broadband network in public safety, (iii) simulation of operations and strategic priorities of maritime container ports, (iv) logistics and industrial supply chains for aviation biofuels, (v) risk management of economic development to infrastructure corridors, (vi) population behaviors and community resilience in radiological and other disasters, (vii) transportation strategic plans influenced by climate combining with emergent and future conditions, (viii) priority setting for airports with risk of runway incursions, and (ix) security of critical infrastructure systems related to embedded hardware devices. He is a Professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, and Member of the Technical Advisory Council of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems, each at the University of Virginia. He is Chair of the Fifth World Congress on Risk (Cape Town, South Africa, 2019), a Past President (2015-2016) of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), and Chair of the SRA Annual Meeting with over 800 registered 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 the American Association for the Advancement of Science, member of the International Council on Systems Engineering, 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 the ASCE/ASME Journal of Risk & Uncertainty in Engineering Systems. His publications appear in the above journals and Wiley journal Risk Analysis, Elsevier journal Reliability Engineering and System Safety, ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Military Operations Research Society Journal, IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics, Elsevier journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, et al. His research sponsors included US National Science Foundation, Virginia Center for Innovative Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Governor, Port of Virginia, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Energy, President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, US DoD Joint Program Office for Special Technology Countermeasures, US Department of Agriculture, US Federal Highway Administration, Virginia Tobacco Commission, Fermata LLC, and others. He has served on committees of the 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). He represents the University of Virginia to the Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN), whose annual meeting will convene at the University of Virginia in Spring 2021. He received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Virginia, and a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering with a Certificate in Engineering Physics at Princeton University.



  • 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