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James H. Lambert

Professor
Associate Director
Faculty Advisor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Systems and Information Engineering
Office location and address
112 Olsson Hall
151 Engineer's Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
Ph.D.​ University of Virginia, 1994
M.S. University of Virginia, 1990
B.S.E. Princeton University, 1988
EN-SE: Data Analytics and Resilience of Transportation Plans with Emergent and Future Conditions
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
May 01, 2018 – June 30, 2025
IUCRC Phase I University of Virginia: Center for Hardware and Embedded System Security and Trust (CHEST)
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
October 01, 2019 – September 30, 2024
Trusted Enterprise Communications and Cyber-Physical Integration of Advanced Fleet Electrical Vehicle Chargers in a Mobile Electric Grid
Source: University of Cincinnati
June 01, 2020 – December 31, 2021
Cost-effective resource allocation to portfolios of security measures for embedded devices in a large-scale system
Source: University of Cincinnati
June 01, 2020 – December 31, 2021
Risk and Resilience in Complex Systems With Emergent and Future Conditions
Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
September 21, 2017 – December 23, 2021
Asset (Tool) Control Methodology for the Virginia Department of Corrections
Source: Virginia Department of Corrections
November 01, 2019 – October 31, 2021
Assessing International Collaboration Opportunities for Science and Technology Innovation: Methods and Approaches
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
October 01, 2018 – September 30, 2021
EN-SE Port of Virginia Analytics and Logistics Systems Research
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems
September 15, 2015 – September 14, 2021
EN-SE-CRISP-Type 2: Collaborative Research: Resilience Analytics: A Data-Driven Approach for Enhanced Interdependent Network
Source: University Of Oklahoma
October 15, 2015 – September 30, 2020
Modeling and Simulation of Vehicle to Grid Technology
Source: Fermata LLC
July 01, 2014 – May 05, 2020
Hazard and Risk Analysis of Blocking Vessels During Target and Non-Target Follow Operations
Source: Systems Planning & Analysis, Inc.
June 03, 2019 – October 31, 2019
Planning IUCRC University of Virginia: Center for Hardware and Embedded System Security and Trust (CHEST)
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Computer & Info. Sciences
February 01, 2018 – January 31, 2019
EN-SI Fermata Project
Source: Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
October 25, 2014 – May 22, 2018
EN-SE: Data Analytics and Resilience of Transportation Plans with Emergent and Future Conditions
Source: Virginia Transportation Research Council
September 01, 2016 – February 28, 2018
Public Safety Broadband Network State Plan Assessment
Source: Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)
July 25, 2017 – November 30, 2017
EN-SE Resilence & Risk Emergent Factors of Natural & Infrastructure Systems: Advanced Methods, Metrics Databases
Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
April 21, 2014 – October 31, 2017
EN-SE Aviation Drop-In Biofuels: Sustainable Supply Chain in Virginia in Support of Farm-to-Fly 2.0 and State Agricultural/Economic Objectives
Source: Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems
June 16, 2015 – June 15, 2016
EN-SI Data Analytics and Risk Analysis for Transportation Corridors
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
November 15, 2014 – May 14, 2016
EN-SIE Systems Engineering of Future Aviation Biofuels in US Commercial Aviation
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
September 01, 2014 – September 01, 2015
EN-SE HQUSACE Asset Management Portfolio Analytics with Technical Documentation & Development of Deployable Technology
Source: Kleinfelder, Inc.
September 01, 2014 – June 30, 2015
EN-SE Risk Management Methodology for Passenger and Freight Corridors
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
July 01, 2013 – October 31, 2014
EN-SE Diversification of Project Portfolios for Nonsystematic Risks of Variability and Change in Water Resource Systems
Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
April 22, 2009 – December 31, 2013
Systems Analysis for the Bio-Jet Fuel Industry in Virginia
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
November 01, 2012 – August 31, 2013
Systems Engineering Focus on Clinical Informatics
Source: U.S. NIH Library of Medicine
July 01, 2008 – June 30, 2013
Corridor Risk Management and Priority Setting with Access Point Deliverables
Source: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Re
November 15, 2011 – June 30, 2013
SYS 4050: Risk Analysis
Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to the theory, methods, and applications of risk analysis and systems engineering. The topics include research and development priorities, risk-cost-benefit analysis, emergency management, human health and safety, environmental risk, extreme events, infrastructure resilience, system interdependencies, and enterprise systems. Prerequisites: Course in Probability/Statistics; Third or fourth year standing in SEAS; Or permission of instructor.
SYS 4053: Systems Design I
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the fall semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. Prerequisite: SYS 3021, 3060, and fourth-year standing in the Systems Engineering major.
SYS 4054: Systems Design II
Credits: 3
A design project extending throughout the spring semester. Involves the study of an actual open-ended situation, including problem formulation, data collection, analysis and interpretation, model building for the purpose of evaluating design options, model analysis, and generation of solutions. Includes an appropriate computer laboratory experience. SYS 4053 and fourth-year standing in Systems Engineering major.
SYS 4582: Selected Topics in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of a selected topic determined by the current interest of faculty and students. Prerequisite: As specified for each offering.
SYS 4995: Supervised Projects in Systems Engineering
Credits: 1–6
Independent study or project research under the guidance of a faculty member. Offered as required. Prerequisite: As specified for each offering.
SYS 6003: Optimization Models and Methods I
Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to theory and application of mathematical optimization. The goal of this course is to endow the student with a) a solid understanding of the subject's theoretical foundation and b) the ability to apply mathematical programming techniques in the context of diverse engineering problems. Topics to be covered include a review of convex analysis (separation and support of sets, application to linear programming), convex programming (characterization of optimality, generalizations), Karush-Kuhn-Tucker conditions, constraint qualification and Lagrangian duality. The course closes with a brief introduction to dynamic optimization in discrete time. Prerequisite: Two years of college mathematics, including linear algebra, and the ability to write computer programs.
SYS 6050: Risk Analysis
Credits: 3
A study of technological systems, where decisions are made under conditions of risk and uncertainty. Topics include conceptualization (the nature, perception, and epistemology of risk, and the process of risk assessment and management) systems engineering tools for risk analysis (basic concepts in probability and decision analysis, event trees, decision trees, and multiobjective analysis), and methodologies for risk analysis (hierarchical holographic modeling, uncertainty taxonomy, risk of rare and extreme events, statistics of extremes, partitioned multiobjective risk method, multiobjective decision trees, fault trees, multiobjective impact analysis method, uncertainty sensitivity index method, and filtering, ranking, and management method). Case studies are examined. Prerequisite: APMA 3100, SYS 3021, or equivalent.
SYS 6097: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
SYS 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
SYS 8995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
SYS 8999: Non-Topical Research, Masters
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
CE 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary. Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
SYS 9997: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
SYS 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.

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

Best Reviewer Award, Wiley journal Risk Analysis. Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis, San Francisco, CA. 2013

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

Election to Senior Member, IEEE 2000

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

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Center for Risk Management of Engineering Systems, University of Virginia. 1992

Election to Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society 1992