Bilal M. Ayyub


Bilal M. Ayyub serves as Professor & Director of the Center for Technology and Systems Management at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Ayyub is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering since 1983; Professor of Reliability Engineering since 1985; Professor of Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation since 2009; Consulting Professor at the U. S. Navy from 1993 to 2001; visitor at the National Security Analysis Department of the Applied Physics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University in 2015-16; and board member of several research and development companies and non-profit organizations. He is also a chair professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. He completed his PhD degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta in 1983.

His main research interests and work are in risk, uncertainty and decision analysis, resilience, sustainability and adaptation to a changing climate, and systems engineering applied to civil, infrastructure, energy, defense and maritime fields. They also include risk analytics and methods for the protection of critical infrastructure, bidding strategies, project execution, project life management, operational risk, risk management including risk transfer and risk finance such has catastrophe risk bonds, and liability and exposure analysis.

Dr. Ayyub is the recipient of many recognitions and awards including distinguished membership of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the ASCE Outstanding Research-Oriented Paper in the J. of Water Resources Planning and Management for 1987, the ASCE Edmund Friedman Award in 1989, the ASCE Walter Huber Research Prize in 1997, the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Jimmie Hamilton Awards for the best papers in the Naval Engineers Journal in 1985, 1992, 2000 and 2003, and ASNE Solberg Award for Research in 2016. The Engineering News-Record (ENR) selected him in the top 25 newsmakers in 2017. He also received the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service in 2007 for leading the development of the risk model for the hurricane protection system of New Orleans. Dr. Ayyub received the 2009 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the ASCE-ASME J. on Risk and Uncertainty. He served on the State of Maryland Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council in 2011-16, and on other advisory groups, boards and panels at the state and federal levels and for the National Academies. Dr. Ayyub is the author and co-author of more than 600 publications in journals, conference proceedings, and reports. They include eight textbooks and fourteen edited books. His textbooks include Risk Analysis in Engineering and Economics in its second edition (2014), Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis (2006), and Expert Opinion Elicitation for Uncertainty and Risks (2001).