Dr. Bilal M. Ayyub


Director of the Center for Technology and Systems Management
Campus Phone: 301-405-1956  |   Off Campus Phone: 3011-299-9375
Fax: 301-299-9377  |   Email: ba@umd.edu


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 including start-up companies. 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 include reliability-based design and risk-informed planning and decision making covering many aspects of project lifecycles and portfolios, such as life expectancy assessment of structural systems, risk-informed inspection, protection of critical infrastructure, bidding strategies, project execution risk, project life management, operational risk, risk management including risk transfer and risk finance, and liability and exposure analysis.

Professor Ayyub is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and the Society for Risk Analysis, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is on the ASCE CDRM ExCom, and chaired the ASME Safety Engineering and Risk Division. He is currently the Editor of the ASCE-ASME J. of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, and on the editorial boards of several journals, and chaired several ASCE and non-ASCE conferences and workshops. Dr. Ayyub completed research and development projects for governmental and private entities, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Homeland Security, the MD State Highway Administration, ASME, NATO, and several leading insurance and multinational corporations worldwide. He is the FY 2017 Chair of the ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division, and the FY 2017 Chair of the ASCE Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate.

Dr. Ayyub is the recipient of several awards including 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 ASNE Jimmie Hamilton Award for the best paper in the Naval Engineers J. (NEJ) in 1985, 1992, 2000 and 2003, ASNE Solberg Award for Research in 2016, and the K. S. Fu Award of NAFIPS in 1995. 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 ASME Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division (SERAD). He served on the State of Maryland Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council since 2011, and has served on other commissions and boards.

He is the author and co-author of more than 600 publications (including 8 textbooks and 14 edited books) in journals, conference proceedings, and reports. His textbooks include the following: Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis for Engineers and Scientists (Chapman & Hall/CRC 2006 with G. Klir), Risk Analysis in Engineering and Economics (Chapman & Hall/CRC 2003, 2014), Elicitation of Expert Opinions for Uncertainty and Risks (CRC Press 2002), Probability, Statistics and Reliability for Engineers and Scientists, Third Edition (Chapman & Hall/CRC 2011 with R. H. McCuen), and Numerical Methods for Engineers (Prentice Hall 1996 with McCuen, 2nd edition Chapman & Hall/CRC 2016).

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