BiographyDr. Ayyub is also a 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; board member of several research and development companies and non-profit organizations. He completed his PhD degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta in 1983, MSCE degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1981, and BSCE from the University of Kuwait in 1980.
Dr. Ayyub’s main research interests are risk, uncertainty and decision analysis, 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.
Dr. 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), the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Dr. Ayyub served on the editorial board of the J. Ship Research, Risk Analysis, and Naval Engineers J. (NEJ), and served as the editor of NEJ. Presently, he is the editor-in-chief of the ASCE-ASME J. of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems. Dr. Ayyub completed many 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 Maryland State Highway Administration, NTSB, CERF, ABYC, ASME, NATO, and several leading insurance and multinational corporations worldwide, such as Chevron, Hartford, Bechtel, CSC, SAIC, ABS IMF, Fleet Technology, and Martec Limited.
Dr. Ayyub is the recipient of several awards including the ASCE Outstanding Research-Oriented Paper in the Journal 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 Journal (NEJ) in 1985, 1992, 2000 and 2003 (the only multiple recipient of the award), 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 (this award for Public Service is the fourth highest honor the United States Department of the Army can bestow upon a civilian.) Dr. Ayyub received the 2009 ASME Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis Division (SERAD.) He serves on the State of Maryland Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council since 2011.
Dr. Ayyub 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, Second Edition (Chapman & Hall/CRC 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 with R. McCuen, 1996, 2nd ed. Forthcoming 2015 by Chapman & Hall/CRC).
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Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
• systems and uncertainty modeling and analysis
• probabilistic modeling and analysis
• risk-based decision making
• risk-based planning including inspection and maintenance
• intelligent systems and control
• threat assessment and scenario development
• expert-opinion elicitation
• structural and safety analysis
• marine and infrastructure systems
• information technology solutions
• building and materials research
• uncertainty visualization
• hardware and software selection and networking
• project and risk management