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Bilal M. Ayyub

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  • Country of residence: United States
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1958
  • Age: 57
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  Bilal M. Ayyub is a scholar, author, educator, engineer and community leaders. He is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the director of the Center for Technology and Systems Management (CTSM) at the A. James Clark School of Engineering. Ayyub has been at the University of Maryland since 1983. He is a leading authority in the areas of risk analysis, uncertainty modeling, decision analysis, and systems engineering. Ayyub is also president of BMA Engineering, Inc., a Bethesda, Maryland-based engineering consulting firm that works with infrastructure and defense systems 

Ayyub was born in Palestine in 1958 and moved to Kuwait in 1961. He was K12 schooled in Kuwait, and then received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1980 from Kuwait University. He moved to the United States of America in 1980. He received his Master of Science (1981) and Ph.D. (1983) in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ayyub is also a professor of applied mathematics and scientific computation, an affiliate professor of reliability engineering, and co-director of the Intelligent Systems Laboratory. He has taken several sabbatical leaves for research pursuits at the National Security Analysis Department of the Applied Physics Laboratory at The Johns Hopkins University, 2014–15; for the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) by the direction of the Office of Naval Research of the U.S. Navy at the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center on reliability, stability and navigation control of surface vessels, 1993-1994, 2000–01 and 2007-08.

Ayyub has lead and completed many studies and research projects for the National Science Foundation, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Homeland Security, the Maryland State Highway Administration, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and several engineering companies including Bechtel, Chevron, CSC, SAIC and Hartford.

Ayyub is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME), and has served in various capacities at the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the North American Fuzzy Information Processing Society (NAFIPS) as well.

Ayyub is a multiple recipient of the ASNE Jimmie Hamilton Award for the best papers in the Naval Engineers Journal in 1985, 1992, 2000 and 2003. Also, he received 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, and the K. S. Fu Award of NAFIPS in 1995. He 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 was appointed to many national committees and investigation boards including most recently on the working group on higher education of the transition team of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, 2006–07, the working group on homeland security of the transition team of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, 2006–07, and the Committee for Assessment of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Security Program, Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, National Research Council of the National Academies, 2006-08. He was appointed to the Maryland Governor's Emergency Management Advisory Council, and on the Board of Advisers of the ASCE Council on Disaster Risk Management (CDRM). Presently, he is on the Executive Committee of the Infrastructure Resilience Division of ASCE, and the co-chair of its Risk and Resilience Measurement Committee. He has delivered many invited talks and keynotes at leading national and international organizations including most recently a distinguished lecture to the Brazilian Research Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, Naval War College for the Chief of Naval Operations, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Australian National Marine Safety Committee.

Ayyub is on the editorial board of several leading journal, such as the Journal of Risk Analysis and the Journal of Ship Research of SNAME, and the founding editor-in-chief of the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems in its two parts: Part A. Civil Engineering and Part B. Mechanical Engineering. He also served as the chairman of the ASNE Journal Committee as the technical editor-in-chief from 2000 to 2005.

As a scholar, Ayyub writes extensively in professional publications on risk and uncertainty analysis for decision and policy making. Ayyub is the author and co-author of more than 600 publications in journals and conference proceedings, and reports. His work has received significant media attention including the publication by the Washington Post one of his maps showing the impact of sea-level rise on Washington DC. Among the publications of Dr. Ayyub are more than 20 books including textbooks  used by many universities worldwide, such as:

·         Sea Level Rise and Coastal Infrastructure: Prediction, Risks and Solutions, ASCE, Reston, VA, 2011 (edited with Kearney).

·         Vulnerability, Uncertainty, and Risk: Analysis, Modeling, and Management, ASCE, Reston, VA, 2011 (editor).

·         Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis for Engineers and Scientists, Chapman & Hall/CRC, Press Boca Raton, FL, 2006 (with Klir).

·         Risk Analysis in Engineering and Economics, First Edition (2003), Second Edition (2014), Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, 2014.

·         Elicitation of Expert Opinions for Uncertainty and Risks, CRC Press, 2002.

·         Probability, Statistics and Reliability for Engineers and Scientists, First Edition (1996), Second Edition (2003), Third Edition (2011), Chapman and Hall/CRC Press, 2003 (with McCuen).

·         Numerical Methods for Engineers, Prentice Hall, New York, 1996 (with McCuen).

The following list of writing and articles demonstrate the broad scope of his pursuit:

·         Bridging the Gap between Climate Change Science and Structural Engineering Practice.

·         Sustainable Construction and Manufacturing.

·         Risk Models for Evaluation and Type Classification of Personal Flotation Devices 

·         Structural Life Expectancy of Marine Vessels: Ultimate Strength, Corrosion, Fatigue, Fracture, and Systems 

·         global warming related sea level rise poses big threat to Washington, D.C.

·         Prediction and Impact of Sea Level Rise on Properties and Infrastructure of Washington, DC 

·         Reliability-Based Design Guidelines for Fatigue of Ship Structures 

·         Methods for Expert-Opinion Elicitation of Probabilities and Consequences for Corps Facilities 

·         Loading Cycles for the Fatigue Reliability Analysis of Miter Gates 

·         Relibaility and Stability Assessment of Concerete Gravity Structures 

·         ASCE Technical Division to Advance Infrastructure Resilience 

·         Sea Level Rise and Coastal Infrastructure: Prediction, Risks, and Solution 


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