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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Bilal M. Ayyub is editor in chief of the first journal on Risk and Uncertainty in engineering to be jointly produced by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems was originally proposed by Ayyub andwill cover Risk and Uncertainty in engineering topics relevant to both civil and mechanical engineering.

Risk and uncertainty in engineering has the challenge of dealing with issues that are multidisciplinary, cross cutting and system centric. To expand on areas of reliability research, the journal will encompass both the ASCE and ASME communities, and cut across committees, councils, divisions and institutes. The journal aims to meet the needs of researchers and engineers for addressing risk, disaster and failure-related challenges due to the many sources and types of uncertainty in design, analysis, operation and life-cycle management of not only existing but also modern engineering systems.

The journal's objectives are to disseminate research findings, best practices and concerns for reliability engineering, and for discussion and debate on risk and uncertainty related issues. The journal will also report on the full range of risk and uncertainty analysis, state-of-art and state-of-practice, relating to all civil and mechanical engineering. Related fields such as risk quantification based on hazard identification, scenario development and rate quantification, consequence assessment, valuations, perception, communication, risk-informed decision making, tradeoff analysis, resilience and sustainability will also be covered.

Ayyub, who is also the director for the Center for Technology and Systems Management, is engaged in research activities that focus on uncertainty modeling and analysis, systems modeling, decision analysis, homeland security, various defense and infrastructure systems, safety systems and mathematical modeling using statistics, probability theory, fuzzy sets and the theory of evidence. Ayyub is also an ASCE, ASME Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Fellow.

Submissions are currently being accepted for the inaugural issue of ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems. Visit the journal's website for more information.

For more information on Ayyub and his research, visit his website.



February 14, 2014


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