Dr. Igor Linkov of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center has been selected as a Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his career contributions and expertise in the field of risk analysis.
Linkov is the Risk and Decision Science Lead with ERDC’s Environmental Laboratory. Residing in Massachusetts, he is also an adjunct professor of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Linkov has managed multiple risk assessments and risk management projects in the areas of environmental management, homeland security, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, climate change, emerging technologies and systems vulnerability. He has organized risk management workshops for NATO, including the 2016 NATO Workshop on Risk and Resilience in Portugal. He is published widely on environmental policy, environmental modeling and risk analysis.
Linkov credits the Environmental Laboratory and ERDC for supporting his research within the Risk and Decision Science focus area. While honored by the fellowship, he also sees it as a victory for his field of study.
“My election as an AAAS Fellow for my efforts in advancing risk-based decision making and resilience clearly demonstrates the importance of this line of research not just for government, but also for a broader community of scientists in academia and industry,” said Linkov. “I strongly believe that the work in our focus area will continue to benefit the broad fields of risk and resilience in a substantial way for years to come."
Risk analysis is a technique used to identify and assess factors that may impact the success of a project or that may prevent an organization in achieving a goal. This technique also helps to define preventive measures to reduce these factors from occurring and to identify measures to successfully deal with these factors when they occur.
Linkov and the other selectees for 2016 will be recognized at the AAAS annual meeting scheduled for February in Boston.
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