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Vicki Bier PhD

Vicki M. Bier, PhD, is a professor in the department of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has directed the Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis (formerly the Center for Human Performance in Complex Systems) since 1995.

Bier received a PhD degree in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B. degree in mathematical sciences from Stanford University. Her current research interests focus on the application of decision analysis, risk analysis, game theory, and related methods to problems of security and critical infrastructure protection.

Bier received the Women’s Achievement Award from the American Nuclear Society in 1993 and was elected a fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis in 1996. She served as the engineering editor for Risk Analysis from 1997 through 2001, and has been a councilor of both the Society for Risk Analysis and the Decision Analysis Society.

Bier has served as a member of both the Radiation Advisory Committee and the Homeland Security Advisory Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board. The Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis is currently funded by the Department of Homeland Security.