Zhuang recognized by Society for Risk Analysis

bv Nicole Capozziello

Published January 13, 2020

Jun Zhuang, a professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director of the Decision, Risk and Data Laboratory, was honored by the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) with its 2019 Chauncey Starr Distinguished Young Analyst Award. 


Jun Zhuang

Recognizing a member age 40 or younger for their outstanding achievement and exceptional promise for continued contributions to risk analysis, Jun was specifically recognized for his work on decision analysis in security and natural hazards.

Established in 1980, the Society for Risk Analysis is “a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, scholarly, international society that provides an open forum for all those interested in risk analysis.”

Zhuang was one of 12 members recognized at the SRA’s Annual Meeting, which was held on December 6, 2019, in Arlington, Virginia. Recipients were selected by a committee of past SRA presidents and approved by the SRA Council.

With his research, Zhuang aims to integrate operations research, big data analytics, game theory, and decision analysis, to solve real-world issues related to natural and man-made disasters. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, and his research has been highlighted by major news sources across the country, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Zhuang’s other achievements include: UB's 2019 Exceptional Scholar Award - Sustained Achievement, the 2018 SEAS Senior Researcher of the Year Award, the 2018-2020 Buffalo Blue Sky Gold Coin Award, the 2017 Koopman Prize from the INFORMS' Military Applications Society, the 2014 Military Operations Research Journal Award and the 2013 UB's Exceptional Scholar--Young Investigator Award. Dr. Zhuang is also a fellow of the 2011 U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, sponsored by the AFOSR, and a fellow of the 2009-2010 Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation.