James C. Spall is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, is the Chair of the Applied and Computational Mathematics Program and Co-Chair of the Data Science Program within the JHU School of Engineering, and is a Research Professor in the JHU Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Dr. Spall’s technical and educational activities are focused on stochastic systems, statistical analysis, simulation methods, and computational algorithms in optimization and related areas. He has published extensively in the areas of control and statistics (including three books) and holds two U.S. patents for inventions in control systems. Among other appointments, he was the program chair for the 2007 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and was one of the inaugural senior editors for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and a contributing editor for the Current Index to Statistics. Dr. Spall has received numerous research and publications awards and is a Fellow of IEEE, a member of the American Statistical Association, and a fellow of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi. He won the JHU Engineering for Professionals Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006 and the Professor Joel Dean Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics in May 2017.Additional publications and other information can be found on this website: https://sites.google.com/view/james-spall.

Education History

  • S.M. Technology and Policy Program (specialization and thesis in transportation systems), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. Systems Engineering, University of Virginia

Work Experience

Principal Professional Staff, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory


See https://sites.google.com/view/james-spall for list of approximately 170 refereed publications.


Spall, J. C. (2003), Introduction to Stochastic Search and Optimization: Estimation, Simulation, and Control, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ (618 pages).

Spall, J. C. (2023), “Solutions Manual for ‘Introduction to Stochastic Search and Optimization: Estimation, Simulation, and Control’” (320 pages).

Spall, J. C. (editor and coauthor) (1988), Bayesian Analysis of Time Series and Dynamic Models, Marcel Dekker, New York (now CRC Press) (576 pages).

Honors and Awards

  • See https://sites.google.com/view/james-spall for list of awards (2023)

Professional Organizations

American Statistical Association
Sigma Xi
Tau Beta Pi