Timothy Lant is director of program development for Arizona State University’s Knowledge Enterprise and the project manager for the Compact X-ray Free Electron Laser project. With more than 20 years of experience in government, academic, think-tank, corporate and nonprofit positions, Lant’s areas of professional expertise are in research administration, program management, data science, information technology, risk and threat assessment, medical and public health and policy analysis.
In his current role, Lant is responsible for supporting all program management activities, including planning, requirement setting, budgeting, risk management and project lifecycle performance evaluation. He coordinates with science and engineering teams to align resources with execution requirements and leads project documentation efforts. Lant is credited with leading ASU’s efforts to capture and execute midscale ($7-70M) federal research contracts and projects in high-value, strategic portfolios.
Prior to joining ASU, Lant was director of the Division of Analytic Decision Support, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His primary responsibilities included leading HHS efforts to assess medical and public health consequences for disease outbreaks, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense terrorism and pandemic influenza. He also developed scenario-based and initial capabilities assessments, product specific requirements and requests for proposals across a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of medical countermeasures. Lant also led multiple inter-agency boards and committees related to medical and public health preparedness planning and acquisition of required products and services. He has worked extensively with the U.S. federal interagency, the White House and national labs. Lant created and led the HHS 2014 Ebola Modeling Coordination Group charged with developing analysis products and requirements with diverse stakeholder groups within federal, state, local and international organizations.
Lant earned a doctorate in applied mathematics, a Master of Actuarial Science (Risk) degree and has continuing education in policy analysis and biological threats. He has authored dozens of presentations, reports, policy briefings and peer-reviewed journal articles on exercise design and assessment, emergency management, resource management and modeling and simulation. Audiences for Lant’s work include the general public, first responders, public officials and academic/policy researchers.