Environmental Studies at UVM

Lance Polya

Lecturer II

Environmental Program

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Areas of Interest: 

Systems thinking, systems modeling


Dr. Lance Polya has developed and taught courses in systems thinking for technical and nontechnical students, comparative modeling techniques, and dynamic simulation methods.
Prior to teaching in the Environmental Program, he taught systems courses at UVM in the Mathematics Department, the Business School, and the Public Administration Program.

Prior to teaching at UVM, Dr. Polya was a consultant who conducted workshops in the basic and advanced principles of systems thinking to organizations in the public and private sectors. He also built computer models for long-range planning and problem solving, such as simulating decision-making under uncertainty and modeling consumer choices.

He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to teach systems thinking to nontechnical college students. He has published eight papers on models he has developed.


  • Ph.D. Systems Science School of Advanced Technology, State University of New York, 1981
  • Doctoral Studies, Computer Modeling, Dartmouth College, 1977
  • M.S. Applied Mathematics/Operations Research, North Carolina State University, 1969
  • B.S. Mathematics, Union College, 1967