Edward Balkovich

Senior Information Scientist; Core Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D., M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science, University of California, Santa Barbara; B.A. in mathematics, University of California, Berkeley


Edward Balkovich is a senior information scientist at RAND and a core faculty member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He joined RAND in 2001 after a career in private industry. His research interests center on information and communications technology (ICT) and infrastructure, and institutional and societal impacts of ICT. His research projects at RAND have included information technology strategies for law enforcement and defense, telecommunications policy, privacy issues raised by the increased use of sensors and mobile consumer electronics, use of new technologies in critical infrastructure protection, information assurance, and science and technology research strategies and infrastructures. National and international clients support his research.

Balkovich has held senior positions with Verizon, and Digital Equipment Corporation (now HP). There, he played a major role in a variety of technology projects including VoIP and DSL systems, and MIT's Project Athena (which developed X-windows, Kerberos authentication, and Zepher messaging). In addition to his industrial experience, he has contributed to National Research Council committees and workshops, and has held research and academic appointments with MIT, Brandeis University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of California. Balkovich has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Recent Projects

  • Technology strategies for law enforcement and defense
  • Telecommunications policy
  • Science and technology policy
  • Privacy issues raised by the increased use of sensors and mobile consumer electronics

Selected Publications

Edward Balkovich, et al., Electronic Surveillance of Mobile Devices: understanding the mobile ecosystem and applicable surveillance law, RAND Corporation (RR-800-NIJ), 2015

Victoria A. Greenfield, et al., The Federal Voting Assistance Program: refocusing and reorganizing for the road ahead, RAND Corporation (RR-9862-OSD), 2015

Daniel Gonzales, et al., Wireless Emergency Alerts: mobile penetration strategy, RAND Corporation (RR-174), 2013

Victoria A. Greenfield, et al., Design of the Qatar National Research Fund: an overview of the study approach and key recommendations, RAND Corporation (TR-209-QF), 2007

Edward Balkovich et al., 9 to 5: Do You Know If Your Boss Knows Where You Are? Case Studies of Radio Frequency Identification Usage in the Workplace, RAND Corporation (TR-197), 2005

Edward E. Balkovich and Robert H. Anderson, "Critical Infrastructures Will Remain Vulnerable: Neighbourhoods Must Fend for Themselves," International Journal of Critical Infrastructures, 1(1), 2004