Steven Isley is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Isley completed a B.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington in 2005. While there, he participated in research involving revolutionary space propulsions systems. He then spent two years managing the University of Washington Aeronautical Laboratory where he supervised and coordinated wind tunnel testing services for a variety of customers both public and private. His responsibilities included writing test reports, supervising wind tunnel employees, and extensive programming. He then pursued a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he focused on system level analysis of the global air transportation network with particular emphasis on global emissions, fleet retirement strategies, and technology infusion. During this time he was an active member of the systems engineering architecture working group where he investigated a new Department of Defense architecture framework. He plans to pursue research in robust decision making, transportation economics, and technology innovation.