Sherrill Lingel

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Manager, Technology and Applied Sciences Group; Senior Engineer
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Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering, M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics engineering, University of Washington; B.S. in aeronautical engineering, University of Virginia

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Sherrill Lingel is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation and manager of the Technology and Applied Sciences Group at RAND. She conducts research on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) issues for the Air Force under RAND Project AIR FORCE's Force Modernization and Employment Program. Her work has supported the improvement of integration of ISR and strike command and control processes for Headquarters Air Force; evaluated RPA basing options for Pacific Air Forces; and examined sensor upgrades for Air Force RPAs for Air Combat Command and Pacific Air Forces.

Lingel's work at RAND has included examining the tasking and employing of ISR assets for a range of conflicts; modeling and analysis related to aircraft survivability; and looking at the methodology employed by the military for collateral damage estimation and mitigation. She has also studied the man-portable air defense systems, or MANPAD, threat to commercial aviation. She has a background in modeling and simulation of air- and space-based systems and fluid dynamics.

Prior to joining RAND, Lingel worked for the Norwegian Institute for Water Research in Oslo, Norway.

Lingel received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Washington.

Recent Projects

  • Future roles and missions of unmanned aircraft systems for the U.S. Air Force
  • Basing options for unmanned aerial systems
  • Global Hawk sensor upgrades for maritime surveillance

Selected Publications

Sherrill Lingel et al., Methodology for Improving the Planning, Execution and Assessment of Intelligence, RAND Corporation (TR-459), 2008

Eric V. Larson et al., Assuring Access in Key Strategic Regions: Toward a Long-Term Strategy, RAND Corporation (MG-112), 2005

James Chow et al., Protecting Commercial Aviation Against the Shoulder-Fired Missile Threat, RAND Corporation (OP-106), 2005