Lauren A. Mayer

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Associate Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; M.Sc. in environmental sciences and engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.Sc. in mathematics; environmental policy, American University


Lauren A. (Fleishman) Mayer (Ph.D., Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University) is an Associate Policy Researcher at RAND with 14 years of experience researching risk-related topics. Currently, her research centers on defense acquisition risk and improving qualitative risk assessments conducted for the military. Mayer has broad experience conducting technical risk analyses and risk-informed decision analyses, communicating risk to the public and other stakeholders, applying social science techniques (e.g., qualitative interviewing, expert elicitation) to risk-related topics and developing interactive computer decision tools. Mayer's Ph.D. research involved developing risk communications (e.g., a computer decision tool) and eliciting public perceptions of different low-carbon energy options. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Mayer worked for ISL, Inc. performing risk and decision analyses as a consultant for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other government agencies. She has also worked as an Actuary for GEICO. Mayer has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Environmental Policy and a M.Sc. in Environmental Risk Assessment.

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