Lauren A. Mayer

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

Education

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

Overview

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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