Mike Scarpati is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Scarpati completed his undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, with majors in economics, strategy and organization, and human resources. He has also taken classes in mathematics, computer science, and industrial engineering from Columbia University, Arizona State University, and University of Missouri–St. Louis. Upon graduating from Washington University, he worked for The Boeing Company in the Business Career Foundations Program, a fast-paced leadership development program. During his time at Boeing, Scarpati was involved in various functions with products at each stage in the product lifecycle, from the business strategy of the newly formed Boeing Energy Systems to supplier management on the Harpoon missile program. While at RAND, he is exploring national security policy and acquisition issues, as well as branching out into energy, infrastructure, and logistics.