Richard Silberglitt

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Senior Physical Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in solid state physics, University of Pennsylvania; B.S. in physics, Stevens Institute of Technology; M.S in physics, University of Pennsylvania


Richard Silberglitt is a senior physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has worked in academia, government, and private industry for more than 30 years performing, evaluating, and managing research in advanced technology areas; has lectured widely on emerging technologies in the United States and Asia; and is currently serving as chair of the International Advisory Board of the APEC Center for Technology Foresight, Bangkok, Thailand. He led a road-mapping effort for the U.S. government's Nano-Enabled Technology Initiative, was a member of the Chemical Industry Vision 2020 team, and participated in the National Nanotechnology Initiative's Nanotechnology-Enabled Sensing Workshop.

In addition to his technology foresight work, Silberglitt has coauthored the development of a method for research and development (R&D) portfolio analysis and management that has been expanded and modified for use by the U.S. Army, Navy, and National Security Agency. He has published more than 100 journal and proceedings articles and reports, and holds two patents.

Prior to joining RAND, Silberglitt worked in the private sector, as well as at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Brookhaven National Laboratory; the U.S. National Science Foundation; and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Silberglitt received his B.S. in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. in solid state physics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent Projects

  • Global technology foresight
  • Nanotechnology road mapping
  • R&D portfolio assessment and investment strategy

Selected Publications

Eric Landree et al., A Delicate Balance: Portfolio Analysis and Management for Intelligence Information Dissemination Programs, RAND Corporation, 2009

Richard Silberglitt et al., The Global Technology Revolution China: Emerging Technology Opportunities for the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), RAND Corporation, 2009

Brian G. Chow et al., Toward Affordable Systems: Portfolio Analysis and Management for Army Science and Technology Programs, RAND Corporation, 2009

Richard Silberglitt et al., The Global Technology Revolution 2020: Bio/Nano/Materials Information Technology Trends, Drivers, Barriers, and Social Implications, RAND Corporation, 2006

Richard Silberglitt et al., Portfolio Analysis and Investment Strategy for Naval Research and Development, RAND Corporation, 2004

Philip S. Anton et al., The Global Technology Revolution: Bio/Nano/Materials Trends and Their Synergies with Information Technology by 2015, RAND Corporation, 2001

C. Shipbaugh et al., "Nano-Enabled Components and Systems for Biodefense," in Biomedical Nanotechnology

Richard Silberglitt, "Nanomaterials: New Trends," in Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology