Michael Watson

Project Associate
Washington Office


M.S. in physics, Towson State University


Michael Watson joined RAND in 2014 after graduating from Towson University with a Master's in Applied Physics. Prior to RAND, Watson worked in research groups at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Argonne National Lab and taught Physics at Towson University and Howard Community College. His research in the physical sciences has primarily been focused in the characterization of materials through the use of lasers. His most recent project was work on atomically thin molybdenum disulfide as a possible replacement for silicon in electronics. Watson has an academic background in Economics, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management. He is currently continuing his physical science research outside of RAND while working on projects in RAND in the fields of Science & Technology, Naval workforce consolidation, Air Force decision making for acquisitions, and Army efficiency.