Anthony Rosello: Featured Researcher

Senior Engineer

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Anthony Rosello knows a lot about cargo aircraft, and not only from conducting research. Before coming to RAND in 2005, he spent 11 years in the Air Force, most of it piloting C-5s and C-21s. That story started back in 1985. "I had been fascinated by astronauts and pilots since I was a little kid. When I was in the eighth grade, I found out there was an Air Force Academy, and I decided that, no matter what I did in life, it was going to be with airplanes, space, or missiles."

He also knew that he had to be nominated for the academy, so when the congressman for his district was in town, Anthony paid him a visit. "He told me to come back in three years. But from that time on, I considered just about everything I did in terms of how it would look on my application."

Anthony made it to the Air Force Academy. In 1993, he was named both outstanding cadet in engineering sciences and distinguished graduate. Now a second lieutenant, he spent the next two years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was awarded a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering. A year of pilot training followed, then four years as C-5 Galaxy aircraft commander and air mobility director. His duties ranged from participating in humanitarian relief operations to solving C-5 wheel brake maintenance problems to developing software for presenting current mission and manpower tasking data to higher Air Force commands.

He concluded his Air Force career as flight examiner, chief of Standardization and Evaluation, and assistant director of operations for the C-21 Learjet. In these roles, he flew theater airlift missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom and developed, taught, and supervised training programs.

PAF’s Force Modernization and Employment program has been a perfect fit for Anthony. For the past five years, he has applied his skills as a technical and operations expert to such topics as upgrading legacy fighters; enhancing intratheater airlift capabilities; extending the life of the C-130 Hercules transport fleet; and ensuring the availability of positioning, navigation, and timing data to the warfighter.

Most recently, he led a research effort to analyze the cost-effectiveness of several options for modernizing the KC-10 aerial refueling aircraft. He has also assumed a corporate role as co–group manager of RAND’s Technology and Applied Sciences group, which focuses on hiring and developing staff with skills in mathematics, science, engineering, and other technology-related fields.

However, Anthony hasn’t given up his flying career. He serves in the Air Force Reserve and, in 2009, took a leave of absence from RAND to be trained as a C-130 Hercules pilot. He is also a licensed commercial pilot with multiengine and instrument ratings.