Nahom M. Beyene

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Engineer
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. in rehabilitation sciences, University of Pittsburgh; MSEng in biomechanical engineering, Stanford University; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Overview

Nahom Beyene is a research engineer with the Engineering and Applied Sciences Department. He provides technical project leadership and systems research expertise on topics spanning transportation, process automation, information assurance, data stewardship, and human interfaces to emerging technologies. Beyene contributes to projects and methodologies involvoing tech-enabled human performance, user-centered design, capabilities & requirements generation for acquisition programs, smart technology integration into organizational workflows, and design thinking to evaluate policy implications. Prior to joining RAND, Beyene worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center on the team that developed the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device for the International Space Station. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh doctoral program in rehabilitation science to research driver rehabilitation services for people with disabilities and other medical impairments. His doctoral work has been recognized and awarded by PhD Comics, the Everyday Health Awards for Innovation at CES2014, and the Cameron Rian Hays Outside the Box Competition for Transportation Innovation. Beyene enjoys contributing to community enrichment efforts and sharing perspectives on equity & inclusion and is a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Founder; Navity, Inc.

Recent Projects

  • AI for Elder Care in the Home
  • Pilot Design of Assessment & Authorization Integration Process: Using Human Centered Design Methods to Improve Customer Experiences
  • Weapon System Design Loop Analysis
  • Mission and Design Requirements for Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport
  • Implementation of Autonomous Vehicles in the CS & CSS Force Structure

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Medal Award - Key Contributor, RAND Corporation

Languages

Amharic

Publications