Nahom M. Beyene

Nahom M. Beyene
Senior Engineer; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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

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Nahom Beyene is a senior research engineer at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. 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 involving 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 is a lifetime member of the National Society of Black Engineers. He holds a Ph.D. in rehabilitation sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S.E. in biomechanical engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Founder; Navity, Inc.

Selected Publications

Mayer, Lauren A., William Shelton, Christian Johnson, Daniel Adducchio, Raza Khan, Suzanne Genc, Danielle C. Tarraf, and Nahom M. Beyene, Improving the Technical Requirements Development Process for Weapon Systems: A Systems-Based Approach for Managers, RAND Corporation (RR-A997-1), 2022

Piquado, Tepring, Sina Beaghley, Lisa Pelled Colabella, and Nahom M. Beyene, Assessing the Potential for Racial Bias in the Security Clearance Process, RAND Corporation (RR-A1201-1-v2), 2022

Best, Katharina Ley, Jon Schmid, Shane Tierney, Jalal Awan, Nahom M. Beyene, Maynard A. Holliday, Raza Khan, and Karen Lee, How to Analyze the Cyber Threat from Drones: Background, Analysis Frameworks, and Analysis Tools, RAND Corporation (RR-2972-RC), 2020

McKay, Shawn, Matthew E. Boyer, Nahom M. Beyene, Michael Lerario, Matthew W. Lewis, Karlyn D. Stanley, Randall Steeb, Bradley Wilson, and Kate Giglio, Automating Army Convoys: Technical and Tactical Risks and Opportunities, RAND Corporation (RR-2406-A), 2020

Etchegaray, Jason Michel, Heather Krull, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Lea Xenakis, Bernard D. Rostker, Nahom M. Beyene, Sangeeta C. Ahluwalia, Tepring Piquado, Edward W. Chan, and Angela Clague, Core Competencies for Amputation Rehabilitation, RAND Corporation (RR-2898-A), 2019

Winkelman, Zev, Maya Buenaventura, James M. Anderson, Nahom M. Beyene, Pavan Katkar, and Greg Baumann, When Autonomous Vehicles Are Hacked, Who Is Liable?RAND Corporation (RR-2654-RC), 2019