Edward W. Chan

Edward W. Chan
Senior Operations Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in operations research, Cornell University


Edward Chan is a senior operations researcher at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He applies techniques such as process mapping, failure mode analysis, and mathematical modeling to a variety of readiness and preparedness problems in the security arena, be that homeland security, national security, or health security. He has conducted vulnerability analyses on aviation and maritime security, personnel screening processes, and election cybersecurity. He has developed performance measures in the areas of public health, hospital preparedness, and homeland security. He has led studies on military medical care including planning expeditionary care and aeromedical evacuation, increasing hospital surge capacity, and examining options for maintaining clinical currency. Chan earned his Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, and Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University.

Selected Publications

Chan, Edward W., Heather Krull, Sangeeta C. Ahluwalia, James R. Broyles, Daniel A. Waxman, Jill Gurvey, Paul M. Colthirst, JoEllen Schimmels, and Anthony Marinos, Options for Maintaining Clinical Proficiency During Peacetime, RAND Corporation (RR-2543-A), 2020

Hodgson, Quentin E., Edward W. Chan, Elizabeth Bodine-Baron, Bryan Boling, Benjamin Boudreaux, Bilyana Lilly, and Andrew J. Lohn, Securing U.S. Elections: A Method for Prioritizing Cybersecurity Risk in Election Infrastructure, RAND Corporation (RR-A512-1), 2022

Abir, Mahshid, Christopher Nelson, Edward W. Chan, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, Christina Cutter, Karishma V. Patel, and Andy Bogart, Critical Care Surge Response Strategies for the 2020 COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States, RAND Corporation (RR-A164-1), 2020

Towe, Vivian L., Elizabeth L. Petrun Sayers, Edward W. Chan, Alice Y. Kim, Ashlyn Tom, Wing Yi Chan, Jefferson P. Marquis, Michael W. Robbins, Lisa Saum-Manning, Margaret M. Weden, and Leslie Adrienne Payne, Community Planning and Capacity Building in Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria: Predisaster Conditions, Hurricane Damage, and Courses of Action, RAND Corporation (RR-2598), 2020

Williams, Heather J., Kristin Van Abel, David Metz, James V. Marrone, Edward W. Chan, Katherine Costello, Ryan Bauer, Devon Hill, Simon Veronneau, Joseph C. Chang, Ian Mitch, Joshua Lawrence Traub, Sarah Lovell, Zachary Haldeman, Kelly Klima, and Douglas C. Ligor, The Risk-Mitigation Value of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential: A Comprehensive Security Assessment of the TWIC Program, RAND Corporation (RR-3096), 2020

Mouton, Christopher A., Edward W. Chan, Adam R. Grissom, John P. Godges, Badreddine Ahtchi, and Brian Dougherty, Personnel Recovery in the AFRICOM Area of Responsibility: Cost-Effective Options for Improvement, RAND Corporation (RR-2161z1), 2019

Jackson BA, Chan EW, LaTourrette T, "Assessing the Security Benefits of a Trusted Traveler Program in the Presence of Attempted Attacker Exploitation and Compromise," Journal of Transportation Security, 5, 2012

Miro, Michelle E., Andrew Lauland, Rahim Ali, Edward W. Chan, Richard H. Donohue, Liisa Ecola, Timothy R. Gulden, Liam Regan, Karen M. Sudkamp, Tobias Sytsma, Michael T. Wilson, and Chandler Sachs, Assessing Risk to the National Critical Functions as a Result of Climate Change, RAND Corporation (RR-A1645-7), 2022