Edward W. Chan

Senior Operations Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in operations research, Cornell University


Edward Chan is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation.  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 infrastructure cybersecurity. He has developed performance measures in the areas of public health, hospital preparedness, and homeland security. He has conducted studies on military medical care including planning expeditionary care and aeromedical evacuation, 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.

Previous Positions

Medical Countermeasures Planner, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; Research Health Scientist, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Selected Publications

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

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

Hodgson, Quentin E.; Kavanagh, Jennifer; Chan, Edward Wei-Min; Sovak, Christine, Options for Ensuring Safe Elections: Preparing for Elections During a Pandemic, (RR-A112-10), 2020

Mouton, Christopher A.; Chan, Edward Wei-Min; Grissom, Adam; Godges, John.; Ahtchi, Badreddine.; Dougherty, Brian K., Personnel Recovery in the AFRICOM Area of Responsibility: Cost-Effective Options for Improvement, (RR-2161z1), 2019

Peltz E, Cox A, Chan EW, Hart GE, Sommerhauser D, Hawkins C , Connor KL, Improving DLA Supply Chain Agility: Lead Times, Order Quantities, and Information Flow, RAND Corporation (RR-822-OSD), 2014

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

Chan EW, Krull H, Lachman BE, LaTourrette T, Costello R, Snyder D, Amouzegar MA, Ritschard HV, Guermonprez S, Improving Joint Expeditionary Medical Planning Based on a Patient Flow Approach, RAND Corporation (TR-1003-AF), 2012

Nelson CD, Chan EW, Fan CD, Lotstein D, Caldarone LB, Shelton SR, Maletic AL, Parker AM, Felton A, Pomeroy A, Sloss EM, New Tools for Assessing State and Local Capabilities for Countermeasure Delivery, RAND Corporation (TR-665-DHHS), 2009


  • Prepare for Disaster

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Prepare for Disaster in the United Press International.

    Sep 27, 2005 United Press International