Edward W. Chan

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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, Emergency Planning and Response Division, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; Research Health Scientist, Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Selected Publications

Chan, Edward W.; 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, RAND (RR-2543-A), 2020

Abir, Mahshid.; Nelson, Christopher D.; Chan, Edward W.; Al Ibrahim, Hamad; Cutter, Christina; Patel, Karishma; Bogart, Andy., Critical Care Surge Response Strategies for the 2020 COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States, RAND (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, RAND (RR-A112-10), 2020

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

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

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 (RR-822-OSD), 2014


  • Laboratory with map of United States showing disease outbreaks, photo by janiecbros/Getty Images

    Rebuild Public Health for the Next Pandemic?

    COVID-19 exposed how underprepared the United States was for a pandemic and raised questions about preparedness for the next one. With political will to spend money on public health, how can America take a holistic view of all the options? And how should investments be prioritized?

    Aug 6, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • Prepare for Disaster

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

    Sep 27, 2005 United Press International