Seifu Chonde

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Adjunct Operations Researcher
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Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research, The Pennsylvania State University; B.S. in mathematical sciences, University of Michigan; B.S.E. in chemical engineering, University of Michigan

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Seifu Chonde is an adjunct operations researcher at the RAND Corporation. Chonde's work uses a variety of methodological and applied projects. Recently he has focused on the use of modeling, simulation, natural language processing, and machine learning to operationalize effectiveness for clients, to extract meaning from gigabytes of unstructured data, to explore speed of technological innovation through imaginative future scenarios, and to assist a variety of colleagues visualize and present their data in impactful ways. His work has gained interest from a multidisciplinary audience and has led to several invited talks in statistics, mathematics, and engineering departments. Prior to his work at RAND, Chonde was an Alfred P. Sloan Scholar in the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems Analytics at the Pennsylvania State University where he earned a dual-title Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research. His doctoral work developed text and graph analytic solutions for the problems of knowledge extraction and summarization applied to nearly a million full-text journal articles.