Lisa Pelled Colabella

Lisa Pelled Colabella
Senior Operations Researcher


Ph.D. in industrial engineering, Stanford University; M.S. in operations research, Stanford University; B.S. in systems engineering, University of Virginia


Lisa Pelled Colabella is a senior operations researcher at RAND.  She has led a variety of projects on Army logistics topics such as fleet management, operating & support cost estimating, data quality, equipping strategy, and implications of emerging technologies (e.g., robotic and hypersonic systems).  She has also led projects on Air Force and other DoD supply chain management topics (system acquisition costs, business intelligence, and supply chain health) and on Department of Homeland Security information system planning.  In addition to leading projects, she has served as a team member contributing to projects on Army logistics, personnel, and training; Air Force acquisition and workforce management; and homeland security technology and staffing.  Colabella also spent three years at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), where she developed space system cost estimating guidance and conducted research on cost estimating techniques. Before joining RAND in 2000, Colabella served on the faculty of the University of Southern California, where she taught courses and conducted studies in the field of organizational behavior and received the Department of Management and Organization’s first annual Excellence in Research Award.

Colabella holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Selected Publications

Silberglitt, Richard, Cynthia R. Cook, Steven W. Popper, Lisa Pelled Colabella, Paul Dreyer, Eric Hastings, Alexander C. Hou, Alexis Levedahl, Edward Parker, Scott Savitz, and Li Ang Zhang, Systematic Method for Prioritizing Investments in Game-Changing Technologies: The Evaluation and Comparison Process Framework, RAND Corporation (RR-A632-1), 2022

Dalzell, Stephen, Christopher M. Schnaubelt, Michael E. Linick, Timothy R. Gulden, Lisa Pelled Colabella, Susan G. Straus, James Sladden, Rebecca Jensen, Matthew Olson, Amy Grace Donohue, Jaime L. Hastings, Hilary Reininger, and Penelope Speed, Main Command Post-Operational Detachments (MCP-ODs) and Division Headquarters Readiness, RAND Corporation (RR-2615-A), 2019

Butler, Dwayne M., Angelena Bohman, Lisa Pelled Colabella, Julia A. Thompson, Michael Shurkin, Stephan B. Seabrook, Rebecca Jensen, and Christina Bartol Burnett, Comprehensive Analysis of Strategic Force Generation Challenges in the Australian Army, RAND Corporation (RR-2382-AUS), 2018

Colabella, Lisa Pelled, Aimee Bower, Lionel A. Galway, Ellen M. Pint, and Jason Eng, Measuring the Value of Renewal: Age, Operational Tempo, Deployment, and Reset Effects on the Readiness and Maintenance Costs of Army Vehicles, RAND Corporation (DB-648-A), 2013

Colabella, Lisa Pelled, Aimee Bower, Rick Eden, Eric Peltz, Matthew W. Lewis, and Kevin O'Neill, Equipment Sustainment Data in Standard Army Management Information Systems: Needs, Gaps, and Opportunities, RAND Corporation (DB-643-A), 2012

Pint, Ellen M., Lisa Pelled Colabella, Justin L. Adams, and Sally Sleeper, Improving Recapitalization Planning: Toward a Fleet Management Model for the High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, RAND Corporation (TR-464-A), 2008