Lisa Pelled Colabella

Senior Operations Researcher
Santa Monica Office


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 is currently leading military logistics studies on the Army's global equipping strategy and on overhaul planning for Army vehicles. She is also contributing to research on Army aviation maintenance and readiness, support area operations, multi-component unit headquarters, and Enterprise Resource Planning data applications. Over the past 15 years, Colabella has conducted RAND studies for the Army on a variety of fleet management topics, sustainment performance metrics, logistics readiness center performance metrics, Army data quality, and Army equipment transparency in the budget and procurement process. Colabella also spent three years at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, where she developed space system cost estimating guidance. Before joining RAND in 2000, Colabella served on the faculty of the University of Southern California, where she conducted studies in the field of organizational behavior and received the Department of Management and Organization's 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.

Recent Projects

  • Facilitating Army Vehicle Overhaul Planning
  • Global Equipping Strategy
  • Enterprise Resource Planning data applications
  • Army Sustainment Performance Metrics
  • Improving the Army's Materiel Common Operating Picture

Selected Publications

Colabella, L., Bower, A., Galway, L., Pint, E., & Eng, J., 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, L., Bower, A., Eden, R., Peltz, E., Lewis, M., & O'Neill, K., Equipment Sustainment Data in Standard Army Management Information Systems: Needs, Gaps, and Opportunities, RAND Corporation (DB-643-A), 2012

Pint, E., Adams, J., Colabella, L., & Sleeper, S., Improving Recapitalization Planning: Toward a Fleet Management Model for the High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, RAND Corporation (TR-464), 2008

Honors & Awards

  • Ascending Scholar, Western Academy of Management
  • Excellence in Research Award, University of Southern California, Dept of Mgmt and Org