Lisa Pelled Colabella

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 has led projects on Army logistics topics (e.g., fleet management, operating & support cost estimating, sustainment data quality, equipping strategy, and implications of emerging technologies) as well as projects for the Air Force and other DoD organizations on system acquisition costs, business intelligence, and supply chain health.  In addition to leading projects, she has served as a team member contributing to a variety of other 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.

Recent Projects

  • Sustainment Planning for Army Hypersonic Weapons
  • Hypersonic Technology Trends and Cost Analysis
  • Robotic Combat Vehicle Implications
  • Facilitating Army Vehicle Overhaul Planning
  • Enterprise Resource Planning data applications

Selected Publications

Dalzell, S., Schnaubelt, C.M., Linick, M.E., Gulden, T.R., Colabella, L.P., Straus, S.G., Sladden, J., Jensen, R., Olson, M., Donohue, A.G., Hastings, J.L., Reininger, H., and Speed, P., Main Command Post-Operational Detachments (MCP-ODs) and Division Headquarters Readiness, RAND Corporation (RR-2615), 2019

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, 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

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

Honors & Awards

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