Amado Cordova is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation. His current research aims at answering policy questions primarily in national defense. He has been principal investigator within RAND Project Air Force (PAF), the Arroyo Center, and RAND Health.
Cordova's recent research on national defense has included Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR), defense acquisition and military technologies.
He previously was a member of the modeling team of COMPARE (Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts), which he joined when this initiative was launched.
Prior to joining RAND, Cordova was the chief technology officer of Copley Networks in California, where he directed fiber-optic telecom, datacom and video transmission product development. Before that, he spent 13 years with Litton Industries in California (now part of Northrop-Grumman). During that period he designed and developed fiber optic gyroscopes, and led a team that developed fiber gyros for military environments. For his contributions Cordova received Litton's C. Thornton Advanced Technology Award in 1994. He was also the principal investigator of the DoD DARPA Mantech task in charge of optimizing optical fiber. Cordova has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, a "Diplome d'Ingenieur," from Ecole Superieure d'Electricite, Paris, France, and a B.S. in physics from Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico. He holds 23 U.S. patents.
Amado Cordova, Christine Eibner, Raffaele Vardavas, James Broyles and Federico Girosi, "Modeling Employer Self-Insurance Decisions after the Affordable Care Act," Health Services Research (HSR) Journal, 2013
Amado Cordova, Sarah Nowak, Christine Eibner, Kenneth Finegold and Federico Girosi, "The COMPARE Microsimulation Model and the U.S. Affordable Care Act," International Journal of Microsimulation (IJM), 2013
Christine Eibner, Carter C. Price, Raffaele Var davas, Amado Cordova and Federico Girosi, "Small Firms’ Actions in Two Areas, And Exchange Premium and Enrollment Impact," Health Affairs, 31(2), 2012
Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Amado Cordova, Jeffrey Wasserman and Federico Girosi, "Could We Have Covered More People At Less Cost? Technically, Yes; Politically, Probably Not," Health Affairs, 29(6), 2010
Amado Cordova, Markus Deserno, William M. Gelbart and Avinoam Ben-Shaul, "Osmotic Shock and the Strength of Viral Capsids," Biophysical Journal, 85, 2003
Brien Alkire, Abbie Tingstad, Dale Benedetti, Amado Cordova, Irina Danescu, William Fry, D. Scott George, Lawrence M. Hanser, Lance Menthe, Erik Nemeth, David Ochmanek, Julia Pollak, Jessie Riposo, Timothy Smith, Alexander Stephenson, Leveraging the Past to Prepare for the Future of Air Force Intelligence Analysis, RAND (RR-1330), 2016
Amado Cordova, Lindsay Millard, Lance Menthe, Carl Rhodes and Robert Guffey, Motion imagery processing and exploitation (MIPE), RAND (RR-154-AF), 2013