John S. Crown

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Senior Management Scientist
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in statistics, Texas A&M University; M.S. in operations research, Air Force Institute of Technology; M.S. in applied mathematics, Air Force Institute of Technology


John Crown is a senior management scientist who works mostly for Project AIR FORCE, concentrating on Manpower, Personnel and Training projects. He is considered an expert in Air Force officer and enlisted promotion systems and Air Force data analysis. Prior to coming to the RAND Corporation, he was Division Chief, Research, Analysis and Data Division at the Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Randolph AFB, TX. From 2005 to 2009, he was a statistician for RAND and before that he held many operations research analyst positions while active duty in the Air Force beginning in 1985. He holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Texas A&M University, master's degrees in Operations Research and Applied Mathematics from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, and a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, TX. Crown retired from the Air Force in 2005 as a Lt Col stationed at Tinker AFB, OK, where he was the 72d Mission Support Squadron Commander, operational commander for over 170 military and civilian personnel, and administrative commander to another 400 assigned throughout Tinker AFB and geographically separated units.  As commander, provided support to over 8,700 military personnel and their dependents, 14,300 civilians and 36,500 retirees.

Recent Projects

  • Enlisted Force Management in the US Air Force

Selected Publications

Dave Reineke and John Crown, "Estimation of Hazard, Density and Survival Functions for Randomly Censored Data - 2004," Journal of Applied Statistics, 313(10), 2004

John S. Crown, "Percentage Points for Directional Anderson-Darling Goodness-of-Fit Tests - 2000," Communications in Statistics: Simulation and Computation, 29(2), 2000

John S. Crown, "On the Theory and Practice of Fitting Distributions to Data - 1997," PhD Dissertation, 1997

John S. Crown, "Goodness-of-Fit Test for a Family of Two-Parameter Weibulls with Known Shape using Minimum Distance Estimation of Parameters - 1991," Master's Thesis

Honors & Awards

  • Medal Award, Key Contributor, 2018, 2019 and 2020, RAND Corporation


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