Aimee E. Curtright

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Senior Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in chemistry, University of California, Berkeley; B.S. in chemistry, University of Miami

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Aimee Curtright (she/her) is a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on energy and infrastructure technology and policy and the social, environmental, and economic implications of new technology adoption. Her expertise spans technologies from solar PV to shale gas to smart grids, often in the context of sustainability, resilience, and equity.

She previously served as associate director for RAND's Engineering & Applied Sciences (EAS) Department, where she hired dozens of STEM colleagues and helped support a diverse, multi-site research department of nearly 200 research staff. Prior to joining RAND, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP); a graduate fellow at the National Academies with the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems; and a researcher in microbattery fabrication at the U.S. Naval Research Lab. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in chemistry from University of Miami.


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