David DeSmet

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in materials science and engineering, University of California, Berkeley


David DeSmet is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His policy interests include renewable energy, the consequences of anthropogenic global warming, and socioeconomic equity.

Before Pardee RAND, he worked as a research environmental engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Research and Decision Science lab within the Engineer Research and Development Center. There, he co-wrote a paper on advanced and nano-material regulation, conducted research on carbon sequestration and mitigating the effects of terrorism at State Department facilities abroad, and developed applications for producing optimizations of river dredging, among other projects. He previously worked as an engineer for the radio frequency compliance firm of Hammett & Edison, Inc. in Sonoma, California.

DeSmet is conversant in Spanish and his technical skills include R, Python, data science and machine learning, and GIS. He received his M.S. in environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.S. in materials science and engineering from University of California, Berkeley.