Brian Dolan

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Associate Engineer
Pittsburgh Office

Education

Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, University of Cincinnati; B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering, SUNY Buffalo

Overview

Brian Dolan is an associate engineer with expertise in aerospace science and engineering, measurement and sensing technologies, quantitative data analysis, science and technology policy, and system modeling. His research at RAND encompasses numerous aspects of national and homeland security as well as disaster recovery. Recent work has studied topics such as cruise missile defense, export policy pertaining to WMD delivery systems, conceptual design for remote sensing installations, costs of Puerto Rico disaster recovery, and the modernization of the Air Force nuclear enterprise.


Prior to joining RAND in 2017, Dolan held a temporary research position at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, where he delivered technical analysis on policy challenges including anthropogenic methane emissions and safety regulation in commercial human spaceflight to The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other sponsors in the Federal Government. In 2016, he earned his Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, where he led multiple research and development programs that improved the performance, and our understanding of, advanced aerospace propulsion systems.

Selected Publications

George Nacouzi, J.D. Williams, Brian Dolan, Anne Stickells, David Luckey, Colin Ludwig, Jia Xu, Yuliya Shokh, Daniel M. Gerstein, Michael H. Decker, Assessment of the Proliferation of Certain Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems: Response to Section 1276 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, The RAND Corporation (RR-2369), 2017

Brian Dolan, Rodrigo Villalva Gomez, Spencer Pack, Ephraim Gutmark, "Measurements and Analysis of Alternating Flow Patterns in a Multinozzle Combustor," AIAA Journal, 55(1), 2017

Brian Dolan, Rodrigo Villalva Gomez, Gregory Zink, Spencer Pack, Ephraim Gutmark, "Effect of Nozzle Spacing on Nitrogen-Oxide Emissions and Lean Operability," AIAA Journal, 54(6), 2016

Publications