Brian Dolan

Brian Dolan
Pittsburgh Office


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


Brian Dolan (he/him) is an engineer with expertise in aerospace science and engineering, air and space warfare, science and technology policy, and modeling complex systems. His research at RAND spans many aspects of military operations and acquisitions for the air and space domains. Recent work has studied topics such as the readiness of the US Space Force, export policy for WMD delivery systems, integrated conventional and nuclear operations, and DOD use of commercial space services.

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 public policy topics. 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

Yonekura, Emmi, Brian Dolan, Moon Kim, Krista Romita Grocholski, Raza Khan, and Yool Kim, Commercial Space Capabilities and Market Overview: The Relationship Between Commercial Space Developments and the U.S. Department of Defense, RAND Corporation (RR-A578-2), 2022

Snyder, Don, Sherrill Lingel, George Nacouzi, Brian Dolan, Jake McKeon, John Speed Meyers, Kurt Klein, and Thomas Hamilton, Managing Nuclear Modernization Challenges for the U.S. Air Force: A Mission-Centric Approach, RAND Corporation (RR-3178-AF), 2019

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