Katie Feistel

Katie Feistel
Deputy Lead, RAND Space Enterprise Initiative; Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in industrial and systems engineering, University of Southern California; B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Texas at Austin


Katie Feistel is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is the deputy lead of the RAND Space Enterprise Initiative, a virtual center that provides a focal point for all RAND space-related research for the U.S. government and U.S. allies. Her research interests include disability policy with a focus on children and youth with special healthcare needs, as well as topics related to national security and space.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was a senior project engineer at The Aerospace Corporation where she held multiple positions providing systems engineering and architecture support for national security space and launch vehicle systems.

She has a M.S. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Award, RAND Corporation