Katie Feistel

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; 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. Her research interests include science and technology, space, national security, deterrence, and disability policy.

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. Her recent focus was on developing future missile warning/missile defense space architectures and assessing potential utility for proliferated constellations.

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.