Benjamin Goirigolzarri

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


B.S. in operations research, United States Air Force Academy


Benjamin Goirigolzarri is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research interests include robust optimization, linear programming and machine learning applied to defense acquisition, military operations and defense personnel planning.

Goirigolzarri holds a B.S. in operations research from the United States Air Force Academy. Prior to joining RAND, Goirigolzarri worked as an undergraduate research intern at Columbia University’s Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department and an undergraduate research assistant at the United States Air Force Academy’s Department of Mathematics.

His past work includes conducting robust optimization of flight schedules for airlift operations following natural disasters and developing an optimization approach to balancing cost and risk for advising combatant command capability advocacy. He has also worked on the analysis and invalidation of stated government contractor reliability for aircraft systems.