Dara Gold is an Associate Mathematician at RAND, where she is interested in mathematical modeling and simulation across a variety of applications. She has so far contributed to work for the Army and Air Force in cyber security, force logistics and acquisition optimization. Additionally she has helped design a model for the NIJ tracking population movement through the criminal justice system. Prior to joining RAND, she was a Professorial Lecturer in the math department at American University in Washington, D.C. During the same period, she worked part time as a financial modeler in project finance, focusing on assets in aerospace and energy. In the summer of 2012 she worked at NASA (Goddard Space Flight Center) where she led simulation testing to model satellite collision probabilities for the March 2015 launch of the MMS (Magnetospheric Multi-Scale) satellites.
Gold holds a Ph.D. in math from Boston University, where she specialized in differential geometry. She has a B.S. in math from Georgetown University, and completed elective coursework in U.S. foreign policy and national security policy.