Katherine C. Hastings

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Associate Operations Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


PhD in mathematical sciences (operations research concentration), Clemson University; MS in mathematical sciences (operations research concentration), Clemson University


Katherine Hastings is an associate operations researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her background includes a diverse training in the mathematical sciences, including operations research, stochastic processes, statistics, and computation, with a research concentration of optimization in stochastic networks.

Her recent research portfolio contains extensive analytical analyses with the realm of national defense and security including Air Force operations and medical operations in contested and contaminated environments (e.g., optimizing storage locations of prepositioned materiel, patient outcomes at medical treatment facilities, and operational impacts of chemical and biological attacks); an assessment of Army UAV performance with respect to target detection and exploitation under varying levels of autonomy; and an evaluation of Army radio network performance in environments with compromised communications. Hastings has also studied a variety of manpower-related issues within the Services as well as DoD to include staffing requirements for the subpopulations within the Operational Contract Support workforce; deployment demands for Army expeditionary civilians; and contingency requirements for Air Force maintenance personnel under alternative concepts of operations.

Hastings earned her Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University.