Maynard A. Holliday

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MS in mechanical engineering design/robotics, Stanford University; BS in mechanical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

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Maynard Holliday is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, and was a presidential appointee and senior technical advisor to the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L). As the senior technical advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense, he provided the Secretary expert technical and programmatic analysis and advice on a broad range of research, development, acquisition, and sustainment issues. He led OUSD (AT&L) analyses of commercial Independent Research and Development (IRAD) programs. He helped establish the Department's Defense Innovation Unit—experimental (DIUx) in Silicon Valley that the Secretary of Defense announced in a speech at Stanford in April 2015.

Holliday was one of several government advisers to the 2015 Defense Science Board (DSB) summer study on autonomy where he used extensive industry and laboratory contacts to help inform the study. Before leaving the Pentagon he was awarded the Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

He is a POC and project lead for RAND's autonomous vehicle research in the SF Bay Area.

Holliday won scholarships to attend Stanford University and the International Space University in France and was a two-time finalist for the U.S. Astronaut Corp. He is a co-founder of Robot Garden, the robotics themed hacker space in Livermore, CA. He holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering design from Stanford University, where he emphasized robotics and international security and arms control and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Previous Positions

Special Assistant USD AT&L

Selected Publications

Maynard Holliday, Chris Holden, "Advanced Web-Based Temporal Analytics for Arms Control Verification and Compliance," AAAS Science & Diplomacy Journal, 2014

Best, K. L., et al., How to analyze the cyber threat from drones : background, analysis frameworks, and analysis tools, RAND (RR-2972), 2020

Honors & Awards

  • Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Department of Energy Meritorious Service Award, Department of Energy