Yun Kang

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Associate Director, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center; Senior Operations Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, MIT


Yun Kang is the associate director of the RAND Acquisition and Technology Policy Center, and a Senior Operations Researcher at the RAND Corporation. He has experience in both the public and private sector. His engagement areas at RAND have included artificial intelligence/machine learning applications and policymaking, defense planning, force structure and posture modeling & analysis, Korean Peninsula/Asia-Pacific security, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Army Aviation, and supply chain management/logistics.

Prior to joining RAND, Kang held a senior management position at a high-tech startup company providing supply chain software solutions for tracking pharmaceutical/healthcare products. Kang also worked as a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in the Asia-Pacific region, where he advised multinational corporations on market entry, mergers and acquisitions, and IT strategy.

Kang completed his Masters and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research spanned across superconductivity, biomaterials, product design, manufacturing, and operations research.