Yool Kim

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Senior Engineer; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Yool Kim is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Kim conducts and leads space policy research on topics spanning space launch, space acquisition, international space cooperation, commercial space, responsive space, space command and control, and space operations. She also served as a space policy analyst in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, focusing on international space cooperation.

Prior to joining RAND, she was a senior engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation where she worked on a range of civil and commercial space programs, including imagery and communications systems. Kim holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.