Felix Knutson

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in mathematics, United States Air Force Academy


Felix Knutson is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in mathematics and a minor in Russian.

While at the Air Force Academy, he participated in an exchange program in Tbilisi, Georgia, and helped lead a language immersion program in Riga, Latvia. He also conducted research for Air Force Space Command that involved coding a genetic algorithm in MATLAB to determine the optimal spacing for GPS satellites. After his time at RAND, he will serve as an operations research analyst in the Air Force. His research interests include modeling and simulation, defense personnel (recruiting, retention, and compensation), and public transportation.

Recent Projects

  • Retention and Advancement Barriers for Air Force Civilian Women, Minorities, and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Assessment of the Survivor Benefit Plan