Kenneth Kuhn

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Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in civil engineering, University of California, Berkeley; M.S. in operations research, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in math, Johns Hopkins University


Kenneth Kuhn is an operations researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on transportation system operations (particularly air traffic management), infrastructure management, the impacts of weather and extreme events, and logistics.

Kuhn's technical training is in optimization, statistics, transportation engineering, and economics. Prior to starting at RAND, he was an assistant professor at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and an aviation systems researcher at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Selected Publications

Kuhn, K., "Ground Delay Program Planning: Delay, Equity, and Computational Complexity," Transportation Research Part C, 35:193-203, 2013

Teng, G., Kuhn, K., and Sainudiin, R., "Statistical Regular Pavings to Analyze Massive Data of Aircraft Trajectories," Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication, 9(1):14-25, 2012

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Innovation Award, IBM Smarter Planet Initiative
  • Best Paper by a Young Author, World Conference on Transport Research Society
  • Student of the Year, University of California Transportation Center


  • An Australia Post drone is pictured during a delivery trial in Melbourne, April 15, 2016

    How to Prevent Drones Colliding in Crowded Skies

    The federal government should work with private firms to develop drone traffic management systems and test drone designs. This could help stimulate the development of drone aviation. It could also help modernize the air traffic control system.

    Sep 14, 2016 Newsweek

  • Cars stranded in flood waters from Hurricane Irene in lower Manhattan, August 28, 2011

    Why Engineers Need to Be Thinking About Climate Change

    As sea levels rise and extreme weather events become more common, evacuation routes in coastal areas will become more important. Transportation engineers need to be more proactive as they try to anticipate damage to transportation infrastructure assets such as pavement, bridges, and culverts.

    Feb 22, 2016 Inside Science