Mary Lee

Mary Lee
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in mathematics, University of California, Irvine

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Mary Lee (she/her) is a mathematician at the RAND Corporation and inaugural Fellow for the RAND Center for Global Risk and Security. Her research interests include mathematical modeling and simulation of complex systems in the areas of defense/aerospace, cyber policy, and health care and chronic diseases. Projects at RAND include research on emerging Internet of Bodies technologies; analyzing air and space operations for the Department of the Air Force; creating simulation tools to help inform cyber security policies; and understanding the energy balance in obesity and the development of diabetes. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked for many years as a senior systems engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, where much of her work centered on developing tracking algorithms for airborne radar systems. Lee received her Ph.D. and M.S. in mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, and B.A. in applied mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation research focused on mathematical modeling of cancer growth and metabolism.

Recent Projects

  • Internet of Bodies
  • 5G Opportunities and Risks
  • Reliable Communications in a Contested Environment
  • Warfighting in a Cyber-Contested Environment
  • Microsimulation of Obesity Policies

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Medal Award Key Contributor
  • RAND Spotlight Award
  • RAND Commentary Fellow 2022

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Cyberwire