Timothy Marler

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Senior Research Engineer; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Rochester; M.S. in mechanical engineering, Penn State University; Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, University of Iowa

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Tim Marler is a senior research engineer at the RAND corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His work revolves around modeling and simulation with a focus on computational optimization, training simulators and virtual environments, digital human modeling, advanced manufacturing, and emerging technologies.

Over his career, Marler has worked on projects involving technology assessment, forcasting, and deployment; algorithm analysis and development; training simulators; system integration software for electromechanical systems; and computational models for optimization-based equipment distribution, injury prevention, human performance prediction, human-systems integration, and motion capture. Marler currently serves on the Department of Commerce’s Materials and Equipment Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) within the Bureau of Industry and Security.

Previously, Marler spent seventeen years at the University of Iowa's Center for Computer Aided Design, where he was the assistant director of the Virtual Soldier Research lab, co-director of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology lab, and an adjunct professor with the departments of biomedical engineering, mechanical and industrial engineering, and electrical and computer engineering. Additional experience ranges from software design to manufacturing, at Ford Motor Company, Amana, Pacific Northwest National Lab, and Hon. 

Marler holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa.

Recent Projects

  • Tools and Support for Human Systems Integration with The Future Vertical Lift Demonstrations
  • Enterprise View – Optimal Mix of Live, Virtual and Constructive Capabilities in Support of Training across Warfighter Domains
  • An Analysis of Education and Training Programs in Advanced Manufacturing using Robotics
  • Gap Analysis of Joint Training Needs and Training-Simulation Capabilities
  • Improved Officer Decision-Making and Stress Management with Virtual Environments

Selected Publications

Binnendijk, A., Marler, T., Bartels, E. M. , Brain-Computer Interfaces: U.S. Tactical Military Applications and Implications, (RR-2996-CGRS), 2020

Marler, T., Straus, S. G., Mizel, M. L., Hollywood, J. S., Harrison, B., Yeung, D., Klima, K., Lewis, W. L., Rizzo, S., Hartholt, A., Swain, C. , "Effective Game-Based Training for Police Officer Decision-Making: Linking Missions, Skills, and Virtual Content," Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), 2020

T. Marler, D. Young, "The Pragmatic Road to a Ph.D.," Times Higher Education, 2018

M. Bataineh, T. Marler, "Neural Network for Regression Problems with Reduced Training Sets," Neural Networks, 2017

T. Marler, N. Capdevila, J. Kersten, A. Taylor, S. Wanger, J. MacKiewicz, "Human Simulation for Task-Based Survivability Analysis," International Journal of Human Factors Modelling and Simulation, 2016

T. Marler, J. Arora, Multi-Objective Optimization: Concepts and Methods for Engineering, VDM Verlag, 2009


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