Lauren A. Mayer

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Senior Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; M.Sc. in environmental sciences and engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.Sc. in mathematics; environmental policy, American University

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Lauren A. (Fleishman) Mayer is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation with over 15 years of experience researching risk-related topics. Currently, her research centers on defense acquisition, including topics such as cybersecurity; procurement, delivery and sustainment; and industrial base issues. Mayer's methodological focus strives to improve subjective risk assessments conducted for the military.

Mayer has broad expertise conducting technical risk analyses and risk-informed decision analyses, communicating risk to the public and other stakeholders, applying social science techniques (e.g., qualitative interviewing, expert elicitation) to risk-related topics and developing interactive computer decision tools. 

Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Mayer worked for ISL, Inc. performing risk and decision analyses as a consultant for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other government agencies. She has also worked as an actuary for GEICO. Mayer earned a Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.Sc. in environmental risk assessment from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.Sc. in mathematics and environmental policy from American University.