George Nacouzi

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Senior Engineer; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in aero/astro engineering, CSU Poly (Pomona); M.S. in aerospace engineering, UCLA; Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, UCI


George Nacouzi, a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, supports projects within Project AIR FORCE and the National Security Research Division. He is also a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Some of his current research interests include assessing the performance of space systems, traditional and non-traditional space situational awareness (SSA), space resilience, small satellite applications, nuclear command, control and communications (NC3) systems, hypersonic missiles, missile defense systems, counter-proliferation strategies, and effects of evolving technologies on strategic stability. Prior to joining RAND, he worked as a senior systems engineer at TRW and then Northrop Grumman, where he performed system and mission analyses of space and missile defense systems. He has also been a lecturer at the University of California, San Diego, and taught space related courses at Northrop Grumman. Nacouzi received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Recent Projects

  • Space Situational Awareness Architectures and C2
  • Nuclear Command and Control
  • Hypersonic Missiles
  • EMP Impact Assessment
  • UAV Proliferation

Honors & Awards

  • Research Excellence Award, RAND Project Air Force