Aisha Najera Chesler is a mathematician at the RAND Corporation. Her research has addressed various areas such as supply chain management, impacts of emerging technologies, national security and violence against women. She is interested in embedding diverse perspectives into data science practices and uses mathematical models, algorithms, data analysis and artificial intelligence to provide insights that inform strategic decisions, improve data quality and manage risks.
Among her many outreach activities, Najera Chesler co-organized a multidisciplinary workshop in mathematics and public policy which resulted in a publication of a Springer book. The workshop, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, brought together women from industry and academia to collaborate on pressing policy issues including climate change and cybersecurity.
Prior to joining RAND, Najera Chesler was a consultant for IBM Global Business Services, where she worked on software implementations and strategic business opportunities for some of IBM’s largest global clients.
She holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Claremont Graduate University. She also has an M.S. from the University of Arizona and a B.S. from the National University of Mexico, both in mathematics.