Anu Narayanan

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Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in applied mathematics, University of Texas at Austin

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Anu Narayanan is an engineer at the RAND Corporation whose research lies at the intersection of critical infrastructure (particularly energy) systems and national security. She has led or conducted studies on this topic for the United States Air Force, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Narayanan's areas of methodological expertise include probabilistic risk assessment, scenario- and capabilities-based planning, and systems analysis. Narayanan received her Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and her B.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Recent Projects

  • Air Force Installation Energy Assurance
  • Characterizing National Vulnerabilities from Infrastructure Disruptions by Natural Disasters
  • RAND Support for the Quadrennial Energy Review
  • Valuing Air Force Energy Resilience
  • Deterring Attacks Against the Power Grid

Selected Publications

Narayanan et al., Valuing Air Force Electric Power Resilience: A Framework for Mission-Level Investment Prioritization, RAND Corporation (RR-2771-AF), 2019

Narayanan et al., Air Force Installation Energy Assurance: An Assessment Framework, RAND Corporation (RR-2066-AF), 2017

Narayanan et al., Characterizing National Exposures to Infrastructure from Natural Disasters: Data and Methods Documentation, RAND Corporation (RR-1453/1-DHS), 2016

Narayanan et al., A Modeling Framework for Optimizing F-35A Strategic Basing Decisions to Meet Training Requirements, RAND Corporation (RR-1546-AF), 2016

Anu Narayanan and M. Granger Morgan, "Sustaining Critical Social Services During Extended Regional Power Blackouts," Risk Analysis, 32, 2012

, Deterring Attacks Against the Power Grid: Two Approaches for the U.S. Department of Defense, (RR-3187-RC), 2020


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  • Engineer Anu Narayanan at the RAND office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 21, 2020, photo by Jim Mendenhall/Pro Photography Network

    Thinking Outside the Grid: Q&A with Anu Narayanan

    Anu Narayanan, an engineer at RAND, is a specialist in what-ifs. Her research focuses on critical infrastructure and national security. In this interview, she discusses her latest work that explores what would happen if a cyberattacker tried to take down the power grid.

    Mar 5, 2020