Thao Liz Nguyen

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Physical Scientist
Washington Office


B.S. in chemistry, Lafayette College; Ph. D. in chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park


Thao (Liz) Nguyen is a physical scientist at the RAND Corporation with expertise in the area of homeland security and public assistance grants management. She supported implementation and execution of the Joint Requirements Council (JRC) at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Headquarters. Nguyen has facilitated and supported requirements development throughout DHS at an enterprise and component level. Her portfolio of projects include developing technology roadmaps, cost estimating,  streamlining complex federal grant management processes, and evaluating anti-terrorism technology. Her scientific expertise involves the functionalization, synthesis, fabrication, application, and metrology of inorganic, metallic, and polymer-based nanomaterials. 

Previous Positions

Postdoctoral research associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Recent Projects

  • SAFETY Act
  • Analysis of Position Navigation Timing (PNT) Alternatives
  • Expert Analysis of FEMA Cost Estimate Development process and validation for FEMA on Hurricane Maria Remediation/Reconstruction