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. 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.  She is an expert in operational requirements with a focus on border security, law enforcement surveillance, and cross components requirements. Nguyen is also a certified professional cost estimator with experience in validating over $50M in FEMA Public Assistance grants. Her portfolio of projects range from technology roadmaps to streamlining complex grant management processes. 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

  • Joint Requirements Council Requirements Analysis Support
  • Analysis of Position Navigation Timing (PNT) Alternatives
  • Expert Analysis of FEMA Cost Estimate Development process and validation for FEMA on Hurricane Maria Remediation/Reconstruction
  • Rapid Global Mobility