Angela Putney

Physical Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in astronomy, California Institute of Technology; S.B. in physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Angela Putney is a physical scientist at the RAND Corporation. Since joining RAND, Putney has worked on a variety of Homeland Security Operational and Analysis Center (HSOAC) and National Defense Research Institute (NDRI) projects across multiple customers and topics, although mostly involving sensors.

Prior to joining RAND, Putney has been working in industry on research and development related to sensors and looking for weak signals. She was involved in the development (algorithms, hardware, data display), validation testing, evaluation testing, installation, and maintenance of a radar tracking system for maritime and land situational awareness; developing and testing algorithms and developing hardware used for Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) for both mine countermeasures and antisubmarine warfare; synthetic aperture radar and optical data and algorithms to locate weak signals in data. She directly worked on systems for the US Navy, DARPA, ONR, DHS Customs and Border Protection, DHS Science and Technology, US Coast Guard, and non-federal entities.

Putney received her Ph.D. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology focusing on studying magnetic white dwarf stars with optical circular spectropolarimetry, and received her bachelor in physics from MIT studying X-ray binary pulsars and developing a linear optical polarimeter.