John F. Raffensperger is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Prior to joining RAND, he was a senior lecturer in management science at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Raffensperger obtained a B.S. in industrial engineering from Northwestern University, later attending the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business for an M.B.A. and Ph.D., studying Army battalion readiness. His research interests include optimization, risk analysis, logistics, scheduling, and combinatorial optimization. For most of the past decade he has focused on design and implementation of markets for the environment, especially water.
He is currently researching problems of Army readiness and logistics. He is also interested in water markets, and using markets to reduce environmental effects of impervious cover, sediment runoff, and nutrient runoff.