John F. Raffensperger is a senior operations researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Born and raised in Chicago, 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 U.S. Army training readiness. He was a RAND Summer Associate in 1990. From 1998 to 2012, he was a senior lecturer in management science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he focused on auction theory, environmental economics, and markets for water resources.
In 2013, he returned to RAND, where he has worked on problems of national security and emergency preparedness, including disaster recovery and military readiness and logistics. His research interests include artificial intelligence, logistics, optimization, process improvement, risk analysis, scheduling, truth decay, water allocation, and ecological economics.
Raffensperger, John F., and Mark W. Milke, Smart Markets for Water Resources: A Manual for Implementation, Springer, 2017