John F. Raffensperger

John F. Raffensperger
Operations Researcher, Adjunct; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in business, University of Chicago; M.B.A., University of Chicago; B.S. in industrial engineering, Northwestern University


John F. Raffensperger is an adjunct operations researcher at the RAND Corporation, Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Visiting Professor of Operations Management at Simon Business School, University of Rochester, NY. 

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 worked on problems of national security and emergency preparedness, including disaster recovery and military readiness and logistics. His research interests include logistics, process improvement, risk analysis, scheduling, water allocation, and climate change.

Selected Publications

Raffensperger, John F., and Mark W. Milke, Smart Markets for Water Resources: A Manual for Implementation, Springer, 2017