Krista Romita Grocholski

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Physical Scientist
Washington Office


PhD in astronomy, University of Florida; M.S. in astronomy, University of Florida; B.A. in astronomy & physics, Vassar College


Krista Romita Grocholski (she/her) is a physical scientist at the RAND Corporation and co-program manager for the NOAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (MARISA) center.  Romita Grocholski's National Security work at RAND has been focused on military readiness, emerging technologies, commercial space, intermediate force capabilities, modeling, and data analysis.  Prior to joining RAND, she completed her Ph.D. in observational astronomy at the University of Florida.  Romita Grocholski received her M.S. in astronomy from the University of Florida and her B.A. in astronomy and physics from Vassar College.

Recent Projects

  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (MARISA) 2.0
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Consortium for Climate Assessment and Policy
  • Assessing the Impact of Intermediate Force Capabilities
  • A Robust Strategy for Leveraging Commercial Space Capabilities


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