Youngbok Ryu

Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.S. in management, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.S. in science, technology, and environmental policy, University of Minnesota; B.A. in economics, Korea National Open University; B.S. in civil and environmental engineering, Korea University


Youngbok Ryu is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. He has an M.S. in technology management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.S. in science, technology, and environmental policy and mathematics from the University of Minnesota where he was an Ambassadorial Rotary Scholar. He completed undergraduate studies in civil and environmental engineering and economics at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.

Ryu has worked with the National Academy of Engineering as a Christine Mirzayan Fellow where he contributed to “Making Value for America: Embracing the Future of Manufacturing, Technology, and Work.” Prior to coming to the United States, he was a researcher at national and regional think tanks in South Korea, focusing on technology forecasting, patent mapping, and small business consulting. He also served as a military officer in Korea's Engineering Corps. His interests include science and technology, energy and environment, and regional economic development.

His doctoral dissertation explores the contextual effects of politics, region, industry, and network on the success of scientific and technology-based small businesses in order to accelerate the transition of technologies created through the U.S. Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research Program.

Selected Publications

Anthony, C.R., M. Moore, L.H. Hilborn, A. Rooney, S. Hickey, Y. Ryu, and L. Botwinick, Health Sector Reform in the Kurdistan Region - Iraq, RAND Corporation (RR-1659), 2016

Youngbok Ryu, "Small Business Innovation Research Program in the United States: A Political Review and Implications for East Asian Countries," STI Policy Review, (October), 2015

Steven W. Popper, Nidhi Kalra, Richard Silberglitt, Edmundo Molina-Perez, Youngbok Ryu, and Michael Scarpati, Strategic Issues Facing Transportation, Volume 3: Expediting Future Technologies for Enhancing Transportation System Performance, Transportation Research Board, 2013

Honors & Awards

  • Christine Mirzayan Fellowship, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Ambassadorial Rotary Scholarship, Rotary Foundation
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Scholarship, University of Minnesota