Ricardo Sanchez

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Codirector, Center for Scalable Computing and Analysis; Research Software Engineer
New Orleans Office


M.S. in industrial engineering, University of Pittsburgh; M.S. in electrical engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.S. in electrical engineering, Rice University


Ricky Sanchez is a Research Software Engineer with more than a decade of experience at RAND developing analytic solutions to policy questions for a diverse array of clients and domains. He has an MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in Operations Research from the University of Pittsburgh. He specializes in computer and mathematical modeling, optimization, data analysis and data visualization. Sanchez is the Co-Director of the RAND Center for Scalable Computing and Analysis and Professor of Policy of Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate school where he teaches courses on Data Science and Scientific Computing.

Recent Projects

  • Independent Cost Validation of FEMA's Public Assistance Projects in Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rico Economic and Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Modeling and Analysis to support Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan
  • Evaluating Combat Operations in Denied Environments and Medical Operations in Denied Environments
  • Analysis of Army Satellite Communications Bandwidth


  • A TV reporter wearing a mask, photo by brightstars/Getty Images

    Don't Make the Pandemic Worse with Poor Data Analysis

    The need for immediate answers in the face of severe public health and economic distress may create a temptation to relax statistical standards. But urgency should not preclude expert analysis and honest assessments of uncertainty. Mistaken assumptions could lead to counterproductive actions.

    May 6, 2020 The RAND Blog