Richard Silberglitt

Richard Silberglitt
Senior Physical Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in solid state physics, University of Pennsylvania; B.S. in physics, Stevens Institute of Technology; M.S in physics, University of Pennsylvania


Richard Silberglitt is a senior physical scientist at RAND and professor of policy analysis at Pardee RAND Graduate School. He has worked in academia, government, and private industry for over 50 years, performing, evaluating, and managing research in advanced technology areas.

Silberglitt has lectured widely on emerging technologies and served as chair of the International Advisory Board of the APEC Center for Technology Foresight, Bangkok, Thailand. He is developer of an energy scenario analysis method that has been applied for the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Brazil. He led a road-mapping effort for the U.S. government's Nano-Enabled Technology Initiative, was a member of the Chemical Industry Vision 2020 team, and participated in the National Nanotechnology Initiative's Nanotechnology-Enabled Sensing Workshop.

Additionally, Silberglitt is co-developer of a method for research and development (R&D) portfolio analysis and management that has been applied for the U.S. Army, Navy, National Security Agency, National Institute of Justice, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published more than 100 journal and proceedings articles and reports, and holds two patents.

Prior to joining RAND, Silberglitt worked in the private sector, as well as at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Brookhaven National Laboratory; the U.S. National Science Foundation; and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Silberglitt received his B.S. in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. in solid state physics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Physical Society, Materials Research Society and American Ceramic Society.

Selected Publications

Eusebi, Christopher A., Richard Silberglitt, Identification and Analysis of Technology Emergence Using Patent Classification, RAND Corporation (RR-629), 2014

Eduardo do Couto e Silva, Richard Silberglitt et al, "A Portfolio Analysis Methodology to Inform Innovation Policy and Foresight," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 115, 2017

Silberglitt, Richard, James T. Bartis, Brian G. Chow, David L. An, and Kyle Brady, Critical Materials: Present Danger to U.S. Manufacturing, RAND Corporation (RR-133), 2013

Chow, Brian G., Richard Silberglitt, Scott Hiromoto, Caroline R. Milne, and Christina Panis, Toward Affordable Systems II: Portfolio Management for Army Science and Technology Programs Under Uncertainties, RAND Corporation (MG-979), 2011

Silberglitt, Richard, Philip S. Anton, David R. Howell, Anny Wong, S. R. Bohandy, Natalie Gassman, Brian A. Jackson, Eric Landree, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Elaine M. Newton, and Felicia Wu, The Global Technology Revolution 2020, Executive Summary: Bio/Nano/Materials/Information Trends, Drivers, Barriers, and Social Implications, RAND Corporation (MG-475), 2006

Silberglitt, Richard, Brian G. Chow, John S. Hollywood, Dulani Woods, Mikhail Zaydman, and Brian A. Jackson, Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034: Report of the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, RAND Corporation (RR-908), 2015

Richard Silberglitt and Shawn Kimmel, "Energy Scenarios for Southeast Asia," Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 101, 2015

Ecola, Liisa, Steven W. Popper, Richard Silberglitt, and Laura Fraade-Blanar, The Road to Zero: A Vision for Achieving Zero Roadway Deaths by 2050, RAND Corporation (RR-2333), 2018