Richard Silberglitt

Senior Physical Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


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, senior physical scientist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, has worked in academia, government, and private industry for over 40 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.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Recent Projects

  • Emerging technologies analysis
  • Critical materials
  • Global technology foresight
  • R&D portfolio assessment and investment strategy
  • Scenario Development and Analysis

Selected Publications

Richard Silberglitt and Shawn Kimmel, "Energy Scenarios for Southeast Asia," Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 101:251-262, 2015

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

Richard Silberglitt "Technology Foresight, Social Equity, and International Stability," in Zachary Davis, Michael Nacht, Ronald Lehman, Strategic Latency and World Power: How Technology is Changing Our Concepts of Security, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2014

Richard Silberglitt et al., Critical Materials: Present Danger to U.S. Manufacturing, RAND Corporation (RR-133), 2013

Brian G. Chow et al., Toward Affordable Systems II: Portfolio Management for Army Science and Technology Programs Under Uncertainties, RAND Corporation (MG-979), 2011

Eric Landree et al., A Delicate Balance: Portfolio Analysis and Management for Intelligence Information Dissemination Programs, RAND Corporation (MG-939), 2009

Richard Silberglitt and Anny Wong, The Global Technology Revolution China: Emerging Technology Opportunities for the Tianjin Binhai New Area (TBNA) and the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), RAND Corporation (MG-776), 2009

Richard Silberglitt et al., The Global Technology Revolution 2020: Bio/Nano/Materials Information Technology Trends, Drivers, Barriers, and Social Implications, RAND Corporation (MG-475), 2006