Colby Peyton Steiner

Photo of Colby Steiner
Associate Physical Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in physical chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.S. in chemistry, University of California, Berkeley


Colby Steiner is a physical scientist at RAND with a background in laser, quantum, and solid-state physics. At RAND, his work has focused on issues regarding command and control, communications, electronic warfare, directed energy, space systems and acquisition, cybersecurity, and logistics for the Air Force.

Steiner received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He previously worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Air Force Research Lab.

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Award, August 2018, RAND