Devin Tierney

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Research Programmer
Pittsburgh Office


B.S. in geobiology, Penn State University


Devin Tierney is a research programmer at RAND. His recent work includes a a study using Robust Decision Making to evaluate the impact that climate change may have on Pittsburgh's regional stormwater infrastructure, a multi-year study examining the U.S. Air Force's ability to operate in a denied environment, a project aiming to capture the current state of the U.S. shipbuilding industry, and an analysis of how cyber-effects can play into urban warfare.

Prior to joining RAND, Tierney worked at the Applied Research Lab in State College, generating groundwater maps of various places around the globe. Tierney received his B.S. in Geobiology from Pennsylvania State University in 2012. While there he took part in research projects involving invasive species, and wrote his thesis on paleoclimate patterns derived from tree rings.

Previous Positions

Research Assistant

Recent Projects

  • Expert Analysis of FEMA Cost Estimate Development process and validation for (Hurricane Maria) Puerto Rico Remediation/Reconstruction
  • Pilot-Scale Testing of Enabling and Measuring Urban Responses to Climate Change

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Award, HSOAC