Shane Tierney

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Technical Analyst
Pittsburgh Office


M.S. in aero/astro engineering, Penn State University; B.S. in aero/astro engineering, Penn State University


Shane Tierney is a technical analyst at the RAND Corporation. He has worked with the RAND Arroyo Center, RAND National Defense Research Institute, RAND Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center and RAND Project Air Force on a range of governmental and defense-related projects in such areas as force modernization, force structure analysis, industrial base analysis and cyberwarfare/data management.

Tierney received his BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University. His research while there was focused on autonomous rotorcraft control systems.

Recent Projects

  • Adversary UAS Capabilities
  • Land-Based Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses
  • Operational Support Aircraft Fleet Validation Support
  • Analysis of R&D Investments to Enhance Maritime Domain Awareness
  • Naval Operational Supply System (NOSS) Analysis of Alternatives

Selected Publications

Gary McLeod, Isaac R. Porche III, Brendan Toland, Shane Tierney, Roger Lough, Myron Hura, Elliot Axelband, Amado Cordova, Mel Eisman, Thomas Goughnour, Katheryn Giglio, Analytic support to the next-generation Royal Australian Air Force Joint Air Battle Management System, RAND, 2017

Muharrem Mane, Shane Tierney, Sean Critelli, Anthony D. Rosello, Validating the FY 2016 OSA Fleet, RAND (RR-1368/1-OSD), 2017

Thomas Light, Obaid Younossi, John A. Ausink, Clifford A. Grammich, Thomas Hamilton, Mark A. Lorell, H. G. Massey, Shane Tierney, Fred Timson, John Wallace, Comparison of cost drivers for manned and remotely piloted intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft systems, RAND (RR-1618-AF), 2017

Shane Tierney, Anthony D. Rosello, Christopher G. Pernin, Worldwide C-17 availability to support 82nd Airborne operations from Fort Bragg/Pope Field, RAND (RR-897-A), 2016

Bradley Wilson, Isaac Porche, Mel Eisman, Michael J. Nixon, Shane Tierney, John Yurchak, Kim Kendall, James A. Dryden, Sean Critelli, Maritime Tactical Command and Control Analysis of Alternatives, RAND (RR-1383-NAVY), 2016

J. L. Birkler, John F. Schank, Mark V. arena, Edward G. Keating, Joel B. Predd, James Black, Irina Deanescu, Dan Jenkins, James G. Kallimani, Gordon T. Lee, Roger Lough, David Nicholls, Giacomo Persi Paoli, Deboarah J. Peetz, Brian Perkinson, Jerry M. Sol, Australia's naval shipbuilding enterprise: preparing for the 21st century, RAND (RR-1093-AUS), 2015

Isaac Porche, Bradley Wilson, Shane Tierney, Evan Saltzman, Erin-Elizabeth Johnson, Data flood: helping the Navy address the rising tide of sensor information, RAND (RR-315-NAVY), 2014

Savitz, Scott; Putney, Angela; Toland, Brendan; Weilant, Sarah; Vermeer, Michael J.D.; Muehlenbeck, Todd; and Hvizda, Mark; with support from Steven Berner, Aaron Davenport, Jacob DeWeese, Michael Wetzl, Michael Nixon, Isaac Porche, Shane Tierney, Anna Je, Analysis of Alternative R&D Investments to Enhance Maritime Domain Awareness for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), RAND Corporation, 2018 (forthcoming)

Honors & Awards

  • Impact Award, RAND NSRD
  • Impact Award, RAND PAF