Jonathan Tran

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Technical Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in aerospace engineering, University of California Los Angeles; B.S. in physics, California Polytechnic State University Pomona


Jonathan Tran is a technical analyst at the RAND Corporation and primarily supports projects within PAF (Project Air Force). His research interests include assessing the performance of space systems, space resilience, small satellite applications, defensive counter space, machine learning and applications for artificial intelligence. Prior to joining RAND, Tran worked at the Air Force Research Lab advancing in-space plasma propulsion technologies and earned an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.S. in Physic from the California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Selected Publications

Jonathan Tran, Numerical Study of Current Driven Instabilities and Anomalous Electron Transport in Hall- effect Thrusters, UCLA Thesis, 2017

Tran, Jonathan; Ted Yoo; Shane Stahlheber; Alex Small, "Percolation thresholds on 3-dimensional lattices with 3 nearest neighbors,", 2013