Erik Van Hegewald

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in astronautical engineering/applied math, United States Air Force Academy


Erik Van Hegewald is a Ph.D. student in the Research, Analysis, and Design stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research interests include space policy, information theory, applications of artificial intelligence, and grand strategy and doctrine.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, he was a policy researcher at the Aerospace Corporation, where he focused on improving the use of airspace by the space-launch industry and commercial airline traffic. He has also helped to develop organic radiation shielding for satellites, design hypersonic launch vehicles, and expand research about disinformation. He has a B.S. in astronautical engineering and applied mathematics from the United States Air Force Academy.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Officer, United States Air Force