Padmaja Vedula

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Senior Technical Analyst
Santa Monica Office

Education

M.I.P.P. in American Foreign Policy, Johns Hopkins University; B.S. in computer science, Andhra University; M.S. in computer applications, National Institute of Technology, India

Overview

Padmaja Vedula is a senior technical analyst at the RAND Corporation, specializing in systems architecture, cybersecurity, cyber policy and deterrence, emerging technologies, and digital transformation. She has a multidisciplinary background and her other areas of interest include technology and social well-being, forced migration and refugee assimilation, human rights, and environmental governance.

Prior to joining RAND, Vedula spent 20 years in the software industry designing and implementing solutions for the Sun Microsystems and various commercial domains including online trading, media and market research, and supply chain management. She has also worked as a solutions architect for the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS) and as a lead technology consultant for the Louisiana State's Road Home program and Louisiana Land Trust grants management projects.

Vedula received her master’s in International Public Policy (MIPP) from the Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). At SAIS, her focus was on cybersecurity, foreign policy, and human rights. She also holds a master’s in computer applications from the National Institute of Technology, India and a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Andhra University, India.

Selected Publications

Tarraf, Danielle C.; Shelton, William L.; Parker, Edward; Alkire, Brien; Carew, Diana.; Grana, Justin; Levedahl, Alexis; Leveille, Jasmin; Mondschein, Jared; Ryseff, James; Wyne, Ali; Elinoff, Dan; Geist, Edward.; Harris, Benjamin N.; Hui, Eric; Kenney, C, The Department of Defense Posture for Artificial Intelligence Assessment and Recommendations, RAND Corporation (RR-4229-OSD), 2019

Tarraf, Danielle C.; Shelton, William L.; Parker, Edward; Alkire, Brien; Carew, Diana.; Grana, Justin; Levedahl, Alexis; Leveille, Jasmin; Mondschein, Jared; Ryseff, James; Wyne, Ali; Elinoff, Dan; Geist, Edward.; Harris, Benjamin N.; Hui, Eric; Kenney, C, The Department of Defense's Posture for Artificial Intelligence: Assessment and Recommendations for Improvement, RAND Corporation (RB-10145), 2021

Honors & Awards

  • Embodying the Vision Award, NCI caBIG™ 2007 Recognition Award, National Institutes of Health
  • Premiere Choice Award 2013, Arbitron Inc.

Languages

Hindi; French; Telugu; Urdu

Publications