Fabian Villalobos

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Associate Engineer
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in materials science, UC Riverside; B.S. in chemical engineering, UC Riverside; AA in liberal arts, San Bernadino Valley College


Fabian E. Villalobos (he/him/his) is an associate engineer at the RAND Corporation with an interest in the intersection of technology, economics, and geopolitics. He primarily focuses on issues in the national security and homeland security sectors. His work at RAND has included topics on emerging technologies, logistics, acquisitions, the defense industrial base, and China. Villalobos also has interest in vehicle electrification policy and their impacts on climate change. Recent work has included research on Hypersonic Missiles, Fighter Turbine Engines, Electric Vehicles, Submersibles, and Autonomous Systems. 

Villalobos has a background in Materials Science and Chemical Engineering with emphasis on aerospace materials, critical materials, energy storage, and renewable energy technologies. He is a co-inventor and co-author of patents. Previously, he worked in industry at startups and established manufacturers alike supporting R&D, product development, quality assurance, business development, and more.


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