Emma Westerman

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Director, Acquisition and Development Program, Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC); Mathematician
Washington Office


M.S. in mathematics and statistics, Georgetown University; B.S. in mathematics and statistics, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. in philosophy, Carnegie Mellon University


Emma Westerman is director of the Acquisition and Development Program (ADP) for the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). She is a mathematician who specializes in acquisition, logistics, technology, sustainment, cybersecurity, and lifecycle risk management.

Prior to joining RAND, Westerman worked as a lifecycle logistics manager for the Department of Defense. She was responsible for the development, acquisition, testing, operations and sustainment logistics for multiple Phased Array Radar programs. Westerman helped to develop the cross-platform implementation plans, contracts and other high level documentation for several Acquisition Category (ACAT) I and II programs. She has experience in Lean Six Sigma processes, Total Ownership Cost management, risk reduction methods and the federal budgeting cycle. Prior to managing Phased Array Radar logistics, Westerman held several rotational positions within the Department of Defense. These positions included performing reliability analysis for the Zumwalt Class Destroyer program, requirements refinement at OPNAV, assisting the executive director of the Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, and developing overarching metrics for the Navy’s Submarine Safety Program.

Westerman is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a joint B.S. in mathematics and statistics and a B.A. in philosophy. She also received a dual M.S. in mathematics and statistics from Georgetown University. At Carnegie Mellon she studied graph theory, logic and optimization. She received a National Science Foundation grant to study the minimum crossing numbers of complete graphs, and she volunteered with WorldTeach in Ecuador. At Georgetown she studied signal processing and data mining.

Recent Projects

  • A Framework for Assessing Reliability-Related Cost Growth in Sustainment
  • Aligning Pre- and Post-Development Sustainment Metrics
  • A Framework for Exploring Cybersecurity Policy Options
  • Assessing Technology Enhancements for Expeditionary Logistics Operations