N Peter Whitehead

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Senior Engineer
Washington Office


Ph.D. in systems engineering, University of Virginia; ME in electrical engineering, University of Virginia; ME in systems engineering, University of Virginia; B.S. in physics & math, Washington & Lee; B.A. in French, Washington & Lee


Peter Whitehead is a senior engineer at RAND. He came to RAND from MITRE where he worked with multiple sponsors and led a research program that leveraged data analytics and artificial intelligence in scheduling veterans’ health resources. Prior to MITRE, he served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the AAAS at NSF and at OSTP in the White House. Whitehead's Ph.D. dissertation (2014) developed a supervised learning AI approach to classify the quality of critical thinking in a systems approach. Other work experience includes: Program Manager at Lockheed Martin Corporation, Foreign Service Officer serving in 60 countries, Director of R&D at ViaSystems (Lucent spin-off), Consultant to Army G2, President of a systems analysis consulting firm, PM and engineer at Westinghouse Defense and at ITT Electro Optics Product Division. Research interests include the ethics and axiological aspects of AI and critical thinking in systems analysis. Whitehead is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, served as Vice Chair of the IEEE-USA Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Policy and was selected as Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Systems Council. He served as the Editor of International Abstracts in Operations Research (2011-2018), (IFORS), and is currently an Associate Editor of the IEEE Systems Journal. Whitehead earned an M.E. in electrical engineering, an M.E. in systems engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy in systems and information engineering from the University of Virginia. He is a member of Omega Rho, the Operations Research Academic Honor Society.