Mary Lee Receives Inaugural CGRS Fellowship

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Mary Lee

RAND Center for Global Risk and Security (CGRS) has awarded Mary Lee the recipient the inaugural CGRS fellowship. Lee is a mathematician at the RAND Corporation. Her work at RAND has included projects analyzing the​​ robustness of new architectures in U.S. defense capabilities, creating simulation and analysis tools to help inform cyber security policies, and understanding the energy balance in obesity and the development of diabetes.

Lee's research for CGRS will focus on the Internet of Bodies (IoB)​​, a progression of​​ the Internet of Things—technology networks of everyday smart appliances, cars, and gadgets—including smart devices that are implanted, ingested, or otherwise affixed to the human body. Her work will assess effects on IoB users’ safety and privacy. The research aims to provide recommendations for the evolution of security and privacy policies in concert with their development before the technology becomes ubiquitous.

“We look forward to Mary’s leading an interdisciplinary team on a topic at the nexus of security, privacy, and health,” said Andrew Parasiliti, CGRS director. “We expect the study to be of interest to a wide range of RAND stakeholders and sponsors.”

The first CGRS fellowship is made possible through a gift from CGRS advisory board member Jacques Dubois.

Lee received her Ph.D. and M.S. in mathematics from UC Irvine and B.A. in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley. Her dissertation research focused on mathematical modeling of cancer growth and metabolism. Prior to attending graduate school at UC Irvine, Lee worked for many years as Senior Systems Engineer at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, where much of her work centered on developing tracking algorithms for airborne radar systems. ​​​​