Siddhartha Dalal Appointed First Chief Technology Officer at RAND

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October 18, 2010

Siddhartha Dalal, a scientist and a senior technology executive, has been appointed to the newly created position of chief technology officer of the RAND Corporation, RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson announced today.

“Technology will play an even bigger role in policy analysis in the future, and Sid Dalal has the experience and vision to help RAND lead such innovation,” Thomson said. “Sid will help draw upon our technology roots, and create and coordinate strategies for our future.”

Prior to joining RAND, Dalal was vice president of research at Xerox in charge of the company's worldwide imaging and software services research. He also has worked at Bell Laboratories and at Bellcore/SAIC/Telcordia Technologies, where he served as chief scientist and executive director.

Dalal joined RAND in 2007 as a senior advisor to the president. Under his leadership, RAND has developed several systems for conducting research and was the principal technical architect behind an early warning system developed by RAND for identifying toxic chemicals from tens of thousands of chemicals.

RAND has a long history of developing innovative research methods and technologies. Those include the development of initial operations research and computing methods, packet switching used by the Internet, Delphi and game theory methods.

Dalal has coauthored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications, including National Academy of Sciences and RAND monographs, and holds patents related to software and network engineering, risk analysis, statistical and econometrics modeling, data/document mining and machine learning. He earned an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

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