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Science, technology, and innovation policy shapes the science and research enterprise, with the goal of directing its activities to serve public needs. RAND experts have explored how to incentivize high-value products in the health care sector, examined government options for promoting and accelerating innovation in housing, and determined how to design "prizes" that spur breakthroughs.

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    National Security Commission on AI Requests New Ideas; RAND Responds

    Feb 21, 2020

    The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence put out an open call for submissions about emerging technology's role in the global order. RAND researchers stepped up to the challenge and submitted a wide range of ideas.

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    The Right Technology Can Help Refugees Stay Connected

    Mar 11, 2020

    Nearly 71 million people globally are displaced by conflict and persecution. There have been some real advances in technology to help them, but innovations have often been fragmented, without a larger vision. A more strategic approach to technology could better serve their needs.

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    Ishita Ghai

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.B.A. in marketing, business analytics, University of California, Davis; Ed.M. in international education policy, Harvard University; B.Tech. in bioinformatics, Vellore Institute of Technology

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    Emily Ryen Gloinson

    Analyst
    Education M.Phil. in international relations and politics, University of Cambridge; B.A. (Hons) in politics and international studies, University of Warwick

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    Dahlia Anne Goldfeld

    Information Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in chemical physics, Columbia University; M.A. in chemistry, Harvard University; B.A. in chemistry, Columbia University

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    Salil Gunashekar

    Research Leader
    Education Ph.D. in wireless communications engineering, University of Leicester; M.Sc. in information and communications engineering, University of Leicester; M.Sc. in informatics, University of Delhi; B.Sc. (Honours) in physics, University of Delhi (St Stephen's College)

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    Susan Guthrie

    Research Group Director, Science and Emerging Technology, RAND Europe
    Education Ph.D. in physics, Cambridge University; M.Sci. in natural sciences, Cambridge University

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    Hamad Al Ibrahim

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.D., Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland; EMBA in innovation and entrepreneurship, HEC Paris

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    Gemma-Claire Ali

    Analyst
    Education M.Sc. in global mental health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine / King's College London; M.A. in geography, University of Cambridge

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    Graham Andrews

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A. in public policy, University of Washington; B.S. in computer science, University of Redlands

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    Philip S. Anton

    Senior Information Scientist
    Education Ph.D. and M.S. in information and computer science (artificial intelligence and computational neuroscience), University of California, Irvine; B.S. in engineering (computer engineering), University of California, Los Angeles

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    Yun Kang

    Associate Director, Acquisition and Technology Policy Center; Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, MIT

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    Kelly Klima

    Engineer; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in engineering & public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; M.S. in earth, atmosphere, & planetary science, MIT; M.S. in aeronautics & astronautics, MIT; B.S. in mechanical engineering, Caltech

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    Anna Knack

    Analyst
    Education M.A. in conflict studies and human rights, University of Utrecht; B.A. in politics and social policy, University of York

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    Debra Knopman

    Principal Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in geography and environmental engineering, Johns Hopkins University; M.S. in civil engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; B.A. in chemistry, Wellesley College

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    Sarah Harting

    Senior Defense Analyst; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in international security, Georgetown University; B.A. in international affairs and German, Lafayette College

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    Jakub P. Hlavka

    Adjunct Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in international affairs, Georgetown University; B.Sc. in international trade, University of Economics, Prague

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    Luke Huxtable

    Associate Director
    Education M.Sc. in mathematics with statistics, Lancaster University

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    Sonja Marjanovic

    Director, Healthcare Innovation, Industry and Policy, RAND Europe
    Education Ph.D., Judge Business School, University of Cambridge

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    Timothy Marler

    Senior Research Engineer; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in mechanical engineering, University of Rochester; M.S. in mechanical engineering, Penn State University; Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, University of Iowa

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    Bruce McClintock

    Lead, Space Enterprise Initiative; Policy Analyst
    Education M.S. in aeronautical engineering, University of Florida; M.S. in airpower art and science, School of Advanced Airpower Studies; B.S. in astronautical engineering, United States Air Force Academy

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    Jim Mignano

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in political science, Portland State University; B.S. in political science, Portland State University