Science, Technology & Innovation Policy Research

Science, technology and innovation policy is a small but diverse area of ongoing work for students at Pardee RAND. Work in this area deals with major emerging technology issues ranging from autonomous vehicles to the role of cryptocurrencies. Pardee RAND students frequently make substantive contributions to this field of research at RAND, either through probject-based research training or via dissertation research.

Student-Faculty Research Collaborations

Through project-based research, students work with faculty mentors to obtain professional skills and tacit knowledge that courses alone cannot convey. Here are a few recent projects and their resulting research.

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Team Designs Prototype Tool to Help Law Enforcement Use Mobile App Data

Student Bonnie Triezenberg (cohort '14) worked with alumni Anne Boustead ('11) and Steven Isley ('10) and professor Ed Balkovich to document a prototype tool called MIKE (the Mobile Information and Knowledge Ecosystem) that can help law enforcement stakeholders better understand the mobile app ecosystem and the relationships among the data, its sources, and applicable legal constraints.

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Capabilities and Future Needs for Expanding Flight Research at NASA

Jakub Hlavka (cohort '14) worked with professors Frank Camm, Thomas Light, Abbie Tingstad, and Jia Xu to assess available flight research capabilities and future needs at NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

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Are Terrorists Using Cryptocurrencies?

Student David Manheim (cohort '12) and professor Joshua Baron coauthored a report in Foreign Affairs arguing that new digital currencies could become an attractive alternative to the international financial system — that cryptocurrencies could be used for money laundering or to pay the personnel and vendors that keep the terrorist machine running.

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Faculty Mentors

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