N. Peter Whitehead

Peter Whitehead

N. Peter Whitehead

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N. Peter Whitehead is a senior engineer at the RAND corporation. Prior to coming to RAND in March 2019, he was with MITRE where he was PI on a Veterans Healthcare systems analysis that designed an improved clinic scheduling paradigm. His work with MITRE also supported US Army, IRS and DHS sponsors. From 2012 to 2014, he served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering and at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House while completing his dissertation in systems analysis and semantic processing. During this time he worked on technology transfer policy including stakeholder analysis for outside researchers wanting to take advantage of national laboratory capacity. Prior to his Ph.D. work, he was a Program Manager at Lockheed Martin Corporation on the $24 Billion Transformational Satellite (TSAT) program. His other work experience includes: Foreign Service Officer primarily in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Europe; Director of R&D at ViaSystems Corporation - a spun-off division of Lucent Technologies; Counterintelligence consultant to the Department of the Army, Military Intelligence (G2); Owner and President of a systems analysis consulting firm whose clients included Capital One, US Department of State and the Commonwealth of Virginia; Program Manager, Test Director and Engineer at Westinghouse Defense and Industrial Engineer at ITT. Dr. Whitehead is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, serves as the Vice Chair of the IEEE-USA Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems Policy and was named Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Systems Council. He is a Member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and SPIE. In the Foreign Service, he received a Superior Honor Award and three Meritorious Honor Awards while serving in 60 countries. He served as the Editor of International Abstracts in Operations Research (2011-2018), (IFORS) and is currently Associate Editor of the IEEE Systems Journal. Peter earned a B.A. in French and a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Washington and Lee University, 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. Peter’s home improvement efforts are legendary, in the spirit of Tim Allen’s credo that just because something isn’t broke doesn’t mean we can’t fix it. Peter lives at ground level among the skyscrapers of Rosslyn, Virginia with his partner Susan who is earning her Doctorate in Nursing Practice and their two cats. His hobbies include cycling and dodging electric scooters on the sidewalk.

Position(s) & Affiliation(s)

Distinguished Lecturer
RAND Corporation