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Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California 93943

Office: GL-258
(831) 656-1814
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David L. Alderson



Stanford University, June 2003
Ph.D., Department of Management Science and Engineering

  • Dissertation Title: Congestion-Induced Collapse in Networks: Managing Failure Cascades in Complex Systems and Infrastructure Protection

  • Advisors: Nicholas Bambos and William J. Perry
  • Stanford University, June 1998
    M.S., Department of Engineering Economic Systems and Operations Research

    Princeton University, June 1993
    B.S.E., Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research


    2015 Society for Risk Analysis Award for Best Paper in Risk Analysis for 'Operational Models of Infrastructure Resilience'

    2014 Military Operations Research Society Richard H. Barchi Prize

    2011 Military Operations Research Society Richard H. Barchi Prize
    “awarded to recognize the best paper given at the MORS Symposium (MORSS)”

    2009 AIAA Homeland Security Program Committee
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2009 Homeland Security Award

    2007 Naval Postgraduate School
    Finalist, Excellence in Teaching (top 5% of faculty)

    2005 INFORMS Young Researcher Roundtable
    INFORMS Conference on OR/MS Practice, Palm Desert, CA, April 17-19, 2005


    California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, June 2003 - August 2006.

    Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford, CA
    Senior Research Associate, Preventive Defense Project, June 2003 - August 2006.

    Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
    Research Fellow, Program in Large Scale Communication Networks , Spring 2002

    Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM
    Philip Steinmetz Fellow, Spring 2000

    Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Palo Alto, CA
    Summer Intern, Summer 1997

    Internet Connect, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
    Co-founder of local Internet Service Provider (ISP), May 1996 - July 1999

    Goldman, Sachs & Co., New York, NY
    Programmer Analyst, Equity Derivative Systems, June 1993 - May 1996


  • Member: INFORMS, IEEE, ACM
  • Reviewer: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, Networks, Physical Review, Physica, Naval Research Logistics, Risk Analysis, AIMS Journal on Networks and Heterogeneous Media, Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, Public Library of Science.

    2011-2014   Co-Principal Investigator, Defending Interdependent Infrastructure Systems, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (6.1 research)

    2010-2011.  Co-Principal Investigator, Vulnerability Analysis of Electric Power Infrastructure Supporting Vandenberg AFB, Office of the Secretary of Defense (6.2 research)

    2010-2011.   Co-Principal Investigator, Reinforced Infantry Battalion Mobile Ad-hoc Network (MANET) Study Technical Support, Operations Analysis Division (OAD), Marine Corps Combat Development Command (MCCDC), (6.2 research)

    2010.       Co-Principal Investigator, Performance Analysis of Ground Soldier Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Analysis Center, Monterey (TRAC-MRY), (6.2 research)

    2008-2013     Co-Principal Investigator, Next-Generation Network Science, Office of Naval Research, Multiple University Research Initiative (MURI) Award (6.1 research)

    2007-2012    Co-Principal Investigator, Military Applications of Optimization, Office of Naval Research (6.2 research)

    2006-2008    Principal Investigator, Optimization-Based Reverse Engineering of Router-Level Internet Infrastructure, NPS Research Initiation Program (6.1 research)


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