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Operations Research Department
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California 93943

Office: GL-255
(831) 656-2358

Daniel A. Eisenberg


Research Assistant Professor, Operations Research
Deputy Director, NPS Center for Infrastructure Defense
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2018

Daniel Eisenberg is a Research Assistant Professor of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and Deputy Director of the NPS Center for Infrastructure Defense (CID).

Dan’s research focuses on the design, operation, and adaptation of resilient infrastructure systems with emphasis on applying resilience engineering theory to improve system design and emergency operations. He uses tools from operations research, engineering, and public administration to link built and social systems together and identify fragilities in existing practices. He currently leads projects on the design and management of resilient island and military installation infrastructure systems. Dan leads research projects in the following areas:

  • Recovery and mitigation of lifeline infrastructure systems in the U.S. Virgin Islands that were impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria (project page)

  • Modeling compound threats to interdependent infrastructure systems on US military installations (project page)

Dan's work as an educator helps advance critical infrastructure knowledge worldwide through in-residence classes at NPS and the delivery of NATO short courses across Europe and the Middle East. You can learn more about the classes he teaches here and materials he develops for infrastructure education here.

Dan also leads research and education efforts beyond NPS in several professional organizations. He is chair of working group 3 (WG3) infrastructure analysis, protection, and recovery for the Military Operations Research Society (MORS), chair of the critical infrastructure protection and recovery (CIPR) working group for the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and editor for the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Infrastructure Systems (ASCE JIS).

Dan received his Ph.D. and M.S.E. in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering from Arizona State University (ASU) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Davis. Prior to joining NPS, he was a student contractor with the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Risk and Decision Science Team. He has significant international research experience and received several prestigious fellowships, including a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, a NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship in Solar Energy Utilization (IGERT-SUN), a NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) Fellowship – South Korea, an NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) – South Korea, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil.

Research Interests

  • Vulnerability analysis and protection of interdependent infrastructure systems, including electric power, water, transportation, and telecommunications systems.
  • Stochastic and simulation-optimization methods for infrastructure systems
  • Resilience engineering and emergency operations
  • Surprise attacks and surprise management

Teaching Interests

  • Design, operation, and protection of critical infrastructure systems
  • Risk, reliability, and worst-case failure assessment of engineered systems
  • Disaster management and decision-making during emergencies

Fellowships & Awards

  • NPS Teaching Fellow (2019)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow (2015-2018)
  • NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (South Korea) (2015)
  • NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (2013-2015)
  • NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (South Korea) (2014)
  • Fulbright Scholarship (Brazil) (2012)



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