John F. Raffensperger

Visiting Faculty
Area(s) of Expertise
Operations Management

Born and raised in Chicago, Raffensperger obtained a B.S. in industrial engineering from Northwestern University, later attending the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business for an M.B.A. and Ph.D., studying U.S. Army training readiness. He was a RAND Summer Associate in 1990. From 1998 to 2012, he was a senior lecturer in management science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he focused on auction theory, environmental economics, and markets for water resources. From 2013-2021, he was a Senior Operations Researcher at RAND, where he worked on problems of national security and emergency preparedness, including disaster recovery and military readiness and logistics. His research interests include logistics, process improvement, risk analysis, scheduling, water allocation, and climate change.

Operations Strategy
Supply Chain Analytics
Operations Management
Service Management
Research Interests
Smart markets, mechanism design, markets related to common resources, water markets, and carbon emissions markets.
Teaching Interests

Operations research, business analytics, and operations management.

Planning Hospital Needs for Ventilators and Respiratory Therapists in the COVID-19 Crisis
RAND Corporation
New metrics and visualizations to help the Army reduce customer wait time
RAND Corporation
CS3-147 Carol Simon Hall