David Johnson

David Johnson

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2004 CASM Mathematics
  • Selwyn College

Following completion of the Part III Maths programme at Cambridge, I worked as a business analyst at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. In 2008, I enrolled at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, working towards a PhD in policy analysis. Upon completion of the PhD in 2013, I remained working as a mathematician at RAND to develop new methods for long-term decision-making under deep uncertainty. Applications are typically related to climate change adaptation, ranging from flood risk management and water economics to renewable energy policy and life cycle assessment. My work is highly interdisciplinary, incorporating economics, statistics, engineering, operations research, and decision analysis. Most notably, I have developed the model of flood risk and economic damage used by the state of Louisiana to evaluate the benefits of hundreds of protection projects for their 50-year, $50 billion Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.

Currently, I am an assistant professor of industrial engineering and political science at Purdue University, where I was part of the university's Building Sustainable Communities cluster hire. I also retain an adjunct mathematician posting at RAND Corporation as part of my continuing flood risk management work in Louisiana.

Previous Education

North Carolina State University B.S. Mathematics 2003