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David Louis Alderson

Operations Research

Phone: (831) 656-1814


Dr. Alderson received his doctorate from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. He has held research positions at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of California Los Angeles, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and the Santa Fe Institute. He has extensive industry experience and has worked for several venture-back startup companies. His early career was spent developing technology at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York City.
NPS Experience
  • 2019 - current: Professor
  • 2012 - 2019: Associate Professor
  • 2006 - 2012: Assistant Professor
Research Interests
Dr. Alderson's research focuses on the function and operation of critical infrastructures, with particular emphasis on how to invest limited resources to ensure efficient and resilient performance in the face of accidents, failures, natural disasters, or deliberate attacks. His research explores tradeoffs between efficiency, complexity, and fragility in a wide variety of public and private cyber-physical systems.
Teaching Interests
Computational methods for operations research, network modeling and analysis, optimization, critical infrastructure protection