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Nidhi Kalra

Information scientist, RAND Corporation

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Nidhi Kalra is an information scientist at the RAND Corporation and the director of RAND's Center for Decision Making Under Uncertainty. Her research addresses energy, environment, and science and technology policy. She is currently leading projects to ensure long-term water security in Lima, Peru and to help the State of California make long-term investments in the Sacramento-San Juaquin Delta. She recently co-led a study providing policy guidance on autonomous vehicle technologies. In 2013, she served as a senior decision scientist in the Office of the Chief Economist of Sustainable Development at the World Bank. Her recent clients include the U.S. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Government of Qatar, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Department of Defense. Kalra has also developed educational technology tools to promote literacy among blind children in India. Kalra received her Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute.