Robin L. Dillon-Merrill

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Senior Policy Scholar 

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University

Research Interests

  • Risk and Resiliency 


Robin L. Dillon-Merrill is a professor in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. She seeks to understand and explain how and why people make the decisions that they do under conditions of uncertainty and risk. This research specifically examines critical decisions that people have made following near-miss events in situations with severe outcomes, including hurricane evacuation, terrorism, cybersecurity, and NASA mission management. She has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Homeland Security through USC’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis for Terrorism Events. She has served as a risk analysis and project management expert on several National Academies Committees including the review of the New Orleans regional hurricane protection projects and the application of risk analysis techniques to securing the Department of Energy’s special nuclear materials. She has a B.S./M.S. from the University of Virginia in systems engineering and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She can be reached via e-mail at

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