Michael Evan Webber

Michael Webber

B.S., B.A., 1995

Michael Evan Webber earned bachelor’s degrees with honors in both aerospace engineering and liberal arts from The University of Texas at Austin in 1995. He was a campus-wide student leader, the Drum Major for the university’s Longhorn Band, and a 1994 finalist for the university’s Outstanding Male Student Award.

As an associate engineer for RAND Corp., Webber analyzes problems and policy issues related to the erosion of the U.S. manufacturing base, investments by the U.S. Department of Defense in small business research, and tactics and technologies for joint U.S. Air Force/Army operations.

Webber’s current position builds on more than a decade of participation in university and industry research projects. As an undergraduate, he spent two summers at NASA Ames Research Center assisting researchers with laser diagnostic assessments of a supersonic combustion ramjet engine. While at Stanford University earning a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering, he developed diode laser-based gas sensors for applications such as monitoring environmental emissions and optimizing space station bioreactors.

Prior to joining RAND Corp. in 2004, he was a Senior Scientist at Pranalytica, Inc. His responsibilities included designing laser-based gas sensing instruments for medical, homeland security and other applications, developing product lines, and preparing research proposals. He invented or co-invented several technologies at the corporation, including one for detecting chemical warfare agents.

An active member of numerous technical societies, Webber is a reviewer for four scientific journals, a frequent presenter at conferences in the U.S. and Europe, and a program committee member and presider for an international meeting of the Optical Society of America.

He is a board member for the Hope Street Group, a non-profit bi-partisan organization for young professionals interested in promoting policies that expand opportunity and economic growth. He also volunteers to mentor business students at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., and is a head coach for an AYSO under-6 girls’ soccer team involving his daughter, Evelyn.

He met his wife Julia Christine Cook Webber, while she was completing a bachelor’s in architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. They also have a 2-year-old son, David, and presently live in Culver City, CA.

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