Dr. Henry Willis

Title/Position: 
Research Area Leader for Risk Management/Operations Research

Dr. Henry H. Willis is a Policy Researcher at RAND Corporation and CREATE's Research Area Leader for Risk Management/Operations Research.

Henry H. Willis is a Policy Researcher at RAND Corporation and a principal investigator with the USC-DHS Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events (CREATE). His research has applied risk analysis tools to resource allocation and risk management decisions in the areas of public health and emergency preparedness, homeland and national security policy, energy and environmental policy, and transportation planning. He is the author of dozens of publications, book chapters and op-ed pieces and has testified before Congress as an expert on applying risk analysis to homeland security policy. Dr. Willis' recent research has involved: reviewing the risk assessment frameworks related to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP); developing risk-based approaches to allocating homeland security preparedness resources; assessing the costs and benefits of terrorism security measures, and evaluating the impact of public health emergency preparedness grant programs. Dr. Willis earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and holds degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) and in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati (M.A.).