Lynne Wainfan, Ph.D.

3333 E. Spring St. #127, Long Beach CA 90806 · 562-425-3338 ·


I grow innovation by strategic collaboration with people with diverse perspectives. In my 25 years in aerospace, I developed a track record for creating technology and businesses, holding patents and leading groups to launch new telecommunication technologies and services. In my seven years at the RAND Corporation, I authored the book "Challenges in Virtual Collaboration" with Dr. Paul Davis. My recent doctoral dissertation presented principles, methods, and tools to help groups agree on strategic action despite different values, beliefs, and expectations. Elements of my approach have been applied to a variety of fields: education, water planning, defense acquisition, and state department strategy. Some problems I’ve solved:




 Compass Alliance Strategic Consulting (March 2010 - present): Principal

Create & assess strategies for growth, by considering business, regulatory, technical, political, and personnel factors. Clients to date include the Monitor Group and Matthew Ryan & Associates.

 RAND Corporation (2003-March 2010): Doctoral Fellow



Microflap, Inc. (1999-2008): President & CEO

Created company to bring fuel-saving aircraft wing modification to market. Secured IP, negotiated partnerships with vendors and a major air carrier


Westerly School of Long Beach Board of Trustees (2006-2008): Trustee/President


Boeing Space Services Co (2001-2003, educational leave 2003-2008)

Director, Business Development and Chief Strategist (2001-2003)


·         Responsible for all BD activities, including investment, IR&D, M&A, proposals, marketing, sales

·         Created “service line” strategy


Boeing Satellite Systems Co. (1999-2003) which acquired Hughes Space Communications (1979-1999)

·    Director, New Market Development (1999-2003).Created an organization that defined future telecom applications and services; developed business cases; applied for 46 patents; determined strategic alliances, vendors, and acquisitions. Developed & implemented regulatory strategy and rapid network prototype capability for Digital Cinema, which was subsequently spun off

·    Deputy Operations Leader, Systems Architecture (1999). P&L responsibility for 100+ system engineers

·    Program Manager, New Initiatives (1996-1999), Mergers & Acquisitions Whip

·    Program Manager, Spaceway Implementation (now HughesNet) (1996)

·    Architecture Enterprise Team (1995). Member of team picked to re-engineer our $1.5B company. Made recommendations which reduced cost and cycle time and created new manufacturing culture

·    Acting Operations Leader, Bus System Engineering (1992-1995): Identified organizational issue and co-led intervention to integrate siloed business units into work cell teams; Created mentorship program


  PhD Policy Analysis :  Pardee-RAND Graduate School :  March 2010 

MA Policy Analysis: Pardee-RAND Graduate School:  2005

MS Mechanical Engineering:  UCLA,  1981

BS Aerospace Engineering: University of Michigan , 1979

Coursework for MA Psychology :CSU Long Beach, 2002-2003

Security Clearances

SSBI (12/19/95)                                      DoD Secret (current)  


Wainfan, L. Multi-perspective Strategic Decision Making Theory: Principles, Methods and Tools Doctoral Dissertation, Pardee RAND Graduate School, Santa Monica, CA, March, 2010.

Wainfan, L. and Davis, P.K., Challenges in Virtual Collaboration: Videoconferencing, Audioconferencing and Computer-Mediated Communications, RAND, Santa Monica, CA, 2004.

Groves, D., Knopman, D., Lempert, R., Berry, S., and Wainfan, L., Presenting Uncertainty About Climate change to Water-Resource Managers, National Book Network, 2008.

Wainfan, L. and Davis, P.K., "Errors due to Virtual Collaboration," Proceedings of the SPIE Conference on Enabling Technologies for Simulation Science, Vol. 5423, April, 2004.

Wainfan, L. “Chapter 4 of my novel Risk,” Verdad Literary Magazine, 2007:3.

 Wainfan, L. and Lempert, R., “Scenarios, Probabilities, and Robust Decision Making: Which Works Best for Water Planners?” Poster won second prize in the AAAS student poster contest.

Wainfan, L. and Davis, P.K., “Virtual Collaboration: Face-to-Face Communication versus Videoconference, Audioconference, or Computer-Mediated Communication,” DARPA PM-1624-DARPA, January, 2004.

Groves, D., Knopman, D., Lempert, R., Berry, S., and Wainfan, L., “Identifying and Reducing Climate-Change Vulnerabilities in Water-Management Plans” RAND Research Brief, 2008.

Various articles: Sport Aviation Magazine, Sport Pilot Magazine, Kitplanes Magazine, Model Builder Magazine, Women in Aviation Magazine.

Two FCC spectrum filings, numerous proposals & annual reports.


US Patents #6,339,707 and #6,032,041(Wainfan et al.)  "Method and system for providing wideband communications to mobile users in a satellite-based network.”

US Patent #7,026958 (Wainfan et al.)  "The Method and system of utilizing satellites to transmit traffic congestion information to vehicles."


Drury Award for Creative Fiction, 2007 

RAND Graduate School Ph.D. Fellowship, 2003

Hughes Aircraft Joe Sanders Leadership Award, 1994 

Hughes Aircraft  Masters' Fellowship, 1979