Natalie M Scala Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Natalie M Scala

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Towson University

I am an Industrial Engineer who focuses on decision analysis and analytics, especially in security-based applications.


Natalie M. Scala is an associate professor and director of the graduate programs in supply chain management in the College of Business and Economics at Towson University.  She earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her primary research is in decision analysis, with foci on military applications and cybersecurity.  Specific projects include army unit readiness, risk in voting systems, cybersecurity metrics and best practices, naval seabasing, nuclear power plants, and workforce planning.  She teaches courses on business analytics and created curriculum on the intersections of decision analysis and cybersecurity for the Cyber4All program.  Dr. Scala frequently consults to government clients and has extensive professional experience, to include positions with Innovative Decisions, Inc., the United States Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, and the FirstEnergy Corporation.  Her first book, a co-edited volume titled Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research, was released by CRC Press in early 2020.  She is an associate editor for Engineering Management Journal and Military Operations Research and served as the President of the Military and Security Society of INFORMS from 2019-2020.  

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    elections security, cybersecurity, decision analysis and group decision making, energy and utilities, spare parts, scheduling in project management



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 Featured Title - Handbook of Military and Defense Operations Research - 1st Edition book cover


INFORMS Government and Analytics Summit

Published: Apr 30, 2018

INFORMS panel on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC regarding the application of analytics in government problems. I was a panelist for National Security.

What's Your StORy?

Published: Nov 30, 2019

Quick interview by the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). December 2019 edition.