About me

I am an assistant policy researcher at RAND, a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a visiting graduate student at Argonne National Laboratory. I hold a B.S. and an M.S. in production engineering from UNISINOS University in Brazil and an M.Phil in Policy Analysis from Pardee RAND.

Prior to joining RAND, I was a lecturer at UNISINOS, Brazil, where I taught simulation modeling and other quantitative courses. In this page, you will find links to recent publications, links to presentation recordings, links to tools and software I helped to build and (occasional) blog posts. You will find up-to-date information on my RAND work at my RAND profile page.

You can reach out to me at plima@rand.org or at pedrolima.n@gmail.com.


  • Simulation Modeling / Optimization
  • Decision Under Uncertainty
  • R Programming


  • Ph.D. in Policy Analysis, 202x

    Pardee RAND Graduate School

  • M.Phil. in Policy Analysis, 2020

    Pardee RAND Graduate School

  • Msc in Production Engineering, 2017

    UNISINOS University, Brazil

  • Bsc in Production Engineering, 2015

    UNISINOS University, Brazil


My latest research leverages modeling and Decision Under Deep Uncertainty (DMDU) methods to help inform health policy.

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

Here you will find links to past or upcoming presentations.

Seeking Robust COVID-19 Response and Adaptation Strategies
COVID-19 and Deep Uncertainty

Software & Tools

As an engineer by training, I like to build stuff. Here you will find links to tools and software I helped develop.


Reopening California Code Repository

Code Repository for our paper stress-testing California’s Reopening strategy.

COVID-19 Decision Support Tool

A Decision Support Tool to help US states respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Care Evidence Map

An Evidence Map of Artificial Intelligence applications in Clinical Care.


Gerbil is an R package for multiple imputation to handle missing data.

The “Diet Tool”

Helps people understand effects of diet improvement on long-term health and economic outcomes.


An R package for Arena Users. Creates plots and summary statistics from Arena output files.

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