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Research Analyst, Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy
Nikhil Kalathil specializes in research on the economics of innovation and technological change. Recent work has focused on mapping scientific research and technological development, investigating lags between the origination and adoption of new ideas, examining the emergence of disruptive technological competition, and modeling regional economic systems.
Kalathil has significant experience developing methodologies to apply machine-learning and text analytic tools to address social science and policy problems. He has developed techniques to apply machine learning tools to: map the evolution of solar technologies, determine technology readiness levels, and establish the connection between federal funding, patents, and licensing. His recent work on regional economic systems has focused on developing new logic models and metrics for assessing the impact of grant programs on innovation and long-term economic growth, and designing a skills-based analysis of the energy engineering workforce for the Advanced Manufacturing Office, Department of Energy.
Prior to joining SRI, Kalathil worked with a number of startups and foundations, applying theory to help these organizations innovate more intelligently. He also worked as an economics research assistant for Dr. Edward Lazear and Dr. Kathryn Shaw at Stanford University.
Kalathil graduated from Oberlin College with high honors and a triple major in economics, mathematics, and politics.