Scott Nestler

Scott Nestler


Assoc. Professional Specialist, University of Notre Dame, MC
Adjunct Research Staff Member Institute for Defense Analyses


B.S. Civil Engineering, Lehigh University

Born and raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Dr. Scott T. Nestler graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1989, and was commissioned as a United States Army officer.  He spent eight years assigned to PATRIOT missile units, including deployment to Southwest Asia (SWA) for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and two years in the Republic of Korea.  In 1997 he became an Operations Research / Systems Analyst, and earned a MS in Applied Mathematics (Operations Research) in 1999 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  He taught in the Mathematical Sciences department at West Point and worked as a Force Structure Analyst, at Headquarters, Department of the Army.  After completing a PhD in Management Science and Finance in 2007, in the Decision, Operations, and Information Technologies department, R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, he put his studies into action back at West Point as a Research Analyst in the Operations Research Center (ORCEN), Department of Systems Engineering; and as the Director of the Center for Data Analysis and Statistics (CDAS).  In 2009, he deployed overseas as Chief of Strategic Assessments for Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I).  From 2010-2012, Dr. Nestler was an Assistant Professor in the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School.  In 2013, he graduated from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, with a Master of Strategic Studies degree.  Most recently, he has served as at the Center for Army Analysis. 

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The University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business and the Institute for Defense Analyses