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Doug Mac Kinnon

Contributing Faculty

College of Health Sciences and Public Policy

Degree Program Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration

To let you know a little about me, I am a husband and a dad of three girls and have served 20 years in the Navy and earned many degrees in that time. In short, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Operations Analysis (OA) from the U.S. Naval Academy. Years later I earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research (OR) and a few years after that, I earned another Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management (ITM) both from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA. The second master’s degree was earned while I taught both resident and distance classes at NPS. It was then that I learned how to balance family, job, and learning. As I began to consider retirement from the Navy, I decided to continue in my education so I began two different doctoral programs at NPS until gaining entrance into Stanford University where I earned an Engineer’s Degree followed by a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Civil Engineering. My dissertations examined quantifying the rates at which people learn (and forget) a specific skill within a project setting.

As I look back on all this fancy education which has taken place over most of my life, let me confess to you that I failed my first calculus class and that I was in serious grade trouble during my college years. I know what it is to struggle with having too much to do on a daily basis. From this low start, all the way to achieving my first A+ at Stanford, I have learned how to study and how to learn complex course material. I have also taught over 1000 students and - I hope - I will be able to help you with difficulties you may have - and lead you to your success!

Courses Taught

RSCH 8200 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis


PhD, Stanford University

Engineer's Degree, Stanford University

MS, Naval Postgraduate School

BS, US Naval Academy

Public Service

Monterey County Science Fair, Judge

Awards / Honors

Wayne E. Meyer Award for Teaching Excellence in Sy, Naval Postgraduate School, 2014

Recognized for Outstanding Instruction in Operation, 2004


Mac Kinnon, D. J. (2015). Big Data and Deep Learning for Understanding DoD Data. Journal of Defense Software Engineering.

Mac Kinnon, D. J. (2009). Human Interoperability: Initial Theory and Research. Human Behavior-Computational Intelligence Modeling Conference.


Zhao, Y. (2014). Leveraging Lexical Link Analysis (LLA): Discovering New Knowledge Using Open Source Social Media Data.