Mr. Mender is a Senior Operations Research Analyst and Cost Team Lead at the Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA).  He has been with NCCA since 2012, where he has served as an analyst in the Ships Cost Estimating Division.  While at NCCA, he has lead numerous analytic studies, focusing on cost assessments of major shipbuilding acquisition programs, support to Navy strategic assessments and force structure analysis, R&D schedule forecasting and inflation forecasting.  Most recently, Mr. Mender lead a team of analysts conducting an assessment of the COLUMBIA Class Submarine Acquisition Program in support of the Milestone B Acquisition decision.  Prior to joining NCCA, Mr. Mender was an Operations Research developmental employee with the Naval Acquisition Development Program, completing assignments with NCCA, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and the Naval Air Systems Command.

Mr. Mender has a Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Economics from Ithaca College and a Master’s of Science in Systems Engineering with a concentration in Operations Research from George Washington University.