Doctor Rafael E. Matos was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and attended the University of Puerto Rico where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences. Upon graduation he joined the United States Navy and served as a Surface Warfare Officer aboard to the USS GARCIA (FF 1040); the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66) during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; was forward deployed on the USS CURTS (FFG 38) in Yokosuka, Japan; and served as Combat Systems and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) officer for Destroyer Squadron 14 in Mayport, Florida.
Dr. Matos holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and a doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Walden University. After his afloat tours, he was assigned as Operations Research Analyst in the Requirements and Assessments Branch of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Assessment Division (N81) at the Pentagon. After this tour he was assigned as Manpower Analyst in the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, Manpower Analysis Division (N120), also at the Pentagon. His last tour of duty was as Master Instructor of Mathematics at the United States Naval Academy where he was nominated for the Clements Award for excellence in teaching. Dr. Matos retired after 20 years of honorable service in the US Navy. He currently works as a consultant in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area. His areas of expertise are in organizational psychology, statistical analysis, optimization, modeling and simulation, decision analysis, organizational change management and organizational decision support facilitation.
Dr. Matos is a past President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Military Operations Research Society (MORS). He has been bestowed the honor of Fellow of the Society. He has co-chaired the MORS Human Behavior and Performance Working Group and contributed to the Decision Analysis and Computational Social Sciences Working Groups. He has presented numerous highly attended tutorials and project reports at the annual MORS Symposia in a variety of topics. He is also a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Society for Hispanic Professionals (NSHP).