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Education and Professional Development Colloquium

16-17 April 2019 
Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center
2121 Crystal Dr.
Arlington, VA 22202


The Education and Professional Development Colloquium is an annual event designed to bring together students, junior analysts, and senior professionals to provide mentoring and professional development opportunities.  The theme of this year’s Education and Professional Development Colloquium will be "The Life Cycle of a Question." Speakers will be discussing the difference between being an ORSA on a staff vs. being in an analytical agency vs. university/FFRDC. The purpose of the EPD is to expose undergrad students to opportunities to perform operational research work in National Security settings.  Students do this by participating in the Richard E. Rosenthal competition. The Rosenthal Student Competition is a “quick reaction analysis” competition which allows students from all participating institutions to work on an OR problem together, demonstrate their skills and learn different ways to approach a problem toward a team solution. Young analysts who participate will learn about different formal education expectations of military, government civilians, private industry employees, and academics. Additionally, you will learn informal skill expectations and considerations for moving between careers. This year's EPD will bring together speakers, practitioners, and students of operations research for an overdue look at military operations research beyond the military operation.


Confimed Speakers:

Dr. Yisroel Brumer, Deputy Director (CAPE), Analysis and Innovation (bio)

Dr. Steven Stoddard, Deputy Director, Force Management, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Department of the Army (bio)

Dr. Julie Pechacek, Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses (bio )

LTC Chike J. Robertson, USAR, Manpower Analyst for the Reserve Component, Headquarters G8, Program Analysis and Elevation Directorate  (bio)


There is no cost to attend this educational event. However, we ask you to please register in order for us to have an accurate count of attendees. 

EPD Agenda

EPD Agenda (as of 12 April)

EPD includes:

  • Richard E. Rosenthal Student Competition
    An intercollegiate competition of quick turn analysis and student presentations on complex National Security issues.
  • Student Academic Work Poster Competition
    Students prepare visual presentations of their project work and answer questions "on their feet."
  • Speed Mentoring Sessions
    Active analysts serve as mentors to young analysts and students in quick round-robin format.
  • Young Analyst Panel discussion
    Newly employed analysts talk about their journey from academia to industry or government service.
  • Student Presentation Opportunity
    An opportunity for students to showcase and explain their research, build their presentation skills and scholarship.


Hyatt Regency Crystal City
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

The Hyatt Regency Crystal City is holding a limited block of rooms under the per diem rate of $251, not including any applicable taxes. Reservations must be made by 28 March and may sell out before. Visit the hotel link or call (800) 233-234 to book your hotel room and reference "MORS" to receive the group rate. Parking is $40 per night. 

Event Contacts

Event Content:
Ms. Liz Marriott at liz.marriott@mors.org or (703) 933-9071

Ms. Shelbie Jenkins at shelbie.jenkins@mors.org or (703) 933-9072

Ms. Tina Yan at tina.yan@mors.org or (703) 933-9076

MORS Government Sponsors