Executive Seminar

Getting the most out of Analysis for Non-Analysts!
21 March 2017
US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

We would like to invite you to the First MORS Executive Seminar, to be held at the US Naval Academy on 21 March, 2017 at 1:00 PM.  This four-hour event is free to MORS Members / MORS Sponsor organizations and is intended to help decision-makers without a formal background in OR (Operational Research) get the most out of analysis. 
The seminar will cover the core of what analysis is and how OR analysts approach and tackle the data. So, if you have ever sat there and wondered what those OR analysts were talking about, or just wanted the ability to engage them in a more informed and intelligent way, this event is for you.

Join us and our team of expert instructors for a great day of learning how to get the most out of analysis. 

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Seminar Full

The Executive Seminar is full.  If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email Jennifer Ferat at jennifer.ferat@mors.org.

Course Outline

1. What is Analysis-  Both what is and what isn't
2. Dealing with Uncertainty- Some simple examples involving the dangers of Expected Value, EVPI, etc.
3. Matching Models to Problems- How the choice of model and modeling approach can drive an answer
4. Statistical Learning and Statistical Computing- Computing environments, training, and computational complexity
5. Ethics in Analysis- Based on both ASSA and INFORMS Guidelines
6. Critiquing Analysis- Based on Jerry Brown's 'Five Questions'
7. Case Study
8. Capstone & Closing


Harrison Schramm is an Operations Research Professional with experience in Government, Industry and Academia. He is a past Vice-President of MORS and has served in a number of professional roles, to include Chair of the Analytics cluster of INFORMS, Chair of the inaugural Emerging Techniques Special Meeting, and past Chair of the EPD as well as serving on the Edelman Prize Committee of INFORMS. He is a regular contributor to Phalanx and has a recurring column "The Five Minute Analyst" in INFORMS/Analytics Magazine. He is currently a Principal Operations Research Analyst at CANA Advisors. He holds professional accreditation as a statistician from both the American and Royal Statistical Societies. He is a Certified Analytics Professional of INFORMS.


Dr. Paul Nicholas is a senior operations research analyst at the Marine Corps Operations Analysis Directorate in Quantico, VA. A veteran of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul is a member of the MORS Board of Directors, a former visiting fellow at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, and a current MIT Seminar XXI fellow. He received his PhD from George Mason University, where he teaches a graduate course on analytics and decision analysis. His research focuses on the application of advanced analytic techniques to problems in cyberspace and electronic warfare, an area in which he has numerous peer-reviewed publications and a patent.

Walt DeGrange is an Operations Research Professional with experience in Government, Industry and Academia. He is the Chair of the MORS Continuing Education Committee and the INFORMS SpORts Section as well as a MORS Board of Directors member. He is also on faculty and teaches at the University of Arkansas and serves as an Executive Practicum Advisor at the NC State Poole School of Management. In his role as a Principal Operations Research Analyst at CANA Advisors, he leads the sports analytics research area.