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Emerging Techniques Forum

4-5 December 2018
Hilton Mark Center

Emerging Techniques Forum

4-5 December 2018
Hilton Mark Center

MORS will hold its Emerging Techniques Forum (METF - formally known as METSM) at the Hilton Mark Center 4-5 December 2018.

The variety of topics, speakers, attendees, leaders, and distinguished guests will yet again be extensive. The meeting will be two days of unclassified technical presentations and discussions. 

There will be three tracks, leading professionals in each track will share their theoretical and applied research of revolutions in analytical techniques and operations research methods. The topic tracks will be different than last years, by design. These tracks will include plenaries, networking events throughout, and a mid-career focus panel.  

Important Information

Exhibiting at ETF

ETF will feature the opportunity for MORS Partners to exhibit. To reserve a space, simply contact Eric Kokuma, Director of Member Services at

Please note that there is no additional cost to exhibit as a MORS Partner. 

Past Notable Presenters Include:

 Jay J. Schnitzer is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at The MITRE Corporation. He oversees MITRE’s internal research and development (R&D) program and corporate technology transfer efforts, in order to 1) ensure a world-class internal R&D effort that supports the entire corporation, 2) deliver transformational capabilities that drive mission success and global leadership, 3) meet the needs of the direct work programs and federal sponsors through innovation, R&D, and transitioning technology directly to government, and 4) return value to the nation by transferring innovations to industry.

Previously, he was the Director Biomedical Sciences at MITRE, and oversaw the organization’s internal health transformation research and development program; identified areas, opportunities, and levers whereby MITRE can make big, important, transformative, impactful differences in healthcare; framed MITRE health-related priorities based on clinical/medical assessments; provided organization-wide expert clinical and medical input into MITRE health-related projects; determined which MITRE health projects would benefit from expert medical-clinical input, and defined and arranged that input; maintained and expanded external high level health sector relationships for MITRE, both government and non-governmental; and provided vision “over the horizon” for the future of US healthcare, and MITRE’s role. Recently, he led the writing and editing of the Integrated Report for the Independent Assessment performed in response to Section 201 of Veterans Choice Act, and organized and facilitated the Blue Ribbon Panel.

Before joining MITRE, Dr. Schnitzer was the Director of the Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In this role, he led a team of 20 program managers and 70 support staff overseeing research and development across multiple domains, from life sciences and biomedical research to quantum physics, including materials science, advanced mathematics, and engineering. During his tenure, he expanded the portfolio of new programs, and managed an annual budget of $460 million.

A few of his awards and honors include U.S. Department of Homeland Security FEMA Under Secretary’s Award, Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Achievement, MITRE President’s Award, and The New Westminster College Distinguished Fellow.


Dr. Brown is Founding Director of the Data Science Institute, the W.S. Calcott Professor of the Department of Systems and Information Engineering and Co-Director of the Translational Health Institute of Virginia, University of Virginia. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, Dr. Brown served as an officer in the U.S. Army and later worked at Vector Research, Inc. on projects in medical information processing and multi-sensor surveillance systems. He is now President of Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc. which provides data analysis and technical services for numerous private and governmental organizations. He serves on the National Research Council Committee on Transportation Security has served on the National Academy of Sciences panel on High Performance Computing and Crisis Management and on the NRC Committee on Surface Transportation Infrastructure Security. He is a past member of the Joint Directors of Laboratories Group on Data Fusion and a former Fellow at the National Institute of Justice Crime Mapping Research Center.

Dr. Brown has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for over 90 research contracts with federal, state, and private organizations. He has over 120 published papers and two edited books. His research focuses on data fusion, knowledge discovery, and predictive modeling with applications to security and safety.

Dr. Brown is a Fellow of the IEEE and a past President of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is the recipient of the Norbert Wiener Award for Outstanding Research in the areas of systems engineering, data fusion, and information analysis. He has also received an Outstanding Contribution Award from that society and the IEEE Millennium Medal. The student chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering has named him the best undergraduate teacher three years in a row (2001, 2002, and 2003). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transaction on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans . He has served on the administrative committee of the IEEE Neural Networks Council. He is coeditor of the books, Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence: The Integration of Problem Solving Strategies and Intelligent Scheduling Systems. He is also past-Chairman of the Operations Research Society of America Technical Section on Artificial Intelligence and he is the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from that Society. Dr. Brown's students have won competitions in the Omega Rho honor society, the IEEE, the Brunswick Society, and the Operations Research Society of America.

Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is author of the forthcoming book, Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, to be published in April 2018.

From 2008-2013, Mr. Scharre worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where he played a leading role in establishing policies on unmanned and autonomous systems and emerging weapons technologies. Mr. Scharre led the DoD working group that drafted DoD Directive 3000.09, establishing the Department’s policies on autonomy in weapon systems. Mr. Scharre also led DoD efforts to establish policies on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) programs and directed energy technologies. Mr. Scharre was involved in the drafting of policy guidance in the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance, 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, and Secretary-level planning guidance. His most recent position was Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.

Prior to joining OSD, Mr. Scharre served as a special operations reconnaissance team leader in the Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion and completed multiple tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of the Army’s Airborne, Ranger, and Sniper Schools and Honor Graduate of the 75th Ranger Regiment’s Ranger Indoctrination Program.

Mr. Scharre has published articles in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Politico, Proceedings, Armed Forced Journal, Joint Force Quarterly, Military Review, and in academic technical journals. He has presented at the United Nations, NATO Defence College, Chatham House, National Defense University and numerous other defense-related conferences on robotics and autonomous systems, defense institution building, ISR, hybrid warfare, and the Iraq war. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the BCC, and Swiss and Canadian television. Mr. Scharre is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He holds an M.A. in Political Economy and Public Policy and a B.S. in Physics, cum laude, both from Washington University in St. Louis.

Colonel Andrew O. Hall was commissioned in 1991 from the United States Military Academy as an Infantry Officer.  He has a BS in Computer Science, a MS in Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Management Science.

After attending the Infantry Officers Basic Course and Ranger school at Fort Benning, he served as a platoon leader, executive officer and support platoon leader in the 2d Battalion 9th Infantry, 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord , California and Fort Lewis, Washington.  He deployed to Eskon Air Base, Saudi Arabia as a part of Operation Southern Watch, Desert Storm Post Cease Fire Operations and Commanded a Mechanized Infantry Company, B/2-9 Infantry at Camp Casey Korea. 

After command, Andy was selected to study at the Naval Postgraduate School and teach at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He taught in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point where he was Career Field Designated as an Operations Research/Systems Analyst (ORSA).  He has since served as a Manpower Analyst in Strength Forecasting Division of the Army G-1 (Personnel), and as an Assessment and Effects analyst for XVIIIth Airborne Corps/Multi National Corps-Iraq, and as a global force management analyst in Joint Operations Division on the Joint Staff.

He last served as the Chief of the Military Personnel Structure and Plans Division in the Army G-1 where he was instrumental in the establishment of the Cyber Branch and Cyber Scholars program.

He is currently assigned as the Director of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point.  Andy is married to Colonel Mary Lou Hall who is currently assigned at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Jonathan H. Owen is the Director of Operations Research at GM Research and Development where he leads strategic initiatives for Revenue Growth and oversees Operations Research activities in the areas of revenue management, portfolio planning and vehicle content optimization, customer consideration and marketing effectiveness, and dealer effectiveness.

Jon began his career with GM in 1999 and was named OR Director in 2013. In this role, he leads strategic innovation activities for applied OR across diverse areas of the business that include pricing and revenue management, portfolio planning, vehicle technology selection and content optimization, supply chain and logistics, market demand modeling, and dealer effectiveness. He is responsible for creating and executing a vision to leverage advanced analytics and improve bottom-line results through technology development and business implementation. 

 Jon received his B.S. in Mathematical Science and Operations Research from the University of North Carolina in 1992 and M.S. and PhD. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University in 1993 and 1998. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and serves on its Analytics Certification Board and as VP of Practice Activities. He is also a member of the IE/MS Advisory Board at Northwestern. He is the author or several journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings, and co-inventor of multiple patents. In addition to several internal GM awards for innovation and impact, Jon has received the Society for Manufacturing’s Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, INFORMS’ Franz Edelman Award, and Northwestern University’s IE/MS Distinguished Alumni Award. Most recently he was recognized as leader of the GM team awarded the 2016 INFORMS Prize for its ‘sustained track record of innovative and impactful applied operations research and advanced analytics’.  

 Dr. Stone is Chief Scientist at Metron Inc.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS).  He is a recipient the Jacinto Steinhardt Award from Military Applications Section of INFORMS in recognition of his applications of Operations Research to military problems.

In 1975, the Operations Research Society of America awarded the Lanchester Prize to his text, Theory of Optimal Search.  In 1986, he produced the probability maps used to locate the S.S. Central America which sank in 1857, taking millions of dollars of gold coins and bars to the ocean bottom one and one-half miles below.  In 2010 he led the team that produced the probability distribution that guided the French to the location of the underwater wreckage of Air France Flight AF447.  He coauthored the 2016 book Optimal Search for Moving Targets.  He was one of the primary developers of the Search And Rescue Optimal Planning System used by the Coast Guard since 2007 to plan searches for people missing at sea

He continues to work on a number of detection and tracking systems for the United States Navy.  He is a coauthor of the 2014 book, Bayesian Multiple Target Tracking 2 nd Ed.

Chris Schieffer serves as the Section Head for Research, Education, Administration, and Project Management in the Department of Management Engineering and Internal Consulting (ME&IC) at Mayo Clinic. The strategic and management consulting resources in this department are responsible for systems analysis, design and implementation, reengineering and enhancement of core processes, assisting with business strategy and planning, project management, and supporting various business transformation initiatives. ME&IC provides business consulting and management engineering services to the Clinical Practice, Research, Education, Administration and Business Development at Mayo Clinic. Chris leads the applied analytics strategy within ME&IC in collaboration with enterprise planning and information technology teams. He is an Assistant Professor of Health Care Systems Engineering and provides instruction in applied analytics to health systems engineers as well as military medicine to second year medical students. Chris joined Mayo in September 2006 as a Quality Improvement Advisor facilitating improvement through teaching, one-on-one consultation, and guiding teams. Prior to joining Mayo, Chris worked in research and development as well as operations developing and improving products and processes in the data communications industry. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an ME in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University where he also held a faculty appointment teaching engineering fundamentals and multidisciplinary design. His areas of interest include teaching, problem solving, conflict resolution, data quality, visualization, analytics, automation, and simulation. Chris is on the board of directors of the Mayo Employees Federal Credit Union and serves as a Civil Engineering in the Iowa Air National Guard. He enjoys hiking, skiing, cooking, woodcraft, and tinkering with new technologies.

Harrison Schramm is a Principal Operations Research Analyst at CANA Advisors, and is the General Chair for the inaugural MORS Emerging Techniques Special Meeting (METSM).  His distinguished career in Operations Research spans both academic and production roles.  He is a Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) and is jointly accredited by the American Statistical Association and Royal Statistical Society.  He is a 20-year veteran of the US Navy, serving in helicopter squadrons based in Norfolk, Virginia, Agana, Guam, and Bahrain.

You can find his linkedin page here.

Dr. Lisa Oakley-Bogdewic is the Economist/ Principal Staff at The MITRE Corporation.  She has over 25 years of experience in economics in the public and private sectors. She has worked in Defense since 1995, specializing in organizational structure and design, the Federal budget process, resource and strategic planning, trade-space analysis, performance management, best value assessments, and general economic theory. Lisa leads portfolio management and governance projects for DoD Executives, led teams on large innovations such as IT Acquisition Reform, and has led research briefed to OMB leadership. Lisa is a 1st-year MORS Board Member, and an advocate/leader within MORS Affordability Analysis COP. Prior to her current employment with MITRE, Lisa was a DoD labor economist and an economic analyst in the banking sector. She holds a Ph.D. from George Mason University in Economics and a BA from UPenn. Hobbies: horseback riding, karate.