Executive Seminar

2023 Executive Seminar

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Executive Seminar

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Decision-making is increasingly being driven by vast quantities, velocities, and varieties of data. Operations research (or analytics) offers many techniques for deriving insight from data, but the field of OR may be intimidating to those without a formal OR, computer science, or math background. The one-day MORS Executive Seminar provides senior decision-makers a basic toolkit for getting the most out of quantitative analysis. Over the course of several modules, this seminar will introduce the core techniques and processes of operations research in the context of real-world problems.


Our expert instructors aim to help participants become better-informed consumers of quantitative analysis by covering the following topics:

  • What is analysis – and what isn’t
  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • Matching models to problems
  • Statistical learning and statistical computing
  • Ethics in analysis
  • Critiquing analysis


Mr. Walt DeGrange

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.

Dr. Paul J. Nicholas

Dr. Paul J. NicholasDr. Paul J. Nicholas is an adjunct instructor at The Johns Hopkins University. He teaches a graduate course on discrete hybrid optimization as part of JHU’s Engineering for Professionals (EP) program. Paul is an operations research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU APL), and also serves in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Learn More

Mr. Harrison Schramm

Mr. Harrison SchrammAn 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. Learn More


  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


Register Now, Pay Later:

Take advantage of the option to register now and pay later with the “invoice me” option at checkout. The "Invoice Me" option can only be used for the registration fee. This option will display in the credit card dropdown menu on the checkout page. It won't appear if you have social tickets, CEU courses or tutorials in your cart. If you need assistance registering, please contact Ms. Sarah Madonia, sarah.madonia@mors.org.

Who can attend (Clearance Requirements):

This meeting is open to U.S. citizens and FVEY Partners (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK). Non U.S. citizens of U.S. allies may attend at the discretion of MORS. Non U.S. attendees will be notified if their registration to attend is not accepted.

Employer Member Non-Member
MORS Government Sponsor* $540 $560
U.S. Federal Government $560 $580
IDA Employees Only* $550 $570
All Others $580 $600

*Government Sponsor organizations include Center for Army Analysis, HQDA/DCS Program G-8; Marine Corps Combat Development and Integration; Naval Operations, N81; SAF/SA, Studies and Analysis; OSD, A&S; and DHS S&T/OSE/ORA