Education & Professional Development Colloquium

3-4 March 2020
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD


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. 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.

EPD Elements

  • 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"
  • Student Presentation Opportunity
    An opportunity for students to showcase and explain their research, build their presentation skills and scholarship

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. 


Historic Inns of Annapolis
Rate: $109 (per diem)
Booking Deadline: 2 February 2020
Parking: There are local garages and street parking within walking distance to the hotel. The hotel offers valet parking for $29 per night.


Ms. Liz Marriott,, or 703-933-9071