Executive Seminar

18-19 June 2018
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

The seminar will focus on the tools and applications of quantitative National Security Analysis from an Executive Perspective.Included in the course is a tour of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) campus and overview of programs.Participants may join in two no-host lunches and one no-host dinner for networking, socializing, and enjoying the offerings of the Monterey Peninsula. Attendees will also be our guest for the Symposium Plenary and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday.
Room: Ingersoll 162 Conference Room


Monday, June 18
Social lunch (on campus)

1300- 1700 - Getting the Most Out of Analysis for Non-Analysts (Instructors: Walt DeGrange, Harrison Schramm, Paul Nicholas) – Ingersoll 162 Conference Room
No host dinner (Cannery Row Brewing Company)

Tuesday, June 19
0800-1200 - 86th MORS Symposium Plenary and Awards Ceremony
Social lunch (on campus)
PM - NPS tour and overview 

MORS Executive Seminar

If you are planning on participating in the Executive Seminar AND the 86th MORS Symposium, please contact Tina Yan at 703-933-9076 to register.


View the Executive Seminar Flyer! 

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 an operations research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD.  His research focuses on the application of advanced analytic techniques to problems in national security, an area in which he has numerous peer-reviewed publications and two patents.  A Marine veteran with several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul is a member of the MORS Board of Directors and is a former MIT Seminar XXI fellow.  He received his PhD from George Mason University, where he teaches a graduate course on analytics and decision analysis.

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.