2023 Education and Professional Development Colloquium (EPD)

Education and Professional Development Colloquium (EPD)
Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 March 2023
2 Day Event
Virginia Military Institute (VMI)
319 Letcher Ave, Lexington, VA 24450


The Education and Professional Development Colloquium (EPD) is an annual event designed to bring together students, junior analysts, and senior professionals to provide mentoring and professional development opportunities.

The purpose of the EPD is to challenge undergraduate students by presenting them with an opportunity to perform National Security operational research work. 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. 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.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Steven (Steve) Stoddard
Dr. Steven (Steve) Stoddard

Director, Center for Army Analysis

Dr. Stoddard was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in July, 2013, and currently serves as the Director of the Center for Army Analysis (CAA) and the Army Modeling and Simulation Office (AMSO). Dr. Stoddard is responsible for directing the Army’s primary study program to inform strategic and operational decisions for the Army’s senior leaders. As Director of AMSO, he is responsible for the Army’s M&S strategy, governance, and policy. He also serves as the Executive Agent for the Army’s Functional Area 57 (Modeling & Simulation officers) and Career Program 36 (Analysis, Modeling & Simulation). His current efforts are focused on the Army’s structure, capabilities, capacity, and readiness to execute the National Defense Strategy.


The MORS room block booking deadline has passed, and it is our understanding that the hotel is full over our dates. There are several hotels close to VMI. If you need assistance, please contact the MORS Staff.

MORS has a small block of rooms at Hampton Inn Lexington – Historic District, which is a 5-minute drive from VMI. The rate is $129 + tax per night.

Hampton Inn Lexington – Historic District

401 E Nelson St,
Lexington, VA 24450
Phone: 540-463-2223

At this time, there is only one way to reserve:
Call 540-463-2223 and reference “MORS EPD Group”.

The deadline to reserve is 25 February. Parking is free at the hotel.


The EPD is a free event to attend, in order to receive all the necessary information to attend, please click the red "Register" button. If you need assistance registering please contact Ms. Sarah Madonia, sarah.madonia@mors.org.