Education and Professional Development Colloquium (EPD)

2021 Education Professional Development Colloquium

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23-24 March 2021


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The 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.


  • 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
  • Curriculum discussion

Pricing: free

There is no cost to attend this educational event.