Education and Professional Development Colloquium (EPD)

2022 Education Professional Development Colloquium

Education and Professional Development Colloquium (EPD)
0830 to 1700 ET
U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY
606 Thayer Rd, West Point, NY 10996



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

Robert C. Swallow
A headshot of Robert Chandler Swallow in a navy suit and light blue tie infront of an United States flag and Unitied States Air Force flag

Principal Deputy Director of Air Force Studies and Analysis

Mr. Robert Chandler Swallow, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Principal Deputy Director for Studies and Analysis, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. He is responsible for the development of Air Force-wide policy, guidance, and analyses that inform Air Force leadership decisions concerning current and future warfighting capabilities. Read More


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 updates on the 2024 EPD, please contact Ms. Sarah Madonia,