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18th Engineering Workshop (2018)

T&E in Support of Prototyping and Experimentation

January 16 - Pre-Workshop Tutorials
January 17-18 - Workshop Plenary and Technical Track Sessions
Sheraton Uptown ~ Albuquerque, NM

Hosted by the ITEA Roadrunner, White Sands, Huachuca, and Valley of the Sun Chapters


 The 18th Engineering Workshop will be co-located with the Directed Energy (DE) T&E Conference,
which is sponsored by the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) - Information link below.

2018 DEPS Directed Energy T&E Conference

Some portions of the DE T&E Conference will be available to any Conference registrant,
others will require that attendees be employees of the U.S. Department of Defense or its contractors.

DEPS Short Courses

Please go here for more information.


  • Program Description
  • CALL-FOR-PAPERS - Late abstracts will be accepted on a "space available" basis through January 5
  • Pre-Workshop Tutorials - REGISTER FOR TUTORIALS NOW
  • Plenary Speakers 
  • Technical Track Sessions (tba)
  • Exhibits
  • Sponsorship
  • Registration 
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Host Hotel
  • Program Committee
  • Go here to Register Online for the 18th Engineering Workshop 

    Go here to Register Online for the 2018 DEPS Directed Energy T&E Conference 

    Go here to download the registration form

    DOWNLOAD PROGRAM AGENDA NOW!


    GREETINGS!!!

    On behalf of the International Test and Evaluation Society and the Directed Energy Professional Society, we would like to invite you to participate in two long running events being jointly held in Albuquerque this coming January. The ITEA 18th Annual Engineering Workshop and the ITEA/DEPS 15th Annual DE T&E Conference are cooperating to put on what will feel like a single premiere event.

    This year the ITEA workshop focuses on T&E in support of Prototyping and Experimentation, a theme shared with the DE T&E conference. We will have a combination of plenary presentations and technical tracks to create a platform for government and industry to share information and collaborate. Our Technical Program chairs are putting together a comprehensive agenda of relevant technical tracks to explore various topics in detail. Those tracks and a current listing of speakers can be found on either societies’ website.

    Registration for either event, being done via the ITEA website, will provide registrant access to all combined plenary sessions, technical breakout sessions, exhibits, and receptions for both meetings. A unique aspect of this event from ITEA’s perspective is our ability to have limited distribution and classified presentations though there will always be an open session for you to participate in. We recommend you follow the link on both events websites to submit your visit request information prior to arriving onsite.

    For Exhibitors, we will continue to follow the policy jointly agreed to by ITEA and DEPS when we first started the DE T&E Conference. Specifically, being a Corporate Sponsor of either DEPS or ITEA does not qualify for a complimentary exhibit space. The exhibit space floor plan as well as registration fees and instructions can be found on both websites.

    The Sheraton Uptown is an excellent venue with great access to I-40 and superior shopping and dining within easy walking distance. Make your reservations soon.

    See you in January!

    Regards,
    Edward Trzcienski, DE T&E Conference Chair
    Pat Cannon, Engineering Workshop Chair


    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

    In August 2017, DoD submitted a “Report to Congress Restructuring the Department of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Organization and Chief Management Officer Organization” in response to Section 901 of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY17. Though the major focus of the report was the restructure of AT&L, the report also stated:

    1. The development of advanced capabilities had to be a top strategic objective for the DoD;
    2. The Department must increase the extent it is willing to take development risk in delivering the full range of advances, from incremental to ‘game changing’; and,
    3. The “Department must increasingly leverage prototyping, experimentation and other developmental activities to retire technical risk before either weighing down the research and engineering phase with costly procurement decisions or weighing down a procurement program with costly technical risk.”

    This workshop leverages last year’s 3rd Offset Theme and emerging DoD vision to explore the role of T&E in “prototyping, experimentation and other developmental activities.” What are the roles of DoD T&E organizations and the MRTFBs in designing, planning, executing, and supporting these activities? The Report dictates the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Advanced Capabilities will conduct prototyping and experimentation to increase understanding of technology and its impact on warfighting capability. However, each Service has already embarked on significant prototype development and experimentation campaigns, many related to 3rd Offset technologies, with execution timelines that span years not decades. How do the Service and DoD T&E communities respond to rapidly emerging needs for instrumentation, infrastructure, and test methodologies to support these campaigns?

    The Report highlights the two current acquisition pathways well understood and used regularly within DoD; one for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (described in DoDI 5000.02) and one for Urgent/Emerging Operational Needs (described in DoDI 5000.71). The FY16 NDAA provided an additional pathway referred to as "middle tier acquisition," and the DoD Report depicts this ‘middle tier’ alternative pathway with a figure relating it to the traditional 5000.02 pathway. The objective is to acquire capabilities faster in today's near-peer competitive environment. What does Testing & Evaluation mean in the context of ‘Limited Trials’ in this new pathway?

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    While aspects of the DoD Report will take years to implement, prototyping and experimentation are moving out. This workshop will discuss the practical implications of T&E support to getting ‘game changing’ technology to the Warfighter. We’ll continue to discuss selected tenants of the 3rd offset such as cyber, C4I and Software Intensive Systems, distributed testing, modeling and simulations, autonomous systems, hypersonic systems, directed energy, spectrum, advanced instrumentation systems, and expand the discussion into a SoS application or challenge. Key speakers, town halls and technical sessions will be part of a program to identify challenges, solutions, innovations and a future state; all contributing to moving us closer to creation of an infrastructure and principles, conducive to testing and training in a more operationally realistic environment. Come Join Us!

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    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

    ITEA is a 501(c)(3) professional education association dedicated to the education and advancement of the test and evaluation profession. Registration fees, membership dues, and sponsorships are tax deductible.

    Sponsorship dollars help defray the cost of this event and support the ITEA scholarship fund, which assists deserving students in their pursuit of academic disciplines related to the test and evaluation profession.

    Sponsorship Pledge Form


     Platinum Sponsor

    Am Systems


     Gold Sponsor

     KBRWyle

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     CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)

    Each of the 4-hour Pre-Workshop Tutorials provide 4 contact hours of instruction (4 CEUs) that are directly applicable to your professional development program, including the Certified Test and Evaluation Professional Credential (CTEP).

    In addition to the Pre-Workshop Tutorials, the Workshop provides 4 contact hours of instruction (4 CEUs) for each half-day, 8 contact hours of instruction (8 CEUs) for each full-day, that are directly applicable to your professional development program, including the Certified Test and Evaluation Professional Credential (CTEP).

    Please send your request for a Certificate of Attendance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    Plenary Speakers

    Confirmed Speakers

    • Mr. Derrick Hinton - Acting Director, Test Resource Management Center 
    • Mr. Steve Traver - NM Legislative Fellow
    • Ms. Denise De La Cruz - TRMC Deputy Director, Test and Evaluation Range Oversight 
    • Tom Clutz, PhD - Director at the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) 

    Invited Speakers

    • NM Senator Martin Heinrich
    • Maj. Gen. Matthew Molloy - Commander, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center  
    • Charles Perkins, PhD - Principal Deputy for Emerging Capability & Prototyping , ASD(R&E) 
    • Kelly Hammett, PhD - Director, Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate 
    • Mr. Steve Squires - Director, High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility

    Registration

    Go here to Register Online for the 18th Engineering Workshop 

    Go here to Register Online for the 2018 DEPS Directed Energy T&E Conference 

    Go here to download the registration form

    ITEA is a 501(c)(3) professional education association dedicated to the education and advancement of the test and evaluation profession. Registration fees, membership dues, and sponsorships are tax deductible.

    NOTE: Pre-Workshop Tutorials require a separate fee from the Workshop. Single Pre-Workshop Tutorial - $205, Two Pre-Workshop Tutorials - $385 (use discount code "TWO-Tutorials" at check out).

    Regular - Includes two Lunches, the Networking Reception, and a one-year ITEA membership.

    • $645 - Early Bird Registration prior to Dec 15, 2017
    • $745 - Regular Registration Dec 15-29, 2017
    • $845 - Late Registration after Dec 29, 2017
    • $475 - One-Day Pass WEDNESDAY (Includes Networking Reception)
    • $425 - One-Day Pass THURSDAY (Includes Lunch)

    ITEA and DEPS Members/Full-Time Government Employees/Active Duty Military - Includes two Lunches and the Networking Reception

    • $495 - Early Bird Registration prior to Dec 15, 2017
    • $595 - Regular Registration Dec 15-29, 2017
    • $695 - Late Registration after Dec 29, 2017
    • $400- One-Day Pass WEDNESDAY (Includes Networking Reception)
    • $350- One-Day Pass THURSDAY (Includes Lunch)

    Special Workshop Registration

    • $200 - Plenary Speaker, Plenary Panel Chair, or Technical Track Session Chair
    • $395 - Plenary Session Panelist, Technical Track Session Presenter, or Tutorial Secondary Instructor
    • $100 - EXHIBIT HALL ONLY (Exhibitor Personnel)
    • $0 - EXHIBIT HALL ONLY (Non-Exhibitor Personnel)
    • $25 - FULL-TIME STUDENT (ID Required)

    Go here to download the registration form

    SUBSTITUTION AND CANCELATION POLICY: Substitutions are permitted. Refunds are not available within ten (10) days prior to the start of the event. Requests for cancelation submitted between ten (10) to 45 days prior to start date of the event will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Requests for cancellation greater than 45 days prior to the start date of the event will be subject to a $100 cancelation fee. 

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    Host Conference Center

    Sheraton Uptown
    Albuquerque, NM

    To make a reservation at the reduced rate of $93 a night, call the hotel reservation line at 800-325-3535 or make your reservations at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1708228110&key=2F7E36B8

    Room block ends December 22, 2017

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    Exhibit Hall

    Your company or government organization will want to take advantage of the premium space that is available for you to display and demonstrate products and services for the test and evaluation community. Limited space is available, do not delay. If you would like more information on exhibiting or sponsoring at this event please contact Lena Moran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Exhibit Application

    Exhibit Floorplan

    Exhibitor Information Kit is now available. Please contact Lena Moran to receive the document or use the On-Line Ordering.

    Exhibit Hall Hours

     

              Tue, January 16th - Noon to 5pm, Exhibitor Set-up

              Wed, January 17th - 7am to 3:30pm

                   Networking Reception - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

              Thu, January 18th - 7am to 3:30pm

                   Exhibitor Move-out - 3:30pm - 6pm

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    Program Committee - Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    WORKSHOP CHAIR

    Mr. Pat Cannon

    TECHNICAL PROGRAM Co-CHAIRS

    Mr. Ralph Galetti
    Mr. Steve Woffinden

    STEM Co-CHAIRS

    Ms. Kathi Swagerty
    Mr. Gerry Blondeaux
    Mr. Ed Trzcienski

    FACILITY CHAIR

    Ms. Cynnamon Spain, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    EXHIBITS/SPONSORSHIP CHAIR

    Ms. Lena Moran,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    REGISTRATION

    James Gaidry, CAE- ITEA Executive Director
    703-631-6220, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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