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.

Please go here for more information.


  • Program Description
  • Call-For-Papers - DUE Oct 20, 2017
  • Pre-Workshop Tutorials (tba)
  • Featured Speakers (tba)
  • Technical Track Sessions (tba)
  • Registration 
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 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


    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 Fiscal Year 2017. 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 FY 2016 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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    Platinum Sponsor

    Am Systems

     Sponsorship dollars will 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


    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, or 20 contact hours of instruction (20 CEUs) for attending the full Workshop, 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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    Abstracts Due - Oct 20, 2017

    Abstract Submission Form

    Authorization to Publish

    All sessions will be unclassified and open to the general T&E community. Abstracts will be reviewed for a presentation during a conference session or as a poster paper. Presentations will be published in proceedings and made available to all attendees.

    Abstracts should be noncommercial in scope, pertinent to conference topic, no longer than 500 words, and releasable to the general public. Visit the ITEA website for the Abstract submission form that must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


    • Assessing Game Changing Technologies Integrated with Current Warfighter Capabilities
    • Cybersecurity Testing in Prototyping and Experimentation Development Environments
    • Distributed Testing and Experimentation
    • DoD and Service Experimentation Plans/Campaigns
    • Game Changing Technologies
    • Instrumentation, Targets, and Diagnostics Requirements for Game Changing Technologies
    • Methodologies for Experimentation vs Test
    • Modeling and Simulation
    • Role of T&E in Experimentation
    • Systems Thinking Applied to “Alternate Pathways” Acquisition Processes


    Tutorials are unclassified, publicly released, 4-hour educational classes that will be held on Tuesday, March 6. They are strictly non-marketing, and a certificate of completion will be available to the students for 4-hours of instruction that is directly applicable to their professional development program.

    If you are interested in instructing a class that pertains to the theme and topics related to this conference, please submit your full name, organization, title of the tutorial and a synopsis of the tutorial (500 words or less) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Subject line should read: Tutorial Abstract. Deadline for tutorial abstract is October 20, 2018.


    If you've conducted ground-breaking research, used "best-in-class" techniques, deployed  successful processes, or developed unique procedures in the field of test and evaluation, work that your peers would be interested in learning, presenting at ITEA Workshops is an important part of your professional development, by providing you with an amazing opportunity to learn from your peers, share your experiences, and contribute to advancing the Test and Evaluation profession.

    Presenting at ITEA Workshops provides you the chance to:

    • Represent your field of interest, allowing researchers in other disciplines, policymakers, and the public to become aware of the innovative work being generated in your particular area of expertise;
    • Practice your presentation skills;
    • Help you develop the expertise needed to discuss your work in a clear and meaningful way;
    • Learn how to answer specific questions and present your work to a range of individuals (who may or may not be familiar with your field of research);
    • Contribute to your overall professional profile by showing others that you regularly disseminate your work to colleagues, as well as that you keep up-todate on cutting-edge and best practices in T&E; and,
    • Help you establish contacts that will foster friendships with other motivated T&E professionals who can be resources for you at any stage of your career.


    Presentations at ITEA events should:

    • Contribute technically sound knowledge in a particular area of test and evaluation;
    • Present new knowledge or experience that has not been published previously; and,
    • Not be commercial, marketing, or “infomercial” in nature. The presentation’s introductory slide is the only slide that may contain the presenter's company name and/or logo. Presentations that promote specific companies, organizations, products, or services are reserved for the Exhibit Hall or Vendor Track Sessions, and strictly prohibited in Pre-Workshop sessions (including tutorials, demonstrations, and other presentations), and the Workshop Plenary and Technical Track sessions.

    Tutorials are typically scheduled for either a half-day or full day, should include comprehensive presentations on well-established topics, and may include hands-on exercises on using various software and/or hardware tools. Technical Track Session presentations are shorter than tutorials and usually last 20 minutes, with N additional 10 minutes for questions.

    While tutorials go into considerable depth, Technical Track Session presentations give quick holistic overviews of interesting emerging topics with a concentration on fundamentals and projection about the future of these topics.

    Poster Presentations, usually displayed in the Exhibit hall, are designed to present Works-in-Progress, new ideas, and emerging fields and research topics in test and evaluation. Poster presenters are expected to bring their printed poster and handouts, and to be present during scheduled times for the Poster Presentation session(s). Attendees will browse the posters and directly interact with the presenters. Thus, the poster session is intended to be an informal, conversational forum for new ideas.


    It is expected that the First Author will present the same work described in the abstract, with the same title and content. Design a presentation that is independent, objective, scientifically rigorous, balanced and free of bias.

    • Only presentations created in PowerPoint will be accepted.
    • Widescreen display - Speakers should using PowerPoint 2016 default to a 16:9 widescreen display. For other versions of PowerPoint, click on the “Design” tab. Click “Page Setup”. PowerPoint will default to Slides sized for: “On-screen Show (4:3)”. Change the setting to “On-screen Show (16:9) and click OK. If you do not format your presentation in 16:9 then the presentation will fill the screen from top to bottom, but will display with black bars to the left and right of your slides.
    • English is the language used for all Workshop presentations
    • Please note that you cannot use PowerPoint’s “Presenter View” function during your lecture.
    • Light colored text on a dark background is advised.
    • Font size of AT LEAST 24 points for body text and 36 – 40 points for headings can be seen well by attendees
    • When linking picture, graph or video files in PowerPoint, make sure to keep a backup copy of your files and confirm that they work from within your presentation. In addition, please note that adding picture files into your presentation may result in a large PowerPoint file size. Please resize picture files to before importing to prevent an unwieldy file size.
    • If using video, make sure that the video file can be played using the following software: – Windows: Windows Media Player (WMV format recommended) *If using video, we recommend bringing your own laptop.
    • Speakers should be in the meeting venue at least 10-15 minutes prior to the session start.
    • Speaker should sit in the front row of the session and approach the podium as the Moderator introduces the talk. Speakers can share the moderators table as space permits during the discussion period.
    • Pairs of moderators have been assigned for each session.
    • At the beginning of your session the moderators will introduce themselves, your session title, and the speaker and the title or their talk
    • The Technical Tracks Chairs moderators will indicate that session is open for discussion and questions
    • A microphone will be available at the podium as well as a laser pointer
    • You can advance your slides by use of the mouse or the use of the page up or down buttons.

    Presentation Timing

    Presentations given within Workshop Sessions are scheduled for 20 minutes for the presentation with an additional 10 minutes for questions. We ask that you please keep to your allotted time for your presentation.

    Uploading Presentations

    Upload your presentation in the speaker ready room at least 1 hour prior to your presentation. Make sure to bring a back-up of your presentation. Note: You may make changes to your presentation up to 1 hour before the start of your session. We will not accept presentations within 1 hour of the START OF THE SESSION. If you do not upload your presentation, you will not be allowed to present.

    • If necessary, edit and revise your presentation the DAY BEFORE your scheduled talk. Edits to your presentation are not permitted inside the session room.
    • Ensure you have included your financial disclosure slide as the second slide of your presentation.
    • Upload and check your presentation in the Speaker Preview Room
    • Confirm your presentation runs as planned and is scheduled correctly.
    • Arrive 15 minutes before the start of your session and check in with the session moderator.
    • Make sure to inform staff if using videos in your presentation

    Speaker preview room and AV assistance

    Speakers may preview their presentations, make any changes, or get assistance from the audiovisual staff on site. The speaker ready room is open 0700 – 1630.


    Any potential conflict of interest, regardless of its connection to the topics discussed or mentioned during this event, must be declared by the Workshop speakers and their co-authors and be conveyed to the audience as a second slide as part of any presentation. See the Workshop Website for a downloadable disclosure slide.

    Balanced information

    If specific products or services are mentioned, there should be a balanced presentation of the prevailing body of scientific information on that product or service and of reasonable alternative options. If unapproved or off-label uses of a product are discussed, presenters must inform the audience of this fact.

    Presenters should not engage in peer selling. Peer selling occurs when a manufacturer or service provider engages an attendee to conduct an activity that focuses on or is designed to enhance the sale of its own products. Avoid using:

    • Product endorsements
    • Product logos or branding

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    Poster Guidelines

    An academic poster is the visual aid for a compact presentation of (a part of) a research project. Both content and layout are essential. The poster should attract the attention within a few seconds and the reader should be able to get the main points from the headings alone.

    1. Poster boards - Poster boards should be 48 inches x 36 inches (width x height). Please, use adequate letter type and size to ensure good readability. Well-designed figures, graphs and tables will generally increase the attractiveness of your poster.

    2. Poster titles and structure - Poster titles should be identical to the title of the corresponding abstract. The general structure includes Introduction, Aim of the study, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusion. Abstracts are not needed, because the information is already condensed on the poster. Try to make title and headings as informative as possible, i.e. not too general. Preferably the reader should be able to get the main points from the headings alone. Try to reduce Methods and Study Design in a photo or scheme with subscript and focus on the principle outcome measure(s). Present your Results in simple graphics. All visuals should relate to the main message and conclusion. The Conclusion should be the direct answer to the Aim of the study. The References contain background information and can be presented in a compact way (e.g. 1st author et al. Journal (short form), Issue, Pages).

    3. Poster numbers - Poster boards in the poster area will be numbered by means of the poster code (letters and numbers) appearing in the scheduling confirmation sent to you. You will also find your poster code in the final program on the conference website.

    4. Text format - Title should be readable at about 5 feet, text is generally read at 1 or 2 feet. It is recommended to use bulleted points and to use an active voice. Keep text elements to 50 words or fewer.

    5. Fonts - For headings (at least 36 point) and bulleted points use sans serif fonts like Arial or Tahoma. For blocks of texts use serif fonts like Times New Roman, Palatino or Garamond of at least 24 point, since they are easier to read.

    6. Colors - Use light Color background and dark Color letters for contrast, as poster boards are not always in the spotlight. Use a theme of only 2 or 3 Colors. The use of transparent of background pictures may go at the cost of readability of text: what you see on screen is not always what you get after printing! Avoid red-green combinations because of Colorblind visitors in the audience.

    7. Figures and Artwork - Usually 4-6 figures are included in a poster. Make them simple, readily comprehensible and self-contained. Lines in graphs are generally identified by form or Color. We do advise you to use the combination of both. (see also Colors). Figures and artwork are magnified on posters. In case of bitmap photos and figures try to maintain sufficient resolution (at least 150 dpi in the final format). Keep figure legends short (10-25 words maximum).

    8. Names and affiliations - Posters should show the names and affiliations of all contributing authors.

    9. Marketing/commercial purpose - Scientific posters are not to be used for marketing or commercial purposes.

    10. Financial interest - Any grants or other real or perceived financial interests should be acknowledged on your poster.

    11. Poster display - Posters should be on display continuously during the Exhibit Hall hours. Each poster presenter is scheduled to stand by their poster on one day of their Workshop session during the breaks and lunch hour.

    12. Removing posters - Posters should be ultimately removed during the Exhibitor move out on Thursday. Posters that have not been taken away by 18:00 hrs will be removed by the Workshop organizers and will be destroyed.

    13. Mounting tripods - Mounting tripods will be made available by the hotel.

    14. Handouts - You are advised to bring hard copies of your poster as handouts.


    Go here to Register Online

    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 Workshop Registration - Includes two Lunches and the Networking Reception

    Early Bird Registration - $645* prior to Nov. 1, 2017

    Regular Registration - $745* Nov. 1-30, 2017

    Late Registration - $845* After Nov. 30, 2017

    One-Day Pass WEDNESDAY - $475* (Includes Networking Reception)
    One-Day Pass THURSDAY - $425* (Includes Lunch)

     * includes one-year membership to ITEA

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

    Early Bird Registration - $495 prior to Nov. 1, 2017

    Regular Registration - $595 Nov. 1-30, 2017

    Late Registration - $695 After Nov. 30, 2017

    One-Day Pass WEDNESDAY - $400 (Includes Networking Reception)
    One-Day Pass THURSDAY - $350 (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)

    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.

    Go here to Register Online for the 18th Engineering Workshop 

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

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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. To obtain an application to exhibit or to see the floor plan, visit

    Exhibit Application (coming)

    Exhibitor Information Kit (coming)

    Previous Exhibitors Include:

    • Alion Science and Technology
    • Booz Allen Hamilton
    • CALCULEX, Inc.
    • Charles Stark Draper Laboratory
    • Command Post Technologies
    • Dell EMC Corporation
    • EMRTC New Mexico Tech
    • Engility Corporation
    • General Dynamics Mission Systems
    • Georgia Tech Research Institute
    • Jacobs Technology, Inc.
    • JT3, LLC
    • KBRWyle
    • Kratos Technology and Training Solutions
    • MIRATEK Corporation
    • NetAcquire Corporation
    • New Mexico Tech
    • Systems Application & Technologies (SA-Tech)
    • The Boeing Company
    • TRAX International
    • TRIDEUM Corporation
    • Zodiac Data Systems
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      Host Conference Center

      Sheraton Uptown
      Albuquerque, NM

      Please make your reservations at

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


      Mr. Pat Cannon


      Mr. Ralph Galetti
      Mr. Steve Woffinden


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


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


      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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