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38th International Test & Evaluation Symposium

Proceedings now available. 

Agenda (rev Sept 10)

As with many conferences & workshops across the globe, this year’s Symposium will be in a virtual format. We know that for many of you, this may be your first time attending an immersive, multi-day, online event. So we’ve compiled some simple pro tips to help you make the most of this virtual environment. There are also links to a quick overview video of how to navigate the virtual conference as well as FAQ. If you have any questions please email Lena@itea.org

  • The conference will be held in Mountain Daylight Time.
  • Most important tip! Use Google Chrome. The platform works best with this browser.
  • Government issued laptops have firewalls that sometimes block the site. We recommend using a personal laptop.
  • Make sure to allow permissions to your microphone and camera so you can video chat with other attendees. This can be done in your security and privacy settings.
  • When you first enter the event be sure to updated your profile and upload a picture so other attendees can see you.
  • If your screen is blank or a video does not load, refresh the page. (Windows: Ctrl + F5 or Mac: Command + Shift+R)
  • If you forget your password you can reset it. If you don’t see the reset option, enter any digit in the password field and hit enter. You will then see a reset password link. A 6 digit code will be sent to your email.
  • If you would like to see the video in full screen, click the hollow square found on the bottom right hand corner of the video.
  • Turn on your notification sound and popups so you can see when you receive a message. Turn this feature on via the gear icon in the chat window

Virtual Conference Platform Overview 

Virtual Events FAQ

How to Video Chat with another attendee


 Our theme for the 38th Annual ITEA Symposium is Evolution of T&E in an Age of Rapid Technological Change”.  As always, our focus is on ensuring test and Evaluation (T&E) delivers the most cost-effective assurance to the warfighter that new systems coming into the force are suitable, survivable and effective.  This year will be another virtual conference coordinated by the Valley of the Sun Chapter from Phoenix, AZ and with Volunteers from across the entire ITEA community.  Please plan on both attending, and more importantly, participating in this year’s Annual Symposium.


Full papers submitted to the Symposium will automatically be considered for the Best Paper Award, and student papers for the Student Best Paper Award.

Papers should be 4800 words or less and 12 point font, but no specific format is required. They should be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Images should be at least 300 dots per inch resolution and in PDF, JPEG, TIFF, or EPS format. Titles should 12 words or less and abstracts 200 words or less.

Full papers are eligible for submission for publication in the ITEA Journal. Requirements for Journal articles are found at https://itea.org/submissions/

Papers must be objective and free of advertising and commercialism. Authors are responsible for submitting original work and for the accuracy of all material provided. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that an article has not been published previously or is not being considered by another publication.


The following tutorials are being offered on Monday, September 13th in conjunction with the 2021 38th International Test & Evaluation Symposium. Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits will be awarded for completion of the tutorials. A certificate of completion will be provided upon request. 

The fee to attend a 4-hour tutorial is $205. If you would like to take a second course, your fee then becomes $385 for both classes . Upon registration, use the discount code “TWO-Tutorials” at checkout. Registration for a tutorial does not require registration for the Conference.

* ITEA also has a special group rate registration of  $150 per class (for three or more employees). We welcome you to take advantage of this limited time offer. See group tutorial reg form below for more information. 

Group Tutorial Registration Form

Tutorial Description PDF

Morning Courses

  1. Introduction to Cybersecurity Test and Evaluation, Pete Christensen, Consultant
  2. Building a Culture of Analytic Excellence,  Mark Kiemele, PhD, Air Academy Associates 
  3. Mind’s Eye to Metal – T&E in the Acquisition and Development Team, David Brown, PhD & David Bell, PhD, MITRE Corporation
  4. Incorporating T&E into Acquisition Contracts, Terry Murphy, Department of Homeland Security, T&E
  5. Ethically-aligned Experimentation and T&E: A human-centric view of complex military and safety critical intelligent and autonomous systems, Keith Joiner, PhD, &  Malcom G. Tutty, PhD, UNSW ADFA, International T&E Association Southern Cross Chapter
Afternoon Courses

  1. Successful Distributed T&E with TENA, JMETC, and BDA, Gene Hudgins, Test Resource Management Center Joint Mission Environment Test Capability (TRMC/JMETC)
  2. Real World Telemetry over IP, Gary Thom, Delta Information Systems
  3. T&E in Support of Agile: Test and Evaluation for Information Technology Acquisition, Robin Poston, PhD – System Testing Excellence Program, University of Memphis, and Mark Gillenson, PhD, University of Memphis
  4. Laser System Propagation T&E Challenges, Douglas H. Nelson, PhD, Teknicare, Inc. & Mark Stevens, Naval Postgraduate School
  5. Air Force’s New MBCRA (Mission Based Cyber Risk Assessment) and Integrated Engineering Approach, Kevin McGowan, COLSA
  6. Machine Learning Here, Machine Learning There… Machine Learning in Test & Evaluation? An ML Tutorial for Everyone, Mark Tschopp, PhD, U.S. Army Research Laboratory


We are delighted to announce our esteemed speakers! Please check back often as we continue to build our program and add new speakers. 

Raymond O’Toole, PhD
Director (acting) and Principal Deputy to the Director of Operational Test & Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense
James Wells
Director, Test and Evaluation, Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate

Kyle Fox
Executive Director,Systems Integration & Test, Raytheon Missiles & Defense

George Rumford
Director (acting) and Principal Deputy, Test Resource Management 
Malcolm Tutty, PhD
Australian Defence Force Academy, ITEA Southern Cross Chapter – Australia
Dana (Keoki) Jackson, PhD
Senior Vice President, General Manager, MITRE National Security
Shimon Fhima
Director Strategic Programmes, UK Ministry of Defence

Devin Cate
Director of Test and Evaluation, USAF

James Cook
Director, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation

Carroll “Rick” Quade
Director, Navy Innovation, Technology Requirements and Test and Evaluation, Dept of Navy

Neal MacKertich, PhD
Principal Engineering Fellow, Raytheon Missiles & Defense (retired)

Jane Pinelis, PhD
Chief of the Test, Evaluation and Assessment Branch, Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
Alec Banks
Defence Science and Technology Labs

Chad Bieber
Johns Hopkins University Applied Research Lab, Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center

Laura Freeman, PhD
Director, Intelligent System Lab, Virginia Tech Hume Center

John Haman
Institute for Defense Analyses

Galen Mullins
Johns Hopkins University Applied Research Lab

Terry Murphy
Deputy Director, Policy and Workforce Development, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Test and Evaluation

Darryl Ahner, PhD
Director, Scientific Test and Analysis Techniques Center of Excellence

Pete Christensen

Robin Poston, PhD
Dean of the Graduate School, University of Memphis

Kenneth Stefanek
Learning Director for Test and Evaluation, Defense Acquisition University

Matt Reynolds

Michael Schmidt, PhD
Vice President, Master Builders Solutions
Mike Knoll
Vice President, IT, FedEx

Tom Meservy, PhD
Brigham Young University

Antonia Pulley
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

John Stasulli
Parsons Corp

Edward Kraft, PhD

COL (R) Rick Bailer

Tom Downs
Manager, Engineering, Weapon Systems, GD-OTS Armaments and Energetics Business Unit

Kevin Fahey
President and CEO, Cypress International

Camille Robbins
Director, Virtual Test and Advanced Electronics Directorate, ATC

Matthew C. Wroten, Lt Col, USSF
Deputy, Test Enterprise Division




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

In addition to the Pre-Symposium Tutorials, the Workshop provides 4 contact hours of instruction (4 CPEs) for each half-day, 8 contact hours of instruction (8 CPEs) for each full-day, or 20 contact hours of instruction (20 CPEs) for attending the full Symposium, that are directly applicable to your professional development program, including the Certified Test and Evaluation Professional Credential (CTEP).


Online Registration
Download Registration Form

ITEA is very excited to be able to offer these reduced rates. Included in the cost of registration is access to all “on-demand” content up until October 31st. 

Regular Registration 
$400 – Non-Member*
$300 – ITEA Member 

Full-Time Government Employee or Active Duty
$300 – ITEA Member *

Full-Time Student
$25 – ITEA Member / Non-Member

Plenary Panelist or Track Session Presenter – $200 

Track Chair or Second Tutorial Instructor – $100

*Regular Registration rate includes one-year membership to ITEA.

Early T&E Career Professional (less than 5 years of T&E experience) VERIFICATION REQUIRED – Includes a one-year ITEA membership for Non-ITEA Member.

SUBSTITUTION AND CANCELLATION POLICY: Substitutions are permitted. Refunds are not available within two (2) days prior to the start of the event. Requests for cancellation submitted after 2 days prior to the event will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee.


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 opportunities are available to highlight your company before and during the Symposium. Let us know your budget and we’ll help you get noticed. NOTE: Sponsorship is tax deductible.

2021 Symposium Sponsorship Pledge Form


Why Exhibit

Don’t miss your opportunity to exhibit at the 2021 Symposium.  Commercial, academic, and government exhibits will play an integral part of this workshop. We’ll put you in the right place at the right time. Increase your visibility, network with key players, and show your support and commitment to the  industry and community! The virtual booth will include:

  • Live Stream: Have a live video chat with attendees real-time. 
  • Promo Video URL: Share a pre-recorded video with attendees visiting your booth.
  • Company Description: Add a description of your company/organization.
  • Offer Link: In the Offer area, add a special deal, discount, or reward for booth visitors.
  • Products: Add pictures of products with description.
  • Social Links: Include links to your social media so that interested attendees can stay up to date with your organization.
  • Upload Documents: Provide any resources for attendees visiting your booth to view & download. 
  • Chat: Chat in your booth or send a request for a private chat.
  • Registration Included: Exhibit fee includes two (2) complimentary registrations but UNLIMITED booth personnel.

Virtual Exhibit Application

Virtual Booth Information

Please contact Lena Moran at Lena@itea.org for additional details.


Symposium Chair:Mr. Steve Woffinden, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Deputy Symposium Chair: J. Michael Barton, PhD, Parsons Fellow

Technical Program Chair: Erwin Sabile, Booz Allen Hamilton

Tutorial Chair: J. Michael Barton, PhD, Parsons Fellow

Exhibits and Sponsorship Chair: Ms. Lena Moran, Lena@itea.org 

Awards Committee Chair: Ms. Stephanie Clewer, SA-TECH


Additional Symposium Planners:

Dr. Ade Britton, T&E Campaign, QinetiQ
Mr. Terry Murphy, Deputy Director T&E Office, Department of Homeland Security
Ms. Kathi Swagerty, Air Academy Associates, Sec ITEA Valley of the Sun Chapter, Chair ITEA Corporate Development Committee
COL (R) Rick Bailer
Mr. Pete Christensen, ITEA Professional Development Committee Chair, Independent Consultant
Mr. Erwin Sabile, BAH, Symposium Chair 2022

Event Details


13 - 17 Sep 2021




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