in collaboration with

March 25 - 29, 2007

Norfolk Marriott Waterside
Norfolk, VA

General Chair

Dr. Maurice J. Ades
Westinghouse Savannah River Company, USA

Vice General Chair
Dr. Hassan Rajaei
Bowling Green State University, USA

Program Chair
Michael J. Chinni

Exhibits Chair
Steve Branch


Sponsored by
The Society for Modeling and Simulation International
P.O. Box 17900
San Diego, CA  92177-7900
Tel: 858-277-3888
Fax: 858-277-3930

in collaboration with

Spring Simulation Multiconference 2007 (SpringSim'07)

Keynote Address

Monday March 26, 8:30 - 10:00


Current Status and Future of Computer Modeling, Simulation, and Games (MS&G)

Mike McGinnis, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center


The research and development of computer models, simulations and games has evolved over the past several decades into an industry and academic discipline that are critical to the Nation's continued leadership in mathematics, science and engineering.  Dr. McGinnis will discuss the current state of computer modeling, simulations and games (MS&G), the economic impact of the industry in the Hampton Roads region, and future challenges and growth areas for MS&G research and development.

Bio. of Dr. McGinnis

Mike McGinnis joined Old Dominion University on 10 June 2006 as the Executive Director of the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC). Prior to assuming this position Brigadier General (Ret) McGinnis served for seven years as Professor and Department Head of the Systems Engineering Department, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.

Mike’s previous Army modeling, simulation and analysis assignments include Director of the U.S. Army Unit Manning Task Force, Director of the U.S. Army TRADOC Analysis Center at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and Director of the U.S. Military Academy Operations Research Center.

He has served on key government engineering, modeling, simulation and analysis committees to bring about change at the Army and Department of Defense levels. These include the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Defense Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Systems Engineering Forum, the U.S. Army OneSAF Architecture Working Group, Senior Reviewer for the Army Standards Nomination and Approval Process for Semi-Automated Forces, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Modeling and Simulation Committee, and the Deputy Undersecretary of the Army for Operations Research and Systems Analysis (ORSA) Advisory Committee.

Doctor McGinnis is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and has Masters of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Systems and Industrial Engineering. He attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Mike’s professional and scholarly body of work includes three national awards and over 40 published and peer-reviewed papers published during 17 years of working in the fields of systems engineering and operations research domains. Reflecting his contributions to military operations research, Mike has been a regular member of U.S. delegations to foreign nations as part of the Deputy Undersecretary of the Army for Operations. Doctor McGinnis has been honored with the 1995 Military Operations Research Society Rist Prize, the 2004 Military Operations Research Society Barchi Prize, and the ‘best paper’ for the 2005 Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Research and Development Track. He was inducted into Who’s Who in Engineering Education in 2005.

Sponsored by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International
P.O. Box 17900
San Diego, California 92177
Phone 858-277-3888
Fax 858-277-3930

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