Government Keynote Speaker

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04), Senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04)

Born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia, Randy Forbes has never forgotten who he is or where he came from. Growing up as the son of a WWII Normandy veteran, Randy was raised on the values of duty, hard work, family, and faith. He carried those principles with him to Randolph-Macon College, where he graduated as valedictorian of his 1974 class, and throughout his years at University of Virginia School of Law. Today, Randy continues to live out those values in the U.S. House of Representatives, working every day for the people of Virginia.

Since first elected to Congress in 2001, Randy’s highest priority has been to protect and defend our nation, the fundamental freedoms it was founded upon, and the men and women who fight for those freedoms. As Chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, Randy is one of the nation’s most forceful advocates for a strong national defense. He is recognized across the country as a champion for our active duty warfighters, our veterans, and their families. As a result of his dedicated efforts, Chairman Forbes is one of the few individuals to be honored with the highest civilian awards offered by both the United States Army and the United States Navy.

In addition to his work on national defense, Randy is bipartisan champion of job growth and small businesses. He believes that bureaucrats don't create jobs, small businesses do -- and Washington needs to get out of the way. Consequently, Congressman Forbes has pushed for cutting pointless regulations that cripple job creators, and abolishing the current, overly complex tax code and starting over with a simpler, steadier, fairer system.

Rejecting typical Washington political rhetoric, Randy prefers solutions over soundbites and known for his commonsense-style leadership in tackling issues from economic growth to tax reform to government spending. Named “Hero of Taxpayers” and “Guardian of Small Business,” he is one of only 17 out of 435 Members of Congress to vote against all stimulus and bailout packages under both Presidents Bush and Obama. He has introduced legislation tying Members of Congress' salaries to government spending -- so the more they spend, the less they make. Randy has worked aggressively towards cutting back on duplicative government programs, balancing the budget, and reining in the national debt. As a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he formerly served as Ranking Member of the Crime Subcommittee, Randy can often be found leading the debate on national issues like securing the border, ending the conversation on amnesty, and increasing accountability for the Administration and other Washington officials.

While his legislative proposals have received significant national attention, Randy places a high-priority on partnering with community leaders and officials to bring about greater economic prosperity, increased educational opportunities, and improved local infrastructure for the Fourth District. As the Richmond Times Dispatch once noted, Randy has “earned a reputation for constituent service” for his unparalleled constituent communications ability to cut through red tape.

Randy began his career in private law practice, ultimately becoming a partner in the largest law firm in southeastern Virginia. From 1989-2001, he served the Commonwealth of Virginia in the General Assembly.

A typical Sunday morning will find Randy either on one of the pews of Great Bridge Baptist Church with his wife Shirley by his side or in a classroom, teaching the adult Sunday School class he has enjoyed leading for 20 years. Randy and Shirley have four children and three grandchildren, which Randy personally regards as his greatest achievement.

Industry Keynote Speaker

Mr. Douglas Wagoner, Sector President, SAIC

Douglas Wagoner

Doug Wagoner was named SAIC Sector President in October 2013. He is responsible for the deployment of employees, technology development, and thought leadership for programs and business development efforts. Doug oversees the efforts of employees who perform network integration, emerging IT solutions and managed services, software/hardware integration, mission systems engineering and technical assistance, logistics and supply chain, and training and simulation for the U.S. government, state/local, and commercial customers.

Prior to his appointment, he managed the Project Management Office for Project Gemini, the effort that separated SAIC into two companies. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, Project Gemini required the design, planning, and implementation to divide an $11 billion highly integrated company with 38,000 employees into two publicly held companies with unique strategic intents. In the process, he identified and helped lead the reduction of more than $400 million in costs.

Doug joined SAIC in 2007, and previously was responsible for the leadership of the company’s Homeland and Civilian Solutions business unit. He also managed SAIC's state, local and commercial IT business.

Prior to joining SAIC, Doug served as senior vice president of Data Systems Analysts, where he was responsible for the establishment of strategic direction, development of annual operating and sales plans, and leading business development and line operations. In addition, Doug was a vice president at Choice Point (Lexis Nexis), responsible for starting their public sector practice, and worked in line leadership, business development and finance for EDS (HP).

Doug has been honored by Federal Computer Week with a Fed100 Award in recognition for his work in reforming the security clearance process. He is a four-year Board Member, and Deputy Chairman, of the USO-Metro, where he is responsible for oversight and strategic direction of USO Metro's executive leadership. He also serves on several advisory boards to Virginia Tech including Chairman of the VT-SERGE committee.

Doug earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary, and his MBA from Virginia Tech. He is fluent in Spanish.

Opening Remarks: Video Presentation

Senator Mark Warner, US Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia

Senator Mark Warner

Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Intelligence committees. During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country's debt and deficit.

From 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia. When he left office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.

The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office. An early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs.

The Simulation Century: Force of the Future

This is our fourth annual session to address the growing issue of managing the human/ machine interface as we hurtle towards the Singularity. We will continue our discussion of how to achieve fluency with smarter simulations, achieving the right blend of man and machine to optimize outcomes. The Simulation Century Panel presentations will focus on the growing importance of simulation in a wide variety of fields from healthcare and education to government and military. These brief, high impact presentations will envision how 21st century simulation will shape humanity’s future.

Moderator: Mr. Richard Boyd, CEO, SZL.IT


  • Mr. Richard Boyd, CEO, SZL.IT, “The Force of the Future: Man vs. Machine”
  • Mr. Kevin Clark, President, Content Evolution, “Choiceflow – Matching People with Automated Work Opportunities”
  • Mr. Miles Palmer, Co-Founder, 8Rivers Capital, “The Transparent Society and the Force of the Future”
  • Mr. David Pickering, Vice President, USFalcon, “Simulation, Security and the Force of the Future”
  • Dr. Sae Schatz, Director, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative, “Lifelong Learning in the Force of the Future”
  • Mr. Bryan Setser, Partner, 2Revolutions, “Creating a Culture of Innovation and Practice for MODSIM in K-26 Education”

Senior Leader Panel: Emerging Gaps and Innovations

Senior leaders within both Government and Industry will share the role that M&S has in their organizations, their perspective on the issues and impact of M&S, and discuss gaps that M&S can fill in the future. Following the opportunity to hear their insights, attendees will be able to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the issues facing these leaders; issues that M&S technology transformation can potentially address.

Moderator: RADM James Robb, USN (Ret), President, NTSA


  • Mr. Frank Digiovanni, Director, Force Readiness and Training (OSD P&R)
  • Ms. Renee Forney, Executive Director, DHS Cyberskills Management Support Initiative
  • Dr. Kurt Kendall, VP Consumer Data and Analytics, Under Armour
  • Dr. Pamela Andreatta, Immediate Past President, Society for Simulation Healthcare

Technology Showcase

MODSIM World 2016 will once again feature the Technology Showcase. This event allows attendees to learn about the latest technologies and tools being developed by M&S companies first hand. During the showcase, M&S industry leaders will speak to the audience about the technologies on display in their booths. The event allows attendees to experience the wide variety of M&S companies who participate annually in the MODSIM World conference, and to better understand the state of the art technology in the field. The event is also an excellent networking opportunity for vendors and attendees to connect over shared interest in the products on display.

This year as part of the event, there will be a demonstration of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) M&S capabilities, sponsored by the Virginia M&S Partnership, that describe the huge potential of government, industry, academia collaboration in virtual/simulation environments to promote, expand, and implement robust commercialization of UAS.

The event format will feature individual, moderated, presentation and Q&A time for each participating industry. The moderator will then open the floor to attendee questions to further explore the products on display. After each company completes their presentation, the moderator will direct the audience to the next booth to continue the event. The Technology Showcase will occur on Wednesday April 27 on the show floor in front of each vendor’s booth.

Technology Showcase Moderator: Mr. Nick Drucker, Modeling & Simulation Product Manager, Newport News Shipbuilding

UAS Demonstration Moderator: Mr. Richard J. Severinghaus, Owner and Director, CRTN Solutions, LLC

Cognitive Considerations for Decision Makers Panel

Decision makers, like all of us, take mental shortcuts when they are pressed for time. If you, as a data scientist, can’t provide a good story, they will make up their own. Using real world examples, this panel will focus on strategies to make date more relevant and concrete for decision makers.


  • Dr. Candace Eshelman-Haynes, Technology and Human Factors Branch, NATO Allied Command Transformation
  • Mr. Jay Gendron, Associate Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Ms. Melissa Schoenbaum, Biological Scientist, USDA-CEAH-Monitoring and Modeling Unit

Innovation in Action: Real Applications of Emerging Learning Science & Technology

Learning Science doesn't stop at the theory stage, or at the initial development of techniques and application of measurements to assess impact. For learning science to have a meaningful application, it must be integrated into new technologies during the development process, not just added on as a 'good idea' later. This panel will feature thought leaders and technology developers who are actively applying Learning Science principles to new learning technologies. They will discuss the learning science that underpins their technologies, and provide a demo of each system, spanning from new concepts for learning management systems to models for supporting interactive tutors.

Moderator: Dr. Sae Schatz, Director, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative


  • Dr. Michael Freed, Program Director, Artificial Intelligence Center, SRI International
  • Mr. Mark Torpey, Principal Investigator, Virtual Worlds Lab, Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems and Training (MST), Advanced Simulation Centers (ASC)
  • Mr. Steven Vergenz, Software Engineer, ADL Initiative
  • Dr. J.T. Folsom-Kovarik, Lead Scientist, Soar Technology

Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Commercial Airspace: Opening New Chapters in Real & Virtual Environments

On 30 December 2013, the FAA designated six Test Ranges to support the safe and efficient integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Air Space, both civil and public. Today’s panelists, each with deep involvement in promoting Unmanned Aerial Systems, and more generally Unmanned Systems (UMS) of all types (air, surface, maritime), will address aspects of the challenges in, and the opportunity and potential for, creation of the broad-reaching economic and social benefits that will come from commercialization of UAS.

Moderator: Mr. Richard J. Severinghaus, Owner and Director, CRTN Solutions, LLC


  • Mr. David Hinton, Special Advisor for UMS, Commonwealth of Virginia, and Executive Director, Virginia Unmanned Systems Commission
  • Dr. Seshadri Subbanna, Director, Innovation and Technology Evaluation, IBM Corporate HQ, T.J. Watson Research Center
  • Mr. John Coggin, Chief Engineer, VT Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS) and Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)
  • Mr. Brad Pilsl, Business Development Lead, Booz Allen Hamilton

“Better Living through Simulation” Panel

During this two-hour workshop, led by our panel, we will discuss how modeling and simulation (M&S) is being leveraged in the areas of education and training, data analytics, and delivery of care within the healthcare and human factors sector. Current trends and future directions will be presented and discussed to help learners better understand how M&S and related technologies might be leveraged within these sectors.

Moderator: Mr. Andrew Cross, Instructor, Eastern Virginia Medical School


  • CDR Michael Spooner, USN, Director Healthcare Simulation and Bioskills Training Center (HSBTC), Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

  • Dr. Don Robinson, Instructional Designer, Eastern Virginia Medical School

  • Mr. Geoff Miller, Research Scientist, Medical Modeling and Simulation Innovation Center (MMSIC), Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC)

“Got Grid?” Workshop

This workshop will be the culmination of a month-long virtual event that combines an online game, an Internet think tank, and a virtual brainstorming session. The game will focus on specific ways that modeling and simulation can be applied to increase antifragility of our critical infrastructure—with a focus on power generation and distribution—in the event of a potentially catastrophic event resulting from a series of cyber-attacks. During the workshop, participants will see the culmination of ideas, and use those to formulate an action plan to engage agencies and the M&S community.

If you are willing to participate in the MODSIM World 2016 mmowgli (massively multiplayer online war game leveraging the internet), please click here to signup!


  • Dr. Mark Nesselrode, Modeling and Simulation, Subject Matter Expert for Training and Simulation Solutions Division, General Dynamics

  • Mrs. Janet Spruill, Vice President, Training and Simulation for Hickory Ground Solutions, LLC

“Lifelong Learning” Workshop

In conjunction with the Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Lab, join us for a facilitated workshop focused on generating your requirements to support lifelong adult learning, whether from the perspective of your users, your organization, or your client's needs. Come prepared to discuss gaps you've experienced, potential emerging science and technology solutions, and join into this highly interactive session. By the end of this workshop, you'll have a list of top requirements to facilitating lifelong adult learning, sourced from the best SMEs of government, academia and industry.

Moderator: Dr. Sae Schatz, Director, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative

“Special Delivery” Panel

The special delivery panel will discuss the application of modeling, simulation and analytics as it apply’s to the manufacturing and supply chain business sectors. The panel will address items such as how modeling and simulation can be utilized to forecast demand for manufacturers and likewise manufacturing simulation can communicate supply performance. The panel with address technologies such as additive manufacturing, digital engineering and predictive analytics applications within the manufacturing supply chain.

Moderator: Mr. Rob Lisle, Director, Program Integration, SN3 - Stoller Newport News Nuclear


  • Ms. Kirste Webb, Director, Visionary Center for Sustainable Communities (VCSC)

  • Mr. Rex Wallen, Product Manager-Industrial Engineering, Newport News Shipbuilding

  • Mr. Ilyas Ustun, Predictive analytics, Intermodal Transportation

  • Mr. Reejo Mathew, GE Industrial Digital

“Protecting the Nation” Panel

In this panel participants will provide an overview of their Modeling and Simulation organizations, investments, and initiatives. The moderated panel discussion will highlight challenges and opportunities related to cyber defense, information sharing, cap ability development and acquisition.

Moderator: Dr. Marty Irvine, Head, Readiness & Training Systems Department (R) NSWC Dahlgren Division


  • Mr. Wayne Buck, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT)

  • Dr. Syed Mohammad, HQ, DHS, S&T, CDS ORA

  • Mr. Dennis Reed, Deputy Naval M&S Executive

Modeling and Simulation Coalition (NMSC) Workshop: Building the Business Case for NAICS

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the Federal standard for collecting statistical data across U.S. business sectors. The Industrial Development and Business Practice (ID&BP) sub-committee is focused on policies and business practices that are most relevant to further the use of M&S technologies and connect organizations using, developing, and integrating M&S across content domains. ID&BP has engaged in a four-year plan to identify why a NAICS code for M&S will provide better statistical data related to the U.S. economy, socialize our findings with the technology community and policymakers, and produce a compelling proposal to add a NAICS code for M&S in the next NAICS update cycle. This workshop will kick off this year’s effort with the goal of identifying a compelling case for a NAICS code for M&S. Objectives for this workshop include identifying stakeholders, influencers, and relevant science and technology, industry, and community organizations; articulating win themes; and planning a series of working group meetings throughout the upcoming year.

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