Test & Evaluation Using Modeling & Simulation

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This TEREC short course reviews basics of test and evaluation (T&E) and modeling and simulation (M&S). T&E is presented as part of the new product development cycle. Modeling and simulation basics include discussions of model construction, model taxonomy, the availability of M&S resources, and model verification, validation, and accreditation. Examples of traditional applications of M&S to T&E are examined. The development of new applications to streamline the product development and T&E processes are discussed, along with their effects on T&E, M&S, and their relationships.

This course is intended as an introduction to M&S applications to T&E for technical and management personnel. It provides an overview of the broad range M&S applications by examples from many T&E programs. Upon completion of this course, the student should understand the range of M&S applications to T&E, how to select and accredit M&S for T&E application, and where to find resources to aid in the process.

Course materials include a student notebook, and instructional methods are based on lectures from briefing charts and videos. This course has been offered as a contract course with closed enrollment and as a public offering with open enrollment.


George A. (Fred) Wright received the B.S. degree in 1986 from Memphis State University, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1987 and 1996, respectively, from Georgia Institute of Technology, each in electrical engineering. In 1987, Dr. Wright joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute w here he has worked in radar, electronic receiver signal processing, and electronic defense. He currently heads the Integrated Effectiveness Branch within the Electronics Systems Laboratory. The focus of his work is on modeling and simulation of electronic warfare systems to support acquisition and testing.

Ms. Dana Stocks serves as the Director of Education and Training for the Georgia Tech Test & Evaluation Research and Education Center (TEREC). She has been heavily involved in modeling and simulation (M&S) as it applies to T&E and has taught multiple short courses on this subject. She served as software lead for the development of the MARION tool while under contact with the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. She performed an accreditation study for a T&E application of M&S for the Army Operational Test and Evaluation Command and helped produce a handbook on target location system T&E. She received her BS in 1981 from Auburn University and her MS in 1984, both in Mathematics. She has been a Research Scientist at the Georgia Institute of Technology since 1990.

Continuing Education Credit

This program meets the criteria for the nationally accepted Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Each participant successfully completing this 2 day course will earn 1.4 CEUs. Students who have already taken this course will be “grandfathered” so that this course will be counted as a required class for the TEREC Test & Evaluation Certificate, and they will not necessarily have to take the new core course Scientific Principles of Test and Evaluation.

Schedule and Fees

This class is not currently scheduled after the October 2011 offering. Persons interested in taking the class may email their interest to Dr. Steven Gordon. When enough interest is shown, we will schedule the course and contact interested parties, and the course can be offered as a contract course at any location.

Course Last Offered

October 4-6, 2011, Atlanta, GA

Last Updated June 12, 2012