Welcome to the GEN Keith Memorial Capstone Conference Site

Hello from the Department of Systems Engineering (DSE) at West Point!

   Thank you for your interest in the 2023 General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Conference (GDRKMCC-23). This capstone conference is a forum for undergraduate students of systems engineering, engineering management, and related disciplines to present their capstone work to professionals, scholars, clients, and fellow students from other colleges and universities. The conference invites and attracts undergraduates to compete for conference presentation awards along with cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point. This is a regional conference of the Society for Industrial and Systems Engineering (SISE), which published the conference proceedings. Top papers are also published in the Society's scholarly journal, the Industrial and Systems Engineering Review.
   The 2023 General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Conference will be held in person at the United States Military Academy on 4 May 2023. Authors' with accepted papers will present in one of the following tracks: Decision Analysis, Modeling and Simulation, Modeling and Simulation for Defense Applications, Process Modeling and Analysis, Project and Engineering Management, Systems Design, Systems Design for Defense Applications, General Engineering, and Honors (designated for West Point Cadet honors thesis research). Each conference track will include a panel of professional judges from industry and academia.
   We welcome papers that describe the authors' work in a senior capstone project in the fields of systems or industrial engineering, engineering management, systems and decision sciences, data science, or operations research, with special emphasis on novel approaches, new discoveries, and innovative applications. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The faculty advisor should be included as the last author and plan to attend the conference. Papers must be no more than six pages long and follow the SISE format. The paper submission date is 28 March 2023; because of the tight timeline late submissions cannot be accepted. Papers will be reviewed by two anonymous faculty members and returned with comments to the authors by 11 April 2023. A final revised paper is due by 21 April 2023. Papers accepted after a final review will appear in the conference proceedings.

2023 Conference Deadlines

  • Papers due:                                     28 March 2023
  • Reviews back to authors:        11 April 2023
  • Registration deadline:               19 April 2023
  • Final papers due:                          21 April 2023
  • Capstone Conference:                4 May 2023

Conference Documents for Authors
Students may submit papers using the GDRKMCC-23 Paper Format or LaTeX template [link]. Please review the instruction for authors document [link] for helpful information for submitting a quality research paper.


Conference Paper Submission Portal
Conference Paper Submission Portal

Paper Submission Instructions
 

Conference Registration
All authors planning on attending the conference must register by 19 April 2023. Conference registration [link].

Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms have been reserved at the following:

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites West Point – Fort Montgomery, 1106 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery, NY, 10922, 845-446-4277
  • Hampton Inn by Hilton Harriman Woodbury, 60 Centre Drive, Central Valley, NY 10917, 845-782-9600
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Newburgh-Stewart Airport 180 Breunig Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553, 845-567-2700 
  • Courtyard by Marriott Newburgh-Stewart Airport, 4 Governor Drive, Newburgh, NY 12550, 845-567-4800
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Newburgh Stewart Airport 1 Crossroads Ct, Newburgh, 845-567-9100
     

Visitor Requirements
All attendees without a valid DoD ID card must report to the Visitor Control Center in order to obtain a background check to enter West Point. After completing the background check, you will be issued a West Point Local Area Credential which will authorize you to enter the installation. Registered conference attendees will have the option of providing required identification information no later than 1 April 2023 in order to obtain visitor passes prior to arrival. COL Thompson will coordinate with pre-screened visitors to issue visitor passes upon arrival.
The Visitor Control Center is located approximately 1/4 mile outside the Thayer Gate at 2107 New South Post Rd, West Point, NY. The hours of operation are 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. Please visit the West Point Garrison, Visit Us page for additional visitor information. 

2022 Conference Awardees

2022 General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Conference Awardees

 

Decision Analysis Track
Design of an Inter-Regional Transportation Planning Decision Support Tool
Adam Abu-Jamous, Yoseph Attai, Basma Elqadri, and Habiba Salad
George Mason University

General Engineering Track
Developing Requirements to Validate Autonomous Ground Vehicle Simulations
James Cox, Shae DeRosier, Aaron Howell, Jaxon Jones, and Brandon Thompson
United States Military Academy

Honors Track
Utilizing Machine Learning Models to Predict Success in Special Operations Assessment
Anna Vinnedge, Blake Schwartz, Daniel Baller, and Elise Dykhuis
United States Military Academy

Modeling and Simulation Track
Optimization of Collaborative Autonomous Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)
Austin Patel, Joseph Bruce, Michael Kaminski, and William Allen
United States Air Force Academy

Modeling and Simulation for Defense Applications Track
Fire Support Next
Jack Bordes, Kyle Doody, John Feeney, Kyle Hamrock, Collin Riechman, and Benjamin Morales
United States Military Academy

Project and Engineering Management Track
Engineering and Project Management of Steel Bridge Construction
Mark Sallot, Morgan Ernst, and Nathan Hedgecock
United States Military Academy

Process Modeling and Analysis Track
Kaizen for Footprint Reduction and Process Flow Improvement at Great Plains Industries
Joyce Chiam, Anh Kieu, and Channing Kimble
Wichita State University

Systems Design Track
Measuring the Return on Investment for AFRICOM's African Enlisted Soldier Development Efforts III
Brenna Bulman, David Lee, Matthew McNamera, Cody Quelland, Brenden Stanton, and Matthew Dabkowski
United States Military Academy

Systems Design for Defense Applications Track
Quantifying a State's Reputation in the Strategic Competition and Crisis Wargame for the Center for Army Analysis
Luke Braun, Eric Celaya, Nestor Grubb, John Tichenor, Matthew McClary, and Rich Morales
United States Military Academy

The Hollis Award
An Investigation of Search Algorithms for Aerial Reconnaissance of an Area Target
Rory Blankenship, James Bluman, and Josiah Steckenrider
United States Military Academy

SISE Best Paper
Identifying Potential Supply Chain Bottlenecks Within the Ammunition Manufacturing Process for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle
David Lee and Vikram Mittal
United States Military Academy

SISE Second Best Paper
An Investigation of Search Algorithms for Aerial Reconnaissance of an Area Target
Rory Blankenship, James Bluman, and Josiah Steckenrider
United States Military Academy

SISE Third Best Paper
Developing Requirements to Validate Autonomous Ground Vehicle Simulations
James Cox, Shae DeRosier, Aaron Howell, Jaxon Jones, and Brandon Thompson
United States Military Academy

Conference Subject Area Presentation Schedule

Conference tracks (subject area). 

Decision Analysis (DA)

  • Projects that evaluate complex non-repetitive decision opportunities by examining values, uncertain variables, preferences, and alternatives

Modeling and Simulation (MS): 

  • Modeling methods and applications for representing static or dynamic characteristics of systems in order to support effective systems design or improvement.

Modeling and Simulation for Defense Applications (MSDA): 

  • Modeling methods and applications for representing static or dynamic characteristics of systems in order to support effective systems design or improvement, specifically for military applications.

Process Modeling and Analysis (PMA): 

  • Projects that use methods and applications addressing the modeling of partially ordered activities to achieve a goal for systems existing in the real world (process analysis) or not (processing engineering), to support effective design or systems improvement.

Project and Engineering Management (PEM): 

  • Applications of engineering principles to operations, project management, and business practice. Presentations include engineering surrounding product development, manufacturing, construction design engineering, industrial engineering, technology, production, or any other field that employs personnel who perform an engineering function.

Systems Design (SD): 

  • Projects from engineering and problem solving that feature significant levels of systems design. This includes notable examples of requirements specification, functional analysis, systems architecture, model-based systems engineering, or the use of modeling and simulation in the design process.

Systems Design for Defense Applications (SDDA): 

  • Defense-related projects that feature significant levels of systems design. This includes notable examples of requirements specification, functional analysis, systems architecture, model-based systems engineering, or the use of modeling and simulation in the design process.

General Engineering (GE): 

  • Projects that apply general engineering principles and processes to meeting operational needs and solving problems. Emphasis is on correctly defining requirements and then applying engineering principles to solve them.

Honors (H): 

  • Research performed in the pursuit of an honors degree at the United States Military Academy. This includes a presentation by a single cadet as well as review of an honors thesis.

Hollis Award: 

  • Presenters in this track will compete for the coveted Hollis Award for excellence in Operations Research. All submitted papers will be evaluated for the opportunity to compete for the Hollis Award.

Conference Papers by Study Area

This is a regional conference of the Society for Industrial and Systems Engineering.  Papers and abstracts are published in the conference proceedings at the link below:

About the Conference

 

The General Donald R. Keith Memorial Capstone Conference (GDRKMCC-23) is a forum for undergraduate students of systems engineering and related disciplines to present their capstone work to professionals, scholars, clients, and fellow students from other colleges and universities. The conference invites and attracts undergraduates to compete for conference presentation awards along with cadets from the Department of Systems Engineering at the United States Military Academy. This is a regional conference of the Society for Industrial and Systems Engineering (SISE), which publishes the conference proceedings. Top papers are also published in the Society's scholarly journal, the Industrial and Systems Engineering Review.

 

Conference Point of Contact

Colonel Brandon Thompson

brandon.thompson@westpoint.edu