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Contrasting deliverables


Earlier this semester I attended the last Field Research series, which had to do with deliverables.Two professionals from very different fields gave their perspective on the deliverable that their line of work require.

Deliverables (definition) : A project management term for the quantifiable goods or services that will be provided upon the completion of a project. Deliverables can be tangible or intangible parts of the development process, and are often specified functions or characteristics of the project.

One of the panelists was a consultant and an expert in health. He has been working with Geisinger to improve their operations. The other panelist was a visual artist. Deliverables for these panelists varied greatly and it was interesting to see how these professionals approached the deliverable, or final product, of their work. I will point out some of the differences that i found to be most important and interesting.

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3-D Food Printers: A Delicious Solution


“Imports by airplane have a substantial impact on global warming pollution. In 2005, the import of fruits, nuts, and vegetables into California by airplane released more than 70,000 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to more than 12,000 cars on the road.” according to Food Hub. Rather than reducing the impacts of food transportation, with 3-D printing we could eliminate them.

“Imagine being able to essentially ‘grow’, ‘cook’ or prepare foods without the negative industrial impact – everything from fertilizers to saute pans and even packaging,” says Homaro Cantu, chef and owner of the Moto Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, who has printed sushi using an ink jet printer. “You can imagine a 3D printer making homemade apple pie without the need for farming the apples, fertilizing, transporting, refrigerating, packaging, fabricating, cooking, serving and the need for all of the materials in these processes like cars, trucks, pans, coolers, etc,” he adds.

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Establishing Meaningful Client Relationships


The last Action Research panel focused on client relationships in the business and art world. Professor Matt Bailey presented a perspective on clients from a career in information systems and Professor Tulu Bayar presented a perspective on clients from a career as an artist. These two panelists provided very different viewpoints to business relationships than I had previously thought about, as I am not pursuing a career in either area; however, a combination of their perspectives provided an interesting comparison.

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Tales from the Field


I didn’t know what to expect going into the hour-long session on Action Research. The talk featured a panel of three professors from each of the three colleges/schools at Bucknell. Professor of Engineering Kim discussed his work as a trip leader with the Bucknell Brigade and BAP. Professor of Sociology Searles discussed his work leading a class on how to conduct good sociological research. And Professor Orsborn talked about his work with SUNCOM, a non-profit agency that helps people with disabilities.  Continue reading Tales from the Field