Lifelong Learning Imperative for Engineering Professionals 2011
In September 2011, engineers and executives from various industries, educators, policymakers, and representatives of professional societies and the government came together for a workshop in Washington, DC to strategize about a national framework for lifelong learning (LL) in the engineering profession. The session was organized by the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Barry Lawson Associates served as facilitators for the workshop and report writers with a team for four facilitators and four note takers.
Barre Opera House Retreat 2011
In the spring of 2010, Barry Lawson Associates facilitated a retreat for the Board of Trustees and staff of the Barre Opera Houe to begin work on an organizational strategic plan. Barry served as retreat facilitator and set the stage for the session by suggesting how to view the plan, how it can be structured, and how it can be used to improve both the long- and short-term functioning of the Opera House. Lawson stressed the value of teamwork among and between staff and Board members. This meant open discussion with an aim to seeking consensus on the mission of the organization, priority issues, and steps required to develop and implement the strategy.
Lynn House of Potomac Valley, Inc. Retreat 2010
In the spring of 2010, was Barry Lawson of Barry Lawson Associates facilitated a retreat at Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginiafor the Board and staff of Lynn House of Potomac Valley, Inc. The purpose of the retreat was to develop a foundation for a strategic plan for the nursing care organization - an ambitious goal, yet one that promised to set an important direction for the organization. A secondary purpose was to enhance teamwork at Lynn House; several aspects of the retreat were concerned with analyzing and discussing important team characteristics from the perspectives of the Board members and staff.
Tucson Regional Transit System Plan 2010
In January 2010, Barry Lawson Associates facilitated a gathering of local elected officials and the heads of their technical staffs to discuss major issues to be considered before they can make a decision on whether to develop a regional transit plan. Several metropolitan areas in the country have recently “gone regional”, and Tucson region officials are considering a similar step.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – Challenges to Innovation in Advanced Manufacturing 2009
In November 2009 NIST’s Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory sponsored a national workshop bringing industrial leaders together to identify opportunities for and challenges to innovation in U.S. manufacturing. A major focus of the workshop was the measurements- and standards-related R&D needs required to enable these innovations.
Minerals Management Service – Status of Marine Mammal Acoustical Monitoring and Mitigation Systems 2009
The Mineral Management Service of the U.S. Department of Interior sponsored a November 2009 international workshop to explore the current status of hardware and software in use for identifying, monitoring and protecting marine mammals at risk by such ocean activities as seismic surveys, undersea drilling and pile driving to anchor offshore wind energy facilities.
Upper Connecticut River Watershed Project 2003-2009
Barry Lawson served as project manager for the development of an atlas for the Connecticut River Watershed in New Hampshire and Vermont, entitled “Where the Great River Rises”. The University Press of New England published this 260-page book.
Edited by Rebecca Brown, the atlas consists of 36 chapters in eight parts from physical landscape and ecological systems to historical, economic, and cultural development. Lawson also co-authored three of the chapters.
Indian Point (NY) Power Plant Independent Safety Review Panel 2008
In April 2008 the Indian Point Independent Safety Review Panel held two public meetings to introduce Panel members and explain their upcoming work in conducting an Independent Safety Evaluation (ISE).
National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Complex Transformation 2006-2008
The U. S. Department of Energy’s NNSA has begun the development of a Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the possible transformation of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex.