Who we are

2011 results: 
  • you are: half undergraduate, half masters, with a few phds thrown in for sauce :)
  • your areas include (of 34 respondents)
    • CIT (7)
    • Design (11)
    • Art (4)
    • H&SS (2)
    • CS/etc (3)
    • HCI (6)
    • Other (9)
  • Majors include everything from Engineering and public policy to creative writing to art industrial design to electronics and robotics
  • Your skills include:
    • 62% graphic design/visual design 
    • 53% programming (matlab/java/c/c#/embedded systems/hardware/flex/actionscript/python/arduino/python/processing/rails/css/perl/and many more)
    • 41% industrial design/product design 
    • 33% woodwork/metal; engineering 
    • 27% installation/art/sculpture
    • 21% arduino/hardware; education
    • 18% matlab; fabrication
    • less/other ... architecture; life cycle analysis; mapping; behavioral economics; leadership; photography; CAD; korean; sewing; beekeeping; hydroponics; ... 
  • Your programming classmates have done things including: made softwood projects with embedded electronics; built web apps; written a processing fabricator; created games; visualized music; written facial recognition software; written a stock watching application; written a linux kernel module; classified youtube videos by acoustic scene analysis; and written mobile applications. 
  • Your artistic classmates have done things including: implemented a solar micro pump for drip irrigation; managed a green non-profit in india; developed an environmental sensing map for Pittsburgh's live water sensor network; organized major park cleanups; designed instruments for using LiDAR (laser imaging and radar) to measure atmospheric variables; worked on sustainable transportation; founded a non-profit focused on sub-saharan clean water; have been developing a process for creating hybrid systems which layer the poetic and actual agencies of organisms, technologies, and humans; and worked on a project involving campus carbon calculation.
  • Your interests include:
    • 70% work in multidisciplinary groups
    • 65% eco art & design; information visualization
    • 62% use of local resources/recycled materials
    • 47% behaviors & behavior change; sensing environmental impact
    • 44% urban issues
    • 38% lifecycle analysis; online information design; arduino/hardware projects; 
    • less: politics; green IT; citizen science; supply chain management; wind & solar; energy storage
  • Your reasons for taking the course reflect your diverse backgrounds:
    • more hacking tech.!
    • Have content for my portfolio
    • Marketing and promoting environmental ideas and projects
    • a deeper understanding (less cursory, less conventional wisdom) understanding of human behavior and decision making as it relates to environmental issues
    • a freakin' sweet project that addresses environmental decision making in a fun and unique way
    • experience in interdisciplinary projects with students in other majors
    • learn about urban environment issues and ways to address them through design
    • I am looking forward to go outside my comfort zone and learn something different.
    • To learn different ways/forms in which ideas can be expressed in art
    • One aspect of this course that excites me the most is the diversity among students. Not since my freshman seminar classes have I been able to take a class with a wide array of majors, and I miss that kind of collaborative thinking and discussions brought by people with varying backgrounds.
    • i don't really know what to expect, except to be thrown outside of my comfort zone and hopefully finish the course learning lots of valuable material.


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2010 results: Based on the survey results:
  • your majors include: 
    • 8 Human Computer Interaction/Communications Design/Tangible Interaction Design
    • 3 Civil and Environmental Engineers
    • 2 Computer Science
    • 2 Engineers (Materials Science & Engineering/Mechanical Engineering)
    • 2 Art/Architecture
    • 1 Public Policy
    • 1 Chemistry
    • 1 Product Development
  • your skills include:
    • 8 programming
    • 4 LCA 
    • 3 graphic design/visual design
    • 2 installation/art/sculpture
    • 2 woodwork/metalwork
    • 2 industrial design/product design
    • 1 fabrication
    • 1 education
    • 1 engineering
    • 1 architecture/urban planning
    • 1 matlab
    • 1 arduino/other hardware
  • some of your many interests (possible course topics) include:
    • 6 behaviors & behavior change
    • 4 politics 
    • 4 life cycle analysis
    • 3 online information design
    • 3 working in multidisciplinary groups
    • 2 arduino/hardware projects
    • 2 green IT
    • 1 information visualization
    • 1 citizen science
    • 1 use of local resources/recycled materials
    • 1 sensing environmental impact
    • 1 urban issues 
    • 1 supply chain management


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