Research Brown Bag – Fall 2020

The Office for Research and Strategic Partnerships is excited to collaborate with the Center for Teaching and Learning on a new year of research talks from faculty and staff at the Institute. Please join us (virtually) for these informal presentations, followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A session with our speakers. Register via the links below:

10/21/20 12:30-1:30pm

Project Olympus – SEArch+ LLC (Space Exploration Architecture) introduces a design approach to a lunar landing pad

Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman (Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Continuing and Professional Studies)

To ensure the sustainability of a permanent Lunar outpost, the design and construction of Lunar landing and launch pads rank as one of the highest-priority elements of strategic infrastructure to be constructed on the surface of the Moon. SEArch+ LLC’s research and design investigations demonstrate not only the criticality of developing 3D printing technologies enabling horizontal and planar construction of Lunar landing pads, but also indicate that additional research is necessary to develop holistic solutions which mitigate high-velocity dust impacts for a variety of lander types and Lunar outpost configurations.

About Rebeccah:
Professor and Industrial Designer, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, is a co-founding partner in SEArch+ LLC (Space Exploration Architecture) and founder of Interwoven Design Group, LLC. A pioneering researcher in space architecture, wearable technology, smart materials and design methodologies, Rebeccah contributed to numerous publications and has lectured globally. She is the author of Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabrics, released in 2016 by Laurence King Publishers, London and is currently working with a team contributing to NASA’s Artemis program, that will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.

11/18/20 12:30-1:30

The Desegregation Think Tank

Jerrod Delaine (Construction/Facilities Management)

The COVID-19 outbreak in America in the spring of 2020 has disproportionately impacted the black community in America, exposing long-standing vulnerabilities. This impact has shed a long-overdue light on the connection between wealth, health, housing, and race in America. The epidemic itself did not create the disproportions of this disaster; it was created by housing policy installed and uncorrected over generations of American history.

About Jerrod:
Jerrod Delaine is an experienced real estate developer as well as designer and builder. He’s currently a professor at Pratt Institute.





12/9/20 12:30-1:30

Participatory Research and Eating Together Again

Amanda Huynh (Industrial Design)

Social Practice Kitchen is a mobile kitchen, designed to be a site of interdisciplinary investigation across the School of Design. Using food as both a material and tool for communication allows for an exploration on the topics of food waste, cultural impact, community building, social innovation, food security, and service design. This talk will link the Social Practice Kitchen with another on-going project about co-designing together while physically apart.

About Amanda:
Amanda Huynh, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design, Pratt Institute works at the intersections of community-building, social innovation, and sustainable design.


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