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Summer Field Program - August 8 - 13, 2005

2005 EMFI Trip Summary
(Excellent=A=4.0; Very Good=B=3.0; Average=C=2.0)


A. Technical Content of the Field Experience

Content

Range of topics

Pace

Opportunity to acquire detailed information

Opportunity for discussion w/ speakers

Opportunity for interaction w/ participants

3.64

3.52

3.53

3.87

4.00

4.02

B. Field Guide

Content

Length

Illustrations

Clarity

Reference value

3.78

3.91

3.40

3.81

3.79

C. Logistics

Organization

Lodging

Food

Transportation

3.97

3.41

2.95

3.86

D. EMFI Staff

Helpful

Cooperative

Knowledgeable

4.09

4.06

3.99

E. Value of Field Experience

Professional Value

Educational Value

Enjoyable

3.61

3.97

4.04

F. Overall Evaluation of the Field Program - 3.77


Participants' Comments

1) In your opinion, what were the most significant strengths of the Program?

  • Very comprehensive coverage of topics.
  • The technical information.
  • Excellent overview of engineering and environmental aspects.
  • Diversity of the sites visited.
  • John Rold's commentary was excellent.
  • The unique group of people and their various backgrounds.
  • The diverse group [or participants] really added to the experience.
  • The networking opportunities were unparalleled.
  • "Unofficial" social interaction.
  • Great people; wonderful exchange.
  • The "communicators" were great.

2) In your opinion, what were the most significant weaknesses of the Program?

  • Long PowerPoint® presentations; PowerPoint® overkill.
  • Could have used a bit more lecture & discussion.
  • Lack of diversity of perspectives (more about environmental/community issues).
  • Little was gained from group critiques - would favor voluntary group participation to discuss topics, issues, procedures, etc.; need some formal within-group discussion.
  • Pace was a bit hurried at times.
  • Double rooms.
  • Schedule kills two weekends.

3) Any additional comments?

  • Address broader policy issues.
  • Expand beyond energy focus.
  • Would recommend a better general overview of the energy situation.
  • Would prefer more pro/con approach.
  • Would prefer more nights "on our own;" a little more free time would be good.
  • Good balance of fun and learning.
  • Would prefer single rooms for "down time" and privacy.
  • Mixed feelings on sharing rooms.
  • Flawless organization/implementation.
  • Extremely well organized - designed to make things simple for participants.
  • Wonderful, helpful staff.
  • Great people who put together a first class experience.
  • Staff was superlative! Many thanks for the above-and-beyond attitudes and program.
  • Wonderful experience - will recommend to my colleagues.

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