Because the design incorporated such an intricate array of audio and video, Diversified utilized components from many different manufacturers, including: Panasonic and Samsung (for video flatpanel display and projection), Crestron (for control systems), Extron (for control, video systems, and computer/laptop input support), Biamp (for audio systems), and Tandberg (now Cisco, for videoconferencing).
Notable usage of the space was by those who participated in the MBA Internship Project in Shanghai. Facilitated by Nagesh Murthy, Associate Professor of Decision Sciences, this project comprised an intense summer internship for two MBA and two undergraduate students in the area of supply chain management at Spraying Systems Company in Shanghai, China. The BRI’s videoconferencing capabilities were critical for introductions, objective setting, and other important preliminary work with the Head of Asia Pacific Division and his team of senior management. The ability for students and sponsoring managers to engage via videoconferences was integral to the project. When students arrived in Shanghai for their eight-week internship, they were ready to hit the ground running. The project was expedited and efficient due to the type of work that could be done in the BRI prior to the group arriving in China. “It is not an oversimplification to say that this internship would not have been possible, but for the availability of this technology to facilitate near face-to-face interactions,” Murthy says. “We absolutely could not have done the project without the BRI.”
The BRI’s AV capabilities foster these types of international business relationships—as well as those locally—and ignite a passion for research and learning in students. In this educational and professional environment, cutting-edge audio/video shines as the centerpiece technology that makes it all possible.