Operational research Society

An agriculturalist’s perspective on Operational Research

I was invited by my professional society “The Operational Research Society” to go to a school and spend some time teaching a simple case study and talking about my career.

Firstly all the student were introduced to the profession of Operational Research using one of the Youtubes  from the OR Society channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/LearnAboutOR

I choose the “swedebuild” case study that introduces the important method of Linear programming.

Lego tables and chairs for swedebuild
Lego tables and chairs for swedebuild

http://www.learnaboutor.co.uk/teachers_materials/teachers_tableschairs.htm. The student use two types of lego brick to design tables and chairs and have to work out the most profitable way to use their bricks. Using graph paper they can solve the graphical linear programme of two decision variables (no. tables, no. chairs)

I assembled a power point on slide share for my career talk. I’ve used the notes to contain my speech script

An agriculturalist’s operational research career perspective from Daniel Sandars

Let me conclude with three quotes for the great educator Sir Ken Robinson.

“Never underestimate the vital importance of finding early in life the work that for you is play. This turns possible underachievers into happy warriors.”― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

“The Element is about discovering your self, and you can’t do this if you’re trapped in a com pulsion to conform. You can’t be yourself in a swarm.”― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

The element is where your interests and abilities can converge

“What you do for yourself dies with you when you leave this world, what you do for others lives on forever.”― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything


I need to work harder at technical talks we were in a low ceiling room with no aide memoire display so it was hard not to look back. To remember and talk though the detail in charts and figures.

Is there away to make cleaner simpler charts that speak for themselves more.

It would help more for my talks to have tactile visual aids to pass around maybe nettle stem, stalk, fibre and lingerie garments.

The class room exercise is a case of practice makes perfect and knowing how to speed up or slow down by adapting to various students abilities.

We should have arrived much earlier to settle into setting and know the staff before hand.

If starting a presentation strong then don’t forget to introduce me in the second part of the intro. It matters for the credibility of the talk.


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