As part of SMU’s inaugural Engineering & Humanity Week, April 11-14, on the SMU campus, students will live, cook their meals and sleep in temporary shelters designed to house people living in extreme poverty or displaced by war and natural disasters.
Students, faculty and local members of the community will build the “Living Village” on the SMU campus lawn, showcasing structures ranging from standard-issue United Nations tents to the experimental EcoDome (sandbag shelter), which uses wire to stabilize walls constructed of long, earth-filled tubes.
Engineering & Humanity Week focuses on free-market solutions for those living in extreme poverty. Numerous speakers, panels, films and exhibits from around the globe as well as experiential learning opportunities will be featured on campus under the theme “Redefining What’s Possible.”
On Wednesday, April 13, SMU’s Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity will present its inaugural Unbridled Visionary Award to Dean Kamen, the humanitarian inventor behind the Segway human transporter and other technological breakthroughs, including devices helping those in the developing world.
“We are honoring Dean Kamen for his success, his vision and his support in training a new generation of engineers who are committed to meeting the challenges of the developing world,” said Hunter L. Hunt, who with his wife, Stephanie, founded the Hunt Institute to help find solutions to the most pressing problems of the impoverished.
In photo: A cottage made from plastic waste materials, called an Ubuntu Box, is the first Living Village structure erected on campus.