Student-Driven Blog

Where Engineering and Chemistry Intersect for Global Impact

The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity's Global Development Lab has been hard at work over this summer semester. Fellows, faculty, and industry professionals have been working to create meaningful solutions to promote a resilient humanity, addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and challenges. One collaborative interdisciplinary team is lead by to Fellows, Dr. David [...]

2020-08-03T22:12:36+00:00 August 3rd, 2020|

Common Challenges Faced by Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs are key to directly addressing social needs in under-resourced communities. But early-stage social enterprises face momentous obstacles. The single largest obstacle is, of course, access to funding. As the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors points out, “For philanthropists accustomed to more traditional grantees, funding social enterprises can feel like entering uncharted territory. Donors might find [...]

2020-08-03T20:56:12+00:00 August 3rd, 2020|

Social Entrepreneurs: Stories of Resilience

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES INNOVATING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19: It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted businesses and social entrepreneurs around the world. We have collected three stories of resilience about innovative social enterprises that have successfully adapted their business models during this time of crisis. The worst of times can bring out [...]

2020-07-28T21:25:36+00:00 July 28th, 2020|

Moments that Matter

The Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center is working toward improving engagement with veteran women entrepreneurs through a series of national focus groups in 2020. The data from the focus groups will help business development and support providers across our nation improve how they engage women veteran entrepreneurs. The purpose is to gather data to advocate for [...]

2020-07-30T19:15:35+00:00 July 28th, 2020|

Meet Izzah Zaheer

Izzah Zaheer is a rising junior at Southern Methodist University working toward a BS in Political Science and minors in Public Policy & International Affairs and French. She serves as the Risk Management Chair for the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and as a Resident Assistant in Mary Hay, Peyton, and Shuttles residential commons. Izzah [...]

2020-07-22T21:50:13+00:00 July 22nd, 2020|

Meet Madison Rodriguez

Madison Rodriguez is a rising senior at Southern Methodist University working toward an BA in Civil Engineering. She serves as the Chief of Staff for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and as an active member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Madison has [...]

2020-07-29T16:27:21+00:00 July 22nd, 2020|

Filling the Gap for Seismic Protection

Image from Volcano Discovery Peru is located in a seismic zone where the South American Plate moves toward the sea over the Nazca Plate causing earthquakes as a result of the thrust faulting on the interface of the two plates. The lack of expensive safe and equitable urban development creates a disparity with [...]

2020-07-21T18:42:38+00:00 July 21st, 2020|

Sustainable Food Systems

Figure 1: From eatforum.org The Hunt Institute’s Social Enterprise Program is a social enterprise incubator focused on developing and improving food systems in Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and across the globe. According to Harvard School of Public Health, food system is defined as “all the elements and activities that relate to production, processing, distribution, [...]

2020-07-22T21:45:28+00:00 July 20th, 2020|

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

In his article “The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship”, Greg Dees, co-founder of Duke Fuqua’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), defines social entrepreneurs as “change agents in the social sector”. Furthermore, he outlines 5 characteristics that social entrepreneurs exhibit: "Adopting a mission to create and sustain social value (not just private value),  Recognizing [...]

2020-07-15T19:33:03+00:00 July 15th, 2020|

Meet Owen Lynch, Co-Founder of Restorative Farms

Dallas has one of the largest food deserts in the country and is also one of the most-at-risk cities for food supply disruption. This makes Dallas the perfect location to launch a coalition like Restorative Farms which was co-founded by Dr. Owen Lynch, a Hunt Institute Senior Fellow and SMU professor. Restorative Farms was started [...]

2020-07-14T14:32:43+00:00 July 7th, 2020|