Engineering and Humanity

Waste to Energy Broader Impact Report

In the summer of 2020, Harshada Pednekar, at the time pursuing a master's degree in Environmental Engineering at SMU's Lyle School of Engineering, was approached by the Institute's Executive Director, Dr. Eva Csaky, to work on waste to energy research. Amidst the pandemic, Harshada joined the team remotely and immediately hit the ground running on [...]

2021-08-30T20:34:25+00:00 August 30th, 2021|

Summer 2021 Recap

Summer in the Hunt Institute is always an exciting season of transition and growth for our team. Though the summer team is typically smaller with many of our student workers participating in internships or taking summer classes, it was nonetheless encouraging to be able to engage in person with our coworkers after adjusting to a [...]

2021-08-13T19:41:13+00:00 August 13th, 2021|

STEM Up Phase II Goes to Tintinto, The Gambia

Wilkie Stevenson demonstrates the steps outline the process of building the computer cart. Phase II of STEM Up continues to evolve, featuring a Wi-Fi-generating computer cart to be used in combination with the solar power being produced at Tintinto Primary and Secondary School in The Gambia. Wilkie Stevenson, an alumnus of SMU Lyle [...]

2021-09-07T14:40:55+00:00 August 9th, 2021|

HunTalks: The Gambia Energy Project

Mohammed Njie has a mission to bring clean energy to The Gambia. Since his first day at the Hunt Institute, he has been working to make this vision a reality. Mohammed is a senior at Southern Methodist University double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Lyle School of Engineering. He was the [...]

2021-06-21T21:02:26+00:00 June 21st, 2021|

Alejandra Hinojosa

Alejandra Hinojosa is currently pursuing a MA in Sustainability and Development with a specialization in Global Sustainable Design and she is intending to graduate in 2022. Alejandra is involved as a board member of non-profit Promise of Peace. In her spare time, she enjoys film, being outdoors, painting, gardening, and thrifting In her role as [...]

2021-06-23T21:33:55+00:00 May 19th, 2021|

Better Building: Compressed Earth Blocks Report

Image from a compressed earth block project done by Dwell Earth. Dwell Earth’s founder Adam DeJong has a long history of collaboration with Dr. Brett Story, and is a Hunt Institute Associate. For more information, visit their website: https://dwellearth.com/ “Our society as a whole needs to leverage the forces of globalization, technological advancement, [...]

2021-05-17T16:50:58+00:00 May 6th, 2021|

Trees: A Prescription for Dallas

Over the past 100 years, more than a third of the planet’s old-growth forest disappeared. Each year we are losing 4.7 million hectares of forests. This is a problem not only from an environmental but also social and economic perspective. Trees provide important ecosystem services with respect to air quality, climate amelioration, water conservation, soil [...]

2021-07-08T17:40:59+00:00 April 23rd, 2021|

Illuminating Tintinto | Hunt Institute’s Project for SMU Giving Day 2021

Today is SMU Giving Day – the one day of the year for all Mustangs to come together in support of the SMU causes and students we care about most. Giving day is not about how much we each give, it’s about the impact we can make as a collective. The more Mustangs who give, [...]

2021-07-19T20:07:24+00:00 April 13th, 2021|