Social impact

Biodegradable Plastics Research – Where Engineering & Chemistry Intersect for Broader Impact

In the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity’s Global Development Lab, our interdisciplinary teams made up of students, fellows, faculty, and industry professionals are working to create meaningful solutions to promote resilient humanity, all of which address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Where Engineering & Chemistry Intersect for Broader Impact [...]

2021-10-04T19:33:54+00:00 October 1st, 2021|

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|

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|

2021 Social Enterprise Intrapreneur Cohort Update

In our Social Enterprise program, we believe that intrapreneurship can bring together the best of both worlds: the innovation and dynamism of entrepreneurship, and the resources and market platform of existing organizations. Research has repeatedly demonstrated the benefits of intrapreneurship, and an increasing number of organizations are implementing programs to proactively and intentionally encourage intrapreneurship, especially [...]

2021-06-15T20:29:58+00:00 May 6th, 2021|

Winners of the Kijiji Innovative Sustainable Solutions Design Competition

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity hosted an exhibition featuring the various architectural designs created by 17 teams of 31 students from 3 universities competing for 1st prize in the Kijiji Innovation Sustainable Solutions Design Competition. Students, staff, and faculty of Southern Methodist University were invited to view the [...]

2021-09-13T23:26:14+00:00 April 25th, 2021|

Cutting Edge Youth Summit Continues to Help Youth Leaders Succeed

On Saturday, April 10, 2021, The Action Research Center hosted the annual Cutting Edge Youth Summit. The legendary event celebrates over 12 years of building youth leaders. This year, student leaders from many regions of the United States connected for the virtual Cutting Edge Youth Summit. Students and parents attended from Texas, South Carolina, New [...]

2021-05-05T21:34:55+00:00 April 14th, 2021|

2021 SMU Giving Day: The Power of One Person’s Vision

Mohammed Njie envisions a future in which all of Africa has access to reliable, affordable, clean energy in his lifetime. Since his first day at the Hunt Institute, he has been working to make this vision a reality, starting with his home country of The Gambia. Mohammed developed a plan with the help of the [...]

2021-06-17T16:51:25+00:00 April 14th, 2021|