Sponsors for Engineering & Humanity Week 2013

The Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity is most grateful to our sponsors for their generous support of Engineering & Humanity Week 2013. For a complete list of all sponsors and friends of Engineering & Humanity Week 2013, see below.




The ROi Project: The Return on Innovation Project (ROi) is an active network of innovators, partnering with communities around the world to inspire sustainable solutions. Based in Dallas, ROi is developing a series of innovation spaces around the world, connected by a talented group of ROi Fellows working to support the skills, creativity and entrepreneurship of traditionally marginalized communities. Our partners include the University of Oxford, UNHCR (the United Nation's Agency for Refugees), Southern Methodist University, and Paul Quinn College.


The SMU Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering is committed to developing the new American engineer, one prepared to excel and lead in creating new economic opportunities while meeting the most difficult challenges facing society. The Lyle School maintains a steadfast focus on using engineering to address important issues both at home and around the world. Founded in 1925, the Lyle School is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including both masters and doctorate levels.

The Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity was founded by Stephanie and Hunter Hunt, as part of the Bobby Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. It works to inspire engineering students to address global challenges. It hosts the annual Engineering & Humanity Week conference.


The Plastiki is a unique vessel with a unique mission: she is seeking to inspire us all to rethink waste. How? Well for starters, she is built out of trash. Old two liter plastic bottles keep her afloat while reclaimed irrigation piping stands as her mast. All together she is a 100% recyclable boat that explores unchartered waters in her endeavor to show there's no such thing as waste. She sailed across the Pacific in 2010 to showcase the power of innovation and design to eliminate waste.



The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) at the University of Oxford, founded in 1982, aims to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable people.


The Humanitarian Innovation Project is based in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. It was created to research the role of innovation, technology and the private sector in refugee protection, and is funded by the ROi Project.


Gensler Dallas is part of the global design, planning, and strategic consulting firm, with more than 2,600 professionals networked across 35 locations worldwide. Consistently ranked by U.S. and international industry surveys as the leading architecture and interior design firm, Gensler leverages its deep resources and diverse expertise to develop design solutions for industries across the globe. Since 1965, Gensler has collaborated with clients to create environments that enhance organizational performance, achieve measurable business goals, enrich people and communities, and enhance everyday experiences. For its longstanding commitment to the advancement of sustainable design, Gensler received the Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2005.



The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth is a dynamic organization that brings international awareness and cross-cultural understanding to the North Texas community and presents distinguished international figures year-round for in-depth interpretations of global events.


Building Community Workshop is a Dallas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making. It enriches the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our city where resources are most scarce. To do so, the bcWORKSHOP recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work.


Living Water International (LWI) is a faith-based non-profit organization that helps communities in developing countries acquire safe drinking water in response to the global water crisis. It is based in Houston, Texas, United States. It was established in 1991 and currently operates in 26 countries. The organization has drilled more than 6,500 wells that serve an estimated 9.5 million people.




KERA - Media Sponsor

Laughing Man Coffee - Coffee Sponsor


Mizzen+Main - Apparel Sponsor


WASH Advocates is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy initiative entirely dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge. We provide an additional voice for those around the world with no access to safe drinking water and sanitation.


TDIndustries was born in 1946 as a brainchild of visionary individuals in a little warehouse on Nagle Street in downtown Dallas. Since then, TD has developed into one of America's premier mechanical construction and facility service companies. TD is changing the face of the industry through sustainable, state-of-the-art innovations that are a result of putting customers first. TD provides expert client advisors who offer LifeCycle planning solutions – your teammates who are in it for the long haul. To this end, we unfailingly go above and beyond to be responsive, offering expedient resolutions.



The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,190 people in more than 120 countries continues to help some 36.4 million persons.


The Kelley Group is a Dallas, Texas content development, executive communications and PR consultancy headed by longtime Texas journalist Chris Kelley.The firm specializes in creating "information you can feel"
in all media formats: video, print, interactive and the spoken word. The Kelley Group works with companies and non-profits to make the organizations trusted sources of information through delivery of high-quality story-based communications to reach their audiences. The Kelley Group also publicizes and promotes valuable news and information from clients to media sources.

Dallas Media Center is a one-stop digital production firm that provides services from video production, website development, transfers of vintage media and electronic newsletter set up. Owned and operated by longtime Dallas residents Scott and Cindy Causey, Dallas Media Center is a production partner of The Kelley Group.


Paul Quinn College is a private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts college founded by and affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The college was founded in Austin, Texas on April 4, 1872 and is one of the nation's 110 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).



Crocker Crane, Irving, Texas






Gruber Hurst Johansen Hail Shank


Erle Nye

Phoenix 1 Restoration & Construction Ltd.


Thompson & Knight Foundation

Jim & Carole Erwin

Tom & Sharon Meurer 

Emory University

Fair Park, City of Dallas

George W. Bush Institute

Mariner Sails

Brad Oldham &  Christy Coltrin

Jerry Farrington

Stash Design

SMU Department of Anthropology

SMU Engineers Without Borders

SMU John Goodwin Tower Center

SMU Meadows School of the Arts

SMU Sustainability Committee