Program and Agenda

Engineering & Humanity Week 2013

April 6-12, 2013

SMU Campus and Fair Park, Dallas, Texas

Click here for detailed information about the seminars and panel discussions

                                        


 Saturday, April 6

 

 Noon - 5:00 PM Barefoot on the Boulevard - SMU - Presented by SMU Students for a Better Society
    Free outdoor music festival and earth celebration featuring live bands, food and green living displays.
    Location: North section of Bishop Boulevard, just south of the flagpole

          4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Special Performance by Emmanuel Jal at Barefoot on the Boulevard
          World famous hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal will be accompanied by DJ Silverstone and a string
          quartet from SMU’s Meadows School of Arts

 

 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM SMUā€ˆStudent Design Competition - Day 1 - SMU
    Water for Refugees: The Biomimicry Challenge: a competition for SMU students
    An intense training session presented by field experts to prepare students for a 2-day, immersion design
    competition on water, refugees, and innovation strategies.
    Location: Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall, SMU
    For competitors only - pre-registration required for SMU students
    For more information or a registration form, click here

 

 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Plastiki Adventure for students K-12 - Fair Park
    Students will view The Plastiki and meet its captain, David de Rothschild.
    Location: North end of the Esplanade Fountain at Fair Park, next to Centennial Hall
    Co-hosted with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft Worth

 

 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM SMU’s Hunt Institute and The ROi Project Present
          The 2013 Engineering & Humanity Week Awards Dinner

    Location: North end of the Esplanade Fountain and Centennial Hall at Fair Park
    Reservations Required: open to the public; for ticket information or to make reservations, click here.

    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Unveiling of The Plastiki and Reception
    Location: North end of Esplanade Fountain
    View The Plastiki, a catamaran made from 12,500 plastic bottles that sailed from San Francisco to
    Sydney on a mission to showcase waste as a resource, making maritime history in 2010.

    7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Dinner and a conversation with David de Rothschild and performance by
    Emmanuel Jal
    Location: Centennial Hall

 

 Visionary Award Presentation: David de Rothschild, the Plastiki’s creator and captain will be interviewed
 by Jeff Ball, Stanford University Scholar-In-Residence and former environment editor for the Wall Street
 Journal

 Humanitarian Award Presentation: Emmanuel Jal – hear this world-famous hip-hop artist, humanitarian
 advocate, and former child soldier perform his international hit We Want Peace. Jal will be accompanied
 by DJ Silvastone and a string quartet from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

 


 Sunday, April 7

 

 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM SMU Student Design Competition – Day 2 - SMU
    Water for Refugees: The Biomimicry Challenge
    Students create clean-water solutions for refugee camps through an immersion-design competition.
    Field experts and coaches will be on hand to answer questions and assist student teams as they
    develop their work.
    Location: Innovation Gym, Caruth Hall, SMU
    For pre-registered teams only

 

 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dean's Barbeque for Student Design Competition Participants - SMU
    Sponsored by Dean ad interim Marc Christensen of SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering
    Location: The Water Tap, outdoors at Caruth/Cox Green
    For student teams, faculty, staff and invited guests only.


 Monday, April 8

 

 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM     The Water Tap: A Water Distribution Camp - SMU
      Set up time for exhibitors
    Location: Outdoors at Caruth/Cox Green, SMU

 

 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    SMU Student Design Competition -- Judging
 
     Lead Juror: Louise Bloom, Research Officer, Humanitarian Innovation Project,
                       University of Oxford
     Erik Abild, Norwegian Refugee Council
     Kate Canales, Director of Design and Innovation Programs, SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering
     Dr. Marc Christensen, Dean ad interim, SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering
     Dr. Carolyn Smith-Morris, medical anthropologist & Director of Undergraduate Studies,
                       SMU’s Department of Anthropology
     Kathy Zarsky, Systems and Strategy Designer, HOLOS

 

 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM   

Global Challenges: A view from the trenches from those who've seen/solved them -  SMU
     Which global water crisis are you talking about?
          Jeff Fulgham,
Sustainability and Strategy Executive at Banyan Water

 
      Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. The mantra now heard around the world
          Myles Estey,
Senior Editor, Makeshift Magazine  

    Location: Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall, SMU
    Free and open to the public, but space is limited

 


 Tuesday, April 9

 

  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM            The Water Tap: A Water Distribution Camp - SMU
      Modeled after a water system in a refugee camp, visitors will experience social and technical innovations
          in water distribution. Demonstrations from 20 Liters, Living on One, SMU’s Anthropology Department,
          bio filtration system demonstration, Living Water pump systems and more! 
      Location: Outdoors at Caruth/Cox Green
      Free and open to the public
 
  SPECIAL EVENTS AT THE WATER TAP
      Outdoor Workshops
      The Texas Water Project  – The art of making clay pot water filters
      Green Phoenix Farms  – What is Aquaponics?
      Living Water International  – Try out a pump that can bring water up from 200 feet
      Rosette Gault – A master class in making paperclay water filters
      20 Liters – Learn to create a clean-water sand filtration device
      Living on One – Learn how to form an SMU micro-loan organization
      SMU Engineering Students – Demonstration of bio-filtration  
      SMU Anthropology Students – An interpretation of ethnographic depictions of water experiences
      Paper for Water – Learn to make origami, led by two young children who are dedicated to raising money
      for water-well construction in Africa

 

 Outdoor Exhibit
      Art installation by Karen Bovinich and Mark Bovinich –
               Lord Kelvin's Electro Static Generator or Influence at a Distance
 
           This piece exhibits electro-static generation using water to create electricity
     Art installation by Jessie Zarazaga and Laura Seipp  –
               Waiting for Water

           This exhibit graphically depicts the average amount of water used daily by  Americans –
           enough to serve 25 refugee families.

 Student Water Bottle Challenge: Water Re-Use and Reduction
     A student challenge to re-use water bottles and reduce plastic water bottle waste. Students will
     hand-pump water to refill their bottles. Results to be revealed through a digital art project using an
     electronic artwork data display by SMU students from Creative Computing.

 

 Special Exhibits – inside lobby of Caruth Hall, near The Water Tap
      Biomimicry 3.8 Institute Exhibit Water Wise - A fascinating display of first-round winners from the national
      student biomimicry challenge “Water Wise.”  Entrants applied biomimicry concepts to arrive at sustainable
      and innovative design solutions. The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is a not-for-profit organization that promotes
      the study and imitation of nature’s remarkably efficient designs.

 

      Paintings by students from the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, curated by Professor Barnaby
      Fitzgerald  -  “Volume, Transparency, Reflections: Visual Aspects of Water”

 

 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM Panel Discussion:
          A View From The Field: What is it like to work in a humanitarian crisis? - SMU
      Have you ever wondered what it takes to work in an emergency response situation, for communities 
     suffering as a result of political persecution? These panelists will talk about their personal experiences of
     working in emergency relief situations. This is your chance to ask questions about what life is really like as
     an aid worker.

     Moderator: Dr. Alexander Betts, Director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project, University of Oxford

     Panelists:
     Louise Bloom, Humanitarian Innovation Project, University of Oxford  

     Erik Abild, Norwegian Refugee Council
     Jean Francois Durieux, former Director of Programming for the UN’s Agency for Refugees (UNHCR);
     senior advisor to the Humanitarian Innovation Project, University of Oxford
     Location: Vestor Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall, SMU
     Free and open to the public, but seating is limited

 

 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Panel Discussion: Water and Women: The Ripple Effect - SMU
     A discussion on the impacts of water, sanitation, and hygiene on the lives of women in the developing
     world, hosted by SMU’s Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity, Living Water International, and WASH
     Advocates. Includes a simulcast panel at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

     Opening Remarks: Gary Edson, Global Health Fellow, George W. Bush Institute  

     SMU Moderator: Ben Mann, Director of Global Partnerships, WASH Advocates
     Panelists:
     Katherine Bliss, formerly of the Center for Strategic and International Studies
     Tanvi Nagpal, Faculty at Global Water Program, Johns Hopkins University
     Katie Spotz, Safe Water Activits
     Vanessa Tobin, former Chief of Water, Environment and Sanitation Division, UNICEF


     Location: Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall, SMU
     Free and open to the public, but seating is limited

 

 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM     Reception for Water and Women panelists and attendees - SMU
     Gather around The Water Tap and share handmade tacos from  La Chilangawhile discussing water issues.
     Location: The Water Tap, Caruth/Cox Green

 

  8:00 PM – 9:00 PM    Living on One – Conversation and Documentary Film Sneak Peak - SMU
      Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci set out to live on just $1 a day for eight weeks in rural Guatemala. They
      battled hunger, water-borne parasites and the realization that there are no easy answers; yet, the
      generosity and strength of their neighbors gave them resilient hope.
      Watch the movie trailer at www.LivingonOne.org
      Location: The Water Tap, Caruth/Cox Green
      Free and open to the public

 

 9:00 PM    Overnight for Students
     Students continue the Living on One experience in SMU’s “off the grid” water camp.
     Given a tarp, two posts and some twine, SMU students will create their own shelter around The Water Tap
     The students will blog their experiences and impressions.
     Location: Outdoors at Caruth/Cox Green

 


 Wednesday, April 10

 

 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM The Water Tap: A Water Distribution Camp - SMU
     Modeled after a water system in a refugee camp, visitors will experience social and technical innovations
     in water distribution. Demonstrations from 20 Liters, Living on One, SMU’s Anthropology Department,
     bio filtration system demonstration, Living Water pump systems and more!
     Location: Outdoors at Caruth/Cox Green
     Free and open to the public

 

 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM      Panel Discussion: Refugees and Water - SMU
      This panel brings together a group of experts from a wide variety of backgrounds to explore how long term,
      appropriate and scalable solutions be made available to refugees.
      Location: Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall, seating limited
      Free and open to the public

 

     Moderator: Dr. Alexander Betts, Associate Professor in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies,
                       University of Oxford
     Participants:
     Erik Abild, Norwegian Refugee Council
     Dr. Faith Nibbs, Professor of Anthropology, SMU’s Dedman College
     Robert Johnson, PE, Structural Solutions Studio, LLC; Engineer, 20 Liters
     Dr. Andrew Quicksall, Assistant Professor, SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering

 

 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM Dedication Dinner/Announcement of Student Design Competition Winners - SMU 
      Location: THE WATER TAP, outdoors at Caruth/Cox Green
      Free and open to the public, but please reserve your space so we have enough food!

 

      Enjoy dinner catered by the African Village Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 Click here to see a complete, detailed agenda (PDF)         

 

 

Panel and Seminar Information

Panel Discussion - Tuesday, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

A View From The Field: What is it like to work in a humanitarian crisis?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to work in an emergency response situation, for communities suffering as a result of political persecution? Have previous emergencies like the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 made you think about the possibility of working in a humanitarian context? Or are you curious to know how the work you are already doing could be made relevant to working in the challenging environments posed during the aftermath of a crisis? These panelists will talk about their personal experiences of working in emergency relief situations. This is your chance to ask questions about what life is really like as an aid worker.

Location: Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall, free and open to the public, but seating limited

Moderator:  Louise Bloom, Humanitarian Innovation Project, University of Oxford

Panelists:

Dr. Alexander Betts, Director of the Humanitarian Innovation Project, University of Oxford

Erik Abild, Norwegian Refugee Council

Jean Francois Durieux, former Director of Programming for the UN’s Agency for Refugees (UNHCR); senior advisor to the Humanitarian Innovation Project, University of Oxford

 

Water and Women Panel Discussion - Tuesday, April 9th, 4:30 - 7:30 PM

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Women in the developing world often have the primary responsibility for managing their household’s water supply, sanitation (latrines) and hygiene (WASH). Where water is scarce, women and children often walk long distances, sometimes two or three times a day. Research shows that including women in public health projects designed to improve water and sanitation significantly improves long term outcomes. Engaging women creates a ripple effect that advances the health of communities, regions, and countries. Women in the developing world are the key to solve the world’s water and sanitation crisis.

The program will begin with the simulcast from Emory, running from 4 – 5:30 p.m., CDT, featuring keynote speaker William Foege, senior fellow in Global Health at the William and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Foege will join the panel discussion, “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Transforming Lives,” moderated by Jeff Koplan, vice president for global health at Emory and former director of the Centers for Disease Control under President Bill Clinton. Other panelists include:

Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases

Christine Moe, director of Emory’s Center for Global Safe Water

David Addiss, director of the Children Without Worms program at Task Force for Global Health

Lourdes Mindreau - program coordinator of Integrated Water Resources Management at CARE Peru

SMU Portion

Featured speaker at the SMU event will be Gary Edson, global health fellow at the George W. Bush Institute and CEO of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund until it ceased operations in late 2012. The SMU panel, which will be simulcast to the audience at Emory, will discuss “Water and Women: The Ripple Effect” from 5:30-7 p.m.  CDT and will be moderated by Ben Mann, Director of Global Partnerships for WASH Advocates, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy initiative dedicated to solving the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge.  Edson will join the panel, which also will include:

Moderator:

Ben Mann, Global Partnerships Director at WASH Associates

Confirmed Panelists

Vanessa Tobin, Senior Technical Adviser for Water Supply, Sanitation and Water Resources Development for Catholic Relief Services

Katherine Bliss, Senior Associate, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC

Tanvi Nagpal, Faculty at Global Water Program, Johns Hopkins University

Katie Spotz, Adventurer and Safe Water Activist

 

Refugees and Water - Panel Discussion, Wednesday, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Emergency water provision for large communities in remote refugee camp locations poses a vast range of challenges. This panel brings together a group of experts from a wide variety of backgrounds to explore how long term, appropriate and scalable solutions be made available to refugees. Find out how ideas from those outside the humanitarian sectors offer innovative and sustainable opportunities.

Location: Vester Hughes Auditorium, Caruth Hall, free and open to the public, but seating limited

Moderator:

Dr. Alexander Betts, Associate Professor in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford

Participants:

Erik Abild, Norwegian Refugee Council

Dr. Faith Nibbs, Professor of Anthropology, SMU’s Dedman College

Robert Johnson, PE, Structural Solutions Studio, LLC; Engineer, 20 Liters

Dr. Andrew Quicksall, Assistant Professor, SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering