Our team

Dr. Eva Szalkai CsakyDr. Eva Szalkai Csaky is the Executive Director of the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity in the Lyle School of Engineering. In this position, she is developing projects and initiatives in collaboration with academia, the private sector and not-for-profit organizations that benefit disadvantaged communities, both locally and around the world.

Prior to joining SMU, Eva worked for the World Bank Group for 15 years with a focus on market-based solutions for environmental and social problems. She led the design and implementation of projects in 24 different countries around the world and led programs and initiatives in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy and clean water access. 

Eva's award winning efforts include a $250 million public-private energy efficiency partnership and a $120 million energy efficiency retrofit for low-income households. She also worked extensively in the area of sustainable value chains in collaboration with major global companies, focusing on agri-food and garment value chains. Eva was recently the recipient of the first ever World Bank Innovation Award.

Eva received her Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from Budapest Business School, Hungary, and her Master of Science in Finance from The George Washington University, Washington, DC.  She was also awarded a Master of Arts in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Public Policy with concentration in Globalization and Development from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Her research has focused on leveraging value chain dynamics for poverty alleviation, in particular in agri-food value chains, and on collective action among small producers to enable their effective participation in modern value chains.

Corrie HarrisCorrie A. Harris, M.A. is the Assistant Director for the Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity in the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU where she manages the design, implementation, and growth of the Global Development Lab. Corrie has significant experience in operational excellence for organizations focused on poverty alleviation both locally and globally. She has also worked across various sectors, including academia, international government relations, non-profit organizations, entrepreneurial ventures, and for-profit institutions.

Most notably, Corrie was the Director of Villa Familia Nicaragua (VFN), an orphanage for children in crisis in Nicaragua. In this role she managing the day-to-day operations of the orphanage as well as all of its strategic programs. She founded a Coalition of Directors for collaboration. With the collective knowledge of the coalition she created an economic development strategy for retrofitting and expanding VFN. After which, she recruited nationally and internationally for implementation of development. It was highly successful and received the highest governmental recognition from the Department of Mi Familia as the standard by which all other centers for children in crisis should be modeled.

She has her M.A. from the Lyle in Sustainability and Development and an Honors B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UT Arlington with concentrations in Economics, Sustainability, Management, and Cultural Studies. Her master's thesis is titled Resilient Sustainable Development: Localized Transformational Impact to Alleviate Poverty. 


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Dr. Candice L. Bledsoe Heather
SMU Faculty, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education, Executive Director of Action Research Center Title(s)
Communications Team Lead Area within HI

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Lillie Noe Dr. James Olivier
SMU Cox MBA Candidate, Forté Fellow, President of Net Impact SMU Lyle School of Engineering Adjunct Faculty Member, Chairperson of the Dallas IEEE Blockchain Group
Social Enterprise Program Area within HI
SMU Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity Student Team

The Institute is made up of a diverse team of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and fellows. Our interdisciplinary program mirrors the structure and demands of an interdisciplinary world. Students studying engineering, communications, business, journalism, videography, web design, project management, and more work together on projects and research. The Institute promotes layered mentoring. Undergraduate students will work with other Institutes, Centers, graduate students, professors, social entrepreneurs, and industry mentors and so forth throughout the course of their project.

Each year our teams change and evolve as students graduate and new students arrive at SMU. Click on this link to read a student highlight snapshot.

Our Team