Hunter & Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity

Get Involved

There are a variety of ways to get involved in our organization. 

Donate to the Institute:

You can specify which project you would like to donate to or donate to the general development fund that empowers the Institute to engage more students in their research and projects. The experiential learning that comes with hands on projects is invaluable to the development of problem solving skill sets students need as they prepare to embark into society after graduation.

Through local and global projects, the Hunt Institute develops, pilots, and scales solutions that counter the effects of poverty through regenerative development. We aim for these projects to be applicable in both urban and rural environments in order to enable inclusive economic development for all members of society. By engaging at the community level, our interdisciplinary teams seek to connect with a deeper understanding of the nuances of local context. The Institute grounds its research in the realities of our partner communities prior to working on a solution, and tests those solutions through prototypes and projects. The Institute's projects focus on three areas; resilient infrastructure, sustainable food systems, and an inclusive economy. 

Connect with us on social media:

In an effort to improve communication, we are using social media as our main form of contact to our network.

Connect and follow us on:

FaceBook

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube

LinkedIn

Attend Events:

Upcoming events are announced on our Facebook Page. Space is limited so RSVP is recommended. 

Volunteer as an Industry Mentor:

Hunt Institute incorporates a mentoring program that is customized for each of its students. Hunt Institute Student Analysts form an interdisciplinary group from both the undergraduate and graduate levels come from Cox, Meadows, Dedman, and Lyle. Through hands-on mentoring and practical project guidance to develop scope, timelines, and budgets, Hunt Institute hopes to diversify the tools available to its students and increase their contributions to personal relationships, productive work, and community engagement. 

If you would like to participate as a industry mentor, please email our Program Manager, Corrie Harris at caharris@smu.edu to schedule an appointment.

SMU Students:

If you are interested in working on projects in the Hunt Institute, you can approach in several ways.

Volunteer

Students can assist with events, volunteer to greet and welcome people in the Institute, help with our annual participation at EarthX (formally called Earth Day), volunteer in the SMU community garden, and so forth. If you are interested, roject within the Institute. International or grad students with minimum voluntary hour requirements, please prepare appropriate forms with the respected offices and have those ready when you come to the Institute. Please email Corrie Harris at caharris@smu.edu and schedule an appointment.

Honors course of Senior Design 

First, your project should line up with the Hunt Institute mission and core values. Secondly, your project should fall under one of the categories we focus our research around. The Institute's projects focus on three areas; resilient infrastructure, sustainable food systems, and an inclusive economic development. Many students will enhance a class with a research paper or project to escalate it to an honors credit. Other students work on their Senior Design project within the Institute. Both these examples will include a Faculty advisor assigned to them via the class/curriculum. Please email Corrie Harris at caharris@smu.edu and schedule an appointment to discuss the potential connection.

Student Lead Projects

As previously mentioned, your project should line up with the Hunt Institute mission and core values and your project should fall under one of the categories we focus our research around. The Institute's projects focus on three areas; resilient infrastructure, sustainable food systems, and an inclusive economic development. Students who are working with Engaged Learning and want to connect with the Hunt Institute with a research assistantship role should email Corrie Harris at caharris@smu.edu and schedule an appointment to discuss the potential connection. Students typically come prepared with a basic concept note about the problem they wish to address with the scope of the project identified. Also, they should have in mind a Faculty member who might be able to advise them through their assistantship.