The Lyle School of Engineering believes engineers are the problem solvers for today's greatest problems. In response to this belief, we have the Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity where students, faculty members, and other invested community members tackle some of the greatest problems facing the world today. Through empowerment, more than charity, the Hunt Institute primarily aims to improve poverty conditions and increase access to clean drinking water.
To do this, the Hunt institute has three main goals. The first is to educate and prepare engineers of the future on how to solve pressing humanitarian issues. The second is to create connections with businesses, academia, and governments. The third is to form partnerships between communities that need innovative solutions and the organizations building those solutions.
In the process, students are able to get directly involved. Engineers Without Borders is one organization within the Hunt Institute which works to improve the lives of many. They aim their efforts at both the local and international level through innovative technologies by connecting developing communities that have infrastructure needs with engineers able to design solutions to meet those needs. In the past, EWB has benefited a village in Guatemala and a local school suffering from drainage problems.
The Hunt Institute has also hosted Engineering and Humanity Week. Not only does it bring awareness to global poverty and the innovative solutions aimed at fixing some of the problems, but it also gave students at SMU a first hand experience as to what much of the world experiences on a day to day basis. For one week, students lived in buildings built for refugee camps without the luxuries of modern technology. While it can be a rough week, it truly expands students understanding of the poverty facing most of the world and it has encouraged them to further help those in need.
To explore more, visit the websites for: Engineering and Humanity week here, and the Hunt Institute here.