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Inaugural competition: 2011 Student Design Challenge

Michael “Buz” Weas, President of HabiHut, is a juror for the Student Design ChallengeIf you could take an excellent technology and make it an outstanding one, what would you do and how would you do it? This is the challenge teams of SMU engineering and non-engineering students are tackling in the inaugural Student Design Competition for Engineering & Humanity Week 2011.

Too often, creative focus is on "leapfrog innovations" when big leaps can be made in advancing improvements to existing technology. This is the premise behind the student challenge to improve an existing, innovative shelter technology now in use for emergency shelter in Kenya—the HabitHut.

Teams composed of students from the SMU Engineering, Arts, and Business schools will submit plans to improve the overall HabiHut design, factoring in limited budgets and community challenges present in Kenya. Plans are to include branding art, marketing plans and an operational manual.

By capitalizing on the various strengths represented by different disciplines, holistic solutions rooted in skills learned in the classroom will be applied to a real-world challenge—making the HabiHut the best it can be. For student contestants, the experience seeks to mimic professional problem solving sought by private industry following graduation and help shape the students' views on their role in global development.

The competition is overseen by the Hunt Institute and the SMU Innovation Gymnasium housed in the Lyle School of Engineering. A panel of faculty, professional engineers and business people will judge the student designs based on a host of factors, among them: new ideas and fresh approaches; attention to cultural and environmental considerations with a focus on sustainable solutions; equal contribution from team members and their interdisciplinary skill-sets; an actionable plan with feasible strategies, defined goals and tangible results; and a professional and quality presentation with well thought-out concepts that can be defended at an expert level.

Jurors for the competition are:

  • Jeff Fulgham, Chief Sustainability Officer, GE
  • Judy Pesek, Principal/Managing Director of the Dallas office of Gensler
  • Ronald Omyonga, Architect & Consultant, from Nairobi, Kenya
  • Brent Brown, Founding Director, bcWorkshop
  • Michael “Buz” Weas, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder Mountain Systems
  • Reagan Jensen, Chief Investment Officer, Peregrine Group
  • Dr, Nathan Huntoon, Director of Innovation Gymnasium, SMU Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering
  • Dr. Andrew Quicksall, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, SMU Bobby B Lyle School of Engineering
  • Dr. Geoffrey Orsak, Dean, SMU Bobby B Lyle School of Engineering

Teams will give their final presentations on Wednesday, April 13, with the winner announced that evening at an awards dinner.

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