Engineering & Humanity Week In The News

Green Source DFW

Harvey Lacey builds a house using Ubuntu bricks made of recycled plastic

KDAF-TV (Ch. 33-Dallas)

Green Team SMU

The Dallas Morning News

New Businesses Should Be  Ready for Plan B

Voice of America

Refugee Camp Springs Up on US University Campus

AOL News

Segway Inventor Dean Kamen Recieves Humanitarian Award

KERA-90.1 FM (NPR-Dallas)

SMU Students Live In Their Refugee Huts

WFAA-TV (ABC-Dallas)

Dallas Group Helping Children Get Clean Water

The Dallas Morning News

SMU Honors A True Visionary

Segway Inventor To Receive Humanitarian Award in Dallas

Hunt Institute to Build Third World Village on SMU Campus

As SMU Marks 100 Years, It's Aiming For The Top Tier (April 10 photo)

The Dallas Observer

At SMU’s Living Village, Harvey Lacey Demos A House Built One Plastic Bag At A Time

What Can You Do With An Old Shipping Container? Turn It Into The EandH Commissary

KXAS-TV (NBC-Dallas)

SMU Students Build 'Refugee Camp' on Campus

The New York Times

Ethical Engineering-No Oxymoron

SMU Daily Campus

Internationalizing SMU

Engineering and Humanity Week brings ideas, innovation to solve third world problems

Texas inventor turns trash into innovative solution

Audio Slideshow: Engineering and Humanity Week Brings Living Village To Life

The Living Village: A Video Tour

Sustainable Village Comes  To Life Through Engineering

Video: SMU students participate in "The Living Village"

SMU Daily Mustang

Engineering and Humanity Week at SMU: Students Take on a Third-World Experience


Inventor Dean Kamen To Receive Inaugural Hunt Institute Visionary Award  


Gensler Dallas: Curator of The Living Village

Living Village Blog

SMU Students: Tell Us Your Living Living Village Adventure On The SMU Adventures Blog

Sponsors for Engineering & Humanity Week 2011


The Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity is most grateful to our sponsors for their generous support of Engineering & Humanity Week 2011.

Presenting Partners


Gensler Dallas is part of the global design, planning, and strategic consulting firm, with more than 2,600 professionals networked across 35 locations worldwide. Consistently ranked by U.S. and international industry surveys as the leading architecture and interior design firm, Gensler leverages its deep resources and diverse expertise to develop design solutions for industries across the globe. Since 1965, Gensler has collaborated with clients to create environments that enhance organizational performance, achieve measurable business goals, enrich people and communities, and enhance everyday experiences. For its longstanding commitment to the advancement of sustainable design, Gensler received the Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2005.

The SMU Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering is committed to developing the new American engineer, one prepared to excel and lead in creating new economic opportunities while meeting the most difficult challenges facing society. The Lyle School maintains a steadfast focus on using engineering to address important issues both at home and around the world. Founded in 1925, the Lyle School is one of the oldest engineering schools in the Southwest. The school offers eight undergraduate and 29 graduate programs, including both masters and doctorate levels.

In the United States, Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries have 45,000 professionals with a single focus: serving our clients and helping them solve their toughest problems. We work in four key business areas — audit, financial advisory, tax and consulting — but our real strength comes from combining the talents of those groups to address clients’ needs. Fortune and BusinessWeek consistently rank our organization among the best places to work, which is good news for our talent and our clients alike.  When the best people tackle the most compelling challenges, everyone wins.  “Deloitte” is the brand under which tens of thousands of dedicated professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate.  These firms are members of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL), a UK private company limited by guarantee. Each member firm provides services in a particular geographic area and is subject to the laws and professional regulations of the particular country or countries in which it operates.

Contributing Partners


The Beck Group was founded in 1912 and has developed into a full-service builder with international reach. Beck's primary focus is cultivating long-term relationships by offering complete real estate solutions. Beck's multi-faceted structure enables it to better serve clients. Because we are developers, we are more knowledgeable architects. "Because we are architects, we are contractors who better understand the nuances of design. And because we are contractors, we understand the implications of decisions made throughout each project. By bringing together the knowledge base of all these disciplines, we provide a better total solution. Each project team possesses the integrated skills required to bring a vision to reality–even when only one of our services is applied. Our clients benefit from our total knowledge of the project process to best suit their specific needs." Beck maintains a team of over 450 working employees, over 40 percent of whom are LEED® Accredited Professionals, working among a network of offices in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas (headquarters), Denver, Fort Worth, Mexico City, San Antonio and Tampa.

Living Water International (LWI) is a faith-based non-profit organization that helps communities in developing countries acquire safe drinking water in response to the global water crisis. It is based in Houston, Texas, United States. It was established in 1991 and currently operates in 26 countries. The organization has drilled more than 6,500 wells that serve an estimated 9.5 million people.

ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. The company is recognized as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute, as the industry leader in FORTUNE magazine's "World's Most Admired Companies," and as one of America's Largest Private Companies by both FORTUNE and Forbes magazines. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 255,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries.

Laurus Edutech is focused on transforming vocational skills development in India. The company deploys a unique combination of best-in-class technologies, expert trainers in vocational streams and a nation-wide network of high quality skills development centres. In the last 30 years, the firm has helped over 10,000 people fulfil their career ambitions by improving their employment options. They have focused on helping students improve their qualifications through recognized certification courses, and enhancement of their skills through their life. Laurus Edutech has a team of qualified assessors who assess and certify the skills of students/trainees in line with the norms prescribed by the State Council for Vocational Training.


Premiere Video , serving Dallas since 1984, has the largest rental library in Texas. Dallas Morning News critic Chris Vognar writes:  "The service may be outstanding, but the selection is even better. Hard-to-find documentaries? Check. Asian cult favorites? You bet. But the pièce de résistance remains the Great Wall of foreign-language films, a massive block of culture organized by national origin and director. They also rent internationally formatted DVDs that aren't available most places in the States.

The Idea Fund provides cash awards to up to 10 artists, associations of artists and/or curators that create and showcase new work that involves the public via process, production, or presentation. The Idea Fund will accept proposals from artists/curators focusing on the visual arts, performance, film, video, new media, social practice, and interdisciplinary projects. Projects may include an exhibition or exhibition series; a public art project; a one-time event or performance; the ongoing work of a collective, collaborative, or artist space; an online project or publication; an artist residency; a series of screenings; and more. The Idea Fund seeks to support new works with the resulting project activities accessible and presented to the public.

Building Community Workshop is a Dallas based nonprofit community design center seeking to improve the livability and viability of communities through the practice of thoughtful design and making.  It enriches the lives of citizens by bringing design thinking to areas of our city where resources are most scarce.  To do so, the bcWORKSHOP recognizes that it must first understand the social, economic, and environmental issues facing a community before beginning work.

Perkins + Will , established in Chicago  in 1935 by Larry Perkins and Phil Will, is an is an architectural firm with approximately 1,500 employees in 23 offices. The firm has received a number of awards including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1999 Firm of the Year award. A company that is entrepreneurial and creative, where it is acceptable to take risks and make mistakes. One that encourages continuous learning that emanates from personal humility. A company that can deliver a powerful design philosophy built on the principle, "ideas + buildings that honor the broader goals of society."

TDIndustries was born in 1946 as a brainchild of visionary individuals in a little warehouse on Nagle Street in downtown Dallas. Since then, TD has developed into one of America’s premier mechanical construction and facility service companies. TD is changing the face of the industry through sustainable, state-of-the-art innovations that are a result of putting customers first. TD provides expert client advisors who offer LifeCycle planning solutions – your teammates who are in it for the long haul. To this end, we unfailingly go above and beyond to be responsive, offering expedient resolutions.

Quin Mathews has been a prominent voice for news, history, art and business for four decades. Starting as a student announcer on KERA Channel 13 in 1969, he became a news anchor at age twenty-two and voiced documentaries and thousands of news stories. He has acted in network television programs and narrated numerous corporate and educational films. He has been interviewer and host of the radio program “Art Matters” on WRR since 1988 and has hosted numerous live radio broadcasts, including the inaugural production of the Dallas Opera in the Winspear Opera House in 2009. He opened Quin Mathews Films in 1994 and has produced dozens of projects.

The SMU Embrey Human Rights Program (EHRP) is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to providing opportunities for learning about and promoting human rights in the DFW area and in the world. The EHRP is located in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and is directed by Dr. Rick Halperin, a life-long human rights activist and educator. It is overseen by an executive board made up of faculty, staff, and student members from across the University.

Community Partners


Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide.  Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world.

The Global Fund for Children strives to advance the dignity of children and youth around the world. GFC pursues its mission by making small grants to innovative community-based organizations working with some of the world’s most vulnerable children and youth. To date, GFC has awarded more than 3,184 grants valued at over $18.9 million. These grants have supported and strengthened more than 400 community-based organizations in 76 countries. More than 1 million children have benefited from the work of The Global Fund for Children.

Levi Strauss & Co. and The Levi’s® brand epitomizes classic American style and effortless cool. Since their invention by Levi Strauss in 1873, Levi’s® jeans have become the most recognizable and imitated clothing in the world – capturing the imagination and loyalty of people for generations. Today, the Levi’s® brand portfolio continues to evolve through a relentless pioneering and innovative spirit that is unparalleled in the apparel industry. Our range of leading jeanswear and accessories are available in more than 110 countries, allowing individuals around the world to express their personal style.

TechnoServe empowers people in the developing world to build businesses that break the cycle of poverty. Growing enterprises generate jobs and other income opportunities for poor people, enabling them to improve their lives and secure a better future for their families. Since its founding in 1968, the U.S.-based nonprofit has helped to create or expand thousands of businesses, benefiting millions of people in more than 40 countries. The Financial Times has rated TechnoServe one of the top five NGOs for corporate partnerships. TechnoServe’s corporate partners include Cargill, The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Nestlé-Nespresso, Olam International, Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Unilever, among others. Charity Navigator has also awarded its highest Four Star ranking to TechnoServe.

Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit working to fight poverty and climate change by bringing solar power and wireless Internet access to remote rural villages in the developing world. SELF has pioneered innovative applications of solar power for drip irrigation in Benin, telemedicine in the Amazon rainforest, vaccine refrigeration in Rwanda, online distance learning in South Africa, and microenterprise development in Nigeria. These successful pilot projects culminated in SELF’s whole-village approach, or Solar Integrated Development model. Since 1990, SELF has completed projects in 20 countries, making it a leader among non-governmental organizations in realizing practical and cost-effective.


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,190 people in more than 120 countries continues to help some 36.4 million persons.

KERA is a not-for-profit public media organization that serves the people of North Texas. The station broadcasts to the fourth-largest population area in the United States. KERA produces original multimedia content, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at The station’s extensive coverage of the arts can be found at KERA-TV broadcasts on Channel 13.1. KERA WORLD broadcasts on 13.2. KERA-FM broadcasts on 90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 88.3 in Wichita Falls, 100.1 in Tyler and 99.3 in Sherman. KERA’s new music station KXT 91.7 FM is also streamed online at

World Vision/If You Knew… is a Christian humanitarian organization and effort dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. “if you knew…” is partnering with World Vision. “if you knew…” selected World Vision based on its long history and proven track record of bringing clean water to Africa. The organization's on-the-ground infrastructure and staff enable the organization to work in communities for 15 to 20 years. Its holistic approach addresses all major needs of life — clean water, food and agriculture, healthcare, education, and economic development — to help ensure sustainability and long-term generational change.

Living Earth is the largest recycler of green material in Texas.  It is also the largest commercial manufacturer and provider of mulch, compost and other landscaping materials in Texas.  It operates 17 locations primarily in Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth and Pineland selling to commercial landscaping contractors, nurseries and other retailers as well as homeowners.  Living Earth’s product offering includes  varieties of mulch, compost, blended soils, top soil, soil amendments and convenience items for its customers such as stone, gravel and river rock.  The Company’s packaged products are sold under the “Living Earth™” trade name.