David de Rothschild and Emmanuel Jal to be recognized at Opening of Dallas’ 2013 Engineering & Humanity Week
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Dallas, TX – One taught the world a life-changing lesson in ecology—that pollution devastating the world’s oceans can actually be recycled into a sea-fearing vessel capable of an 8,000-mile voyage. Another, a former child soldier, now uses the world’s stage to share
his inspirational message through music, to help save other children from similar fates.
SMU’s Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity will honor both as part of the opening activities of the 3rd annual Engineering & Humanity Week, April 6-12.
The 2013 Visionary Award will be presented to David de Rothschild, explorer, environmentalist and eternal optimist. De Rothschild made maritime history in 2010 when he sailed his recycled catamaran 8,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. Composed of 12,500 plastic water bottles, the vessel is held together by Earth Weld, an earth-friendly bonding agent that his team developed using sugar and cashews. His voyage was an engineering first and brought global attention to the South Pacific garbage patch—a swirling mass of plastic trash twice the size of Texas.
The 2013 Humanitarian Award will be presented to Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier and “Lost Boy” from Sudan, who is now a world-famous hip-hop artist and humanitarian advocate for social justice and human rights.
E&H Week brings leaders together from across the globe -- and from many walks of life -- to explore opportunities to help less fortunate populations by providing in-depth exposure to global economics, cultural awareness, collaborative leadership, and principles of sustainability. The annual event focuses on topics in which engineering can be used to help improve the lives of refugees and other displaced and struggling members of humanity.
Information provided by EandHWeek.