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.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 08:40
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By Will Jukes
The Irving Convention Center hosted FIRST Robotics Competition for their regional tournament on Friday, March 23. Teams of roboticists from grades 9 to 12 pitted their robots against one another in timed matches during which points were scored by shooting Frisbees at goals and climbing pyramid-shaped towers.
FIRST Robotics Competition was founded by Dean Kamen, best known as the inventor of the Segway, the iBOT, and other novel transportation systems. Kamen founded FIRST in an effort to inspire more young people to pursue careers in science and technology, fields that were—and are—suffering from a lack of human capital.
But it's not just about fun and robots; FIRST partners young people with mentors from all corners of the science and technology industries, from university students to working engineers. Major sponsors of FIRST include Boeing and Lockheed-Martin who contribute significantly to the mentoring program and, hoping to connect with students, maintain an independent presence as well.
Read the complete story in the Mar. 30 edition of The Rambler.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 16:26
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By Will Jukes
The Dallas Planning and Zoning Commission received a standing ovation Thursday, March 22 when it voted to deny permits allowing Trinity East Energy to locate up to 20 natural gas wells, in the Trinity River bottoms, and a compressor station on land just across the border from Irving. This is the second time the Plan Commission has rejected the permit. The first vote took place on December 20th, 2012. Commission Chairman Joe Alcantar, who supported the permits, asked the Commission to reconsider its decision in early January.
Opposition supporters came out for a final show of force, bringing dozens of speakers to the podium, including residents of Irving and Irving City Council member Rose Cannaday. The opposition required several extensions to give everyone a turn at the podium.
The proposal now defaults to the Dallas City Council, which can overturn the decision of the planning committee only with a supermajority of 12 out of 15 votes. Upcoming city council elections are expected to complicate the vote as the makeup of the council will change due to factors including the loss of drilling opponent Angela Hunt to term limits.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:33
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By Sissy Courtney
DFW’s FTRC is one of the world’s top facilities for aircraft rescue firefighting training and research. The center re-opened after a yearlong $29 million dollar expansion and reinvestment project enhancing the facility’s real world training and research capabilities by adding new interactive curriculum, classroom space, a new control center, new burn pits and the only Airbus A380 mockup trainer in the United States.
“We are connecting two environments that previously had this gap between them,” said David Henderson, as he spoke in the FTRC’s large, state-of-the-art classroom with 3D simulation technology providing the ability to visually and virtually train for any airport in the world. “We want to immerse the student; we want to engage the student. Every student gets the hands-on experience that we want them to have.”
For hands-on training, the Center now features a one-of-a-kind Airbus A380 mockup to teach students how to handle modern ultra-large fuselage aircraft. The A380 trainer contains accurate representations of the interior of both a multi-class passenger aircraft and a cargo freighter, including key components of the cockpit.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 11:23
Written by Phil Cerroni
By Will Jukes
A City of Irving town hall meeting at North Hills Prep on March 18 gave Irving residents the chance to voice their concerns regarding Trinity East Energy LLC’s proposed natural gas drilling operation in the City of Dallas near the Irving border.
Susan Sullivan, a member of The Argyle-Barton Communities Alliance (ABCA), addressed the audience with the cautionary tale of childhood cancer, asthma, and corporate malfeasance.
“A lot of us can't tell our stories. [Many people] had to sign non-disclosure agreements just to get the money to get out of there,” Sullivan said. The ABCA was founded by residents of the town of Argyle in 2010 to combat a waste disposal project in their community which, they claim, caused severe, often tragic health problems in members of their community.
Despite the accusations, Trinity East did not send a representative. Doug Janeway, chief development officer for the City of Irving, said that Irving officials have met with Trinity East about the planning process and the environmental challenges.
“They've presented to our planning development sub-committee [and] Parks and Recreation,” Janeway said. “They've come forward, President [sic] Tom Blanton has made those presentations to various boards with the City of Irving, to let them know what their plans are for drilling in Dallas.”
Last Updated on Monday, 25 March 2013 10:25
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