Notre Dame E2E group develops novel housing solution for Haiti

first_imgIn response to the 2010 earthquake, members of the Notre Dame engineering department formed “Engineering2Empower,” or E2E, a housing initiative with the goal of designing safe and affordable houses that Haitian families can buy from Haitian businesses.Following a investigatory mission to Haiti in March 2010, Notre Dame faculty members Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Alexandros Taflanidis, with graduate student Dustin Mix, created the group, which works with local families and builders to meet specific housing needs.“It was possible to just write a [reconnaissance] report and let that be the end of it,” Mix, current in-country director of E2E, said. “Or we could try and go the long road and actually do something about what we saw.”Kijewski-Correa, associate professor of engineering, said the group felt a stronger call to help the people of Haiti rather than simply analyze and evaluate the problems facing their community.“Many other groups did the recon and left,” Kijewski-Correa said.  “We didn’t leave. We all became engineers to serve society in some way, and these were the populations that were really faceless and voiceless.“We weren’t going to just study the problem. We were going to try and solve it.”An estimated 1.3 million Haitian people were left homeless after the earthquake, primarily because of the poor quality of Haitian home construction, according to a University press release.“Lasting solutions to infrastructure problems in the developing world can only be established through true and bold innovations that can build capacity and empower the local population,” E2E’s website states. “Failure to do so … can ultimately perpetuate the dependence on foreign aid.”Taflanidis, associate professor of engineering, said foreign aid is a part of the solution for Haiti but not a full remedy.“The aid is needed, but it doesn’t solve the problem,” Taflanidis said. “It just puts a patch over it. Now, four years later, we’re seeing Haitians starting to build their homes in exactly the same ways they were building before.”At the end of last semester, Notre Dame graduate and undergraduate students constructed two prototypes of the Haitian home designs on campus. These prototypes are showcased at the E2E Expo Open Houses before home football games.“The design we are promoting is a concrete frame with panels,” Taflanidis said. “At Notre Dame, we tried to replicate the conditions in Haiti by having our undergrads, untrained and unskilled laborers, make and install the panels.”According to E2E’s website, an estimated 600 thousand Haitian homes still need to be reconstructed due to damage from the earthquake.“As much as I would love to build 600 thousand homes, I am equally honored to build 10 homes that are built in a way that will still be used 10 years from now and will have long term sustainable impacts,” Kijewski-Correa said.Mix said E2E worked with a Haitian family to build the first demonstration home in the city of Léogâne in 2014. E2E plans to construct five more demonstration homes with financially eligible Haitian families throughout 2015.“This could be a 10- or 15-year process because we’re not just building houses,” Mix said. “We’re helping to create a housing market in Haiti with the ultimate goal of empowering and being able to step back and leave everything in the hands of the Haitians.”Kijewski-Correa said Notre Dame and its community could play a vital role in continuing E2E’s work in Haiti.“We’re taking things one house at a time,” she said.  “All we hope for now is that alumni and students will hear the story and join us in this opportunity for change, in what I feel like is Notre Dame’s unique responsibility in the world.”Tags: College of Engineering, E2E, engineering, Engineering2Empower, Haiti, houseslast_img read more

Rumble over Jakarta ‘sound effect’ of TNT explosions during ceremony: Air Force

first_imgHe claimed the explosions were part of the Air Force’s tradition and that the resulting rumble was simply a “sound effect” of the ceremony.“[…] the rumbling was only a sound effect; it was not destructive,” Rizwar said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.Previously, social media users in Jakarta reported hearing two loud rumbles of unknown origin on Sunday evening. Some claimed that the sound – described as resembling distant thunder – was significant enough to have rattled objects in their homes.Prior to the Air Force’s statement, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) assumed that the sound was likely produced by thunder over Mount Salak in Bogor, West Java.“The result of the BMKG’s inspection using lightning detectors shows a number of lightning-related activities around Mount Salak between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.,” BMKG tsunami and earthquake mitigation head Daryono told kompas.com on Sunday.He said the noise was not produced by seismic activity, adding that it was possible that similar sounds would be heard in the future. (rfa)Topics : In a strange turn of events, the Indonesian Air Force has said the rumbling noises that rattled Jakarta over the weekend originated from a ceremony held at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in East Jakarta.Air Force spokesperson First Marshal Fajar Adriyanto said the event, which was held to welcome new recruits, featured a series of ceremonial gestures, including the ignition of the highly-explosive substance trinitrotoluene (TNT).Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base base spokesperson Maj. Rizwar confirmed that TNT had indeed been exploded twice on the site at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening and at 5 a.m. on Monday morning.last_img read more

Missed opportunities doom Syracuse in 1-0 overtime loss to Cornell

first_img Published on September 19, 2017 at 9:29 pm Contact Nick: [email protected] | @nick_a_alvarez With under two minutes left in the first overtime, Cornell’s Ryan Hill received a through ball from Tyler Bagley and found himself with the Big Red’s first one-on-one opportunity of the game with Syracuse goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert. As Hill neared the edge of the penalty box, he ripped a shot through the legs of Hilpert, the final moment in a night filled with missed offensive opportunities.“You’re just stunned,” junior forward Adnan Bakalovic said. “We didn’t play as well as we would’ve hoped. We thought we did enough to win the game.”After the game-winning goal, the Cornell benched mobbed Hill. Near SU’s net, sophomore John-Austin Ricks hunched over on the ground, taking in a loss at home to a team Syracuse hadn’t lost to in more than 15 years. The late score gave No. 11 SU (4-2-2, 0-1-1 Atlantic Coast) its second home loss in as many games, a 1-0 upset at the hands of Cornell (2-4-1). The defeat put the Orange on the wrong side of history, again, losing back-t0-back home games for the first time since October 2011.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We came off an emotional loss on Friday,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “We were looking for a reaction today and I don’t think we got one.”Before Hill’s goal, Syracuse’s offense, which entered the game fourth in the ACC in goals, failed to score on Cornell goalkeeper Mitchell Meyer despite ample corner kicks and multiple clean looks. The Orange barraged the Big Red with four corner kicks in the first 11 minutes but Meyer, a senior who made his first start of the season in just his second appearance in net, ended the game with a clean sheet.Early in the game, it looked like Syracuse would take an early lead. A failed clearance and a goalie deflection gave junior Jonathan Hagman, SU’s leading goal scorer, a chance to put the Orange out in front. The midfielder ripped a shot from two yards away with his right foot and watched as the ball ricocheted off the post. Hagman stood still, his mouth open and hands at his sides.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Contributing Photographer“You have to shake it off,” Hagman said. “You have to move on.”The Orange constantly pressured a Big Red line that consisted of two freshman starters. Mo Adams triggered give-and-go passes in the midfield, which created space down the sidelines for freshman Tajon Buchanan. But, Cornell often kicked the ball away, conceding a corner kick instead of a cross in transition. Syracuse finished with 11 corner kicks, the second-highest total this season.Freshman Lukas Rubio subbed in and immediately triggered a breakaway that ended in a missed shot by Simon Triantafillou. Coming out of halftime, Triantafillou almost broke the seal with his own one-on-one against Meyer. The shot went right into the chest of the goalkeeper who dove right.In the 63rd minute, Hagman connected with a back-heel pass which left Johannes Pieles a clear opportunity at the top of the box. The sophomore forward pushed the shot wide left. Twenty-five minutes later, Hugo Delhommelle had a chance to score the game winner for SU off a free kick from the same spot as Pieles’ miss. The junior transfer’s set piece curved too much and spun left. After the shot, Delhommelle put one hand on his hip and threw the other in the air in frustration.After the game, Ricks made his way over to the wall next to the SU bench. He held his shirt to his mouth and stared at the ground. Teammates walked over and offered him words of advice but his eyes never wavered. A few feet away, his teammates and head coach tried to explain the upset loss.“We had a couple of games we won in overtime,” Hagman said. “This time it was our turn to lose one. We weren’t at our best tonight.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more