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Cockrell Engineers Address International Humanitarian Challenges with Red Cross

  • Sep 21, 2021

The University of Texas at Austin’s Projects with Underserved Communities (PUC) recently formed a partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to solve challenges in humanitarian response with engineering innovations.  

Janet Ellzey, Ph.D., a professor in the Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, is a founder and faculty leader of PUC, a collaboration between Texas Global, the Cockrell School of Engineering, and the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. PUC students have designed and delivered infrastructure projects around the world: solar-powered lighting systems, a menstrual pad fabricator for refugee camps, and a bio digester that converts latrine waste into fertilizer.  

"…[W]orking with marginalized communities, one of the most common criticisms is that the people doing the design work lack awareness of the situation on the ground,” Ellzey said. "This partnership provides us with on-the-ground knowledge, experience and information." 

Read the full article from the Cockrell School of Engineering