Awards Bring Sustainable Design, Technology to Classroom

September 1, 2006

EPA Supports Student Designs Aimed at Sustainability after Natural Disaster
Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering has received two “People, Prosperity, and the Planet” (P3) grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed at sustainable technologies for use in regions crippled by natural disaster.

One of the $10,000 awards will support students in the identification and development of technologies relevant to the construction of sustainable homes in a part of Louisiana that was devastated by floodwaters after Hurricane Katrina. The second will focus on development of a mechanical aerator to help restore shrimp and fish hatcheries in tsunami-torn Indonesia. Read the whole story here.

Hewlett-Packard Award Expands Technology for Teaching
Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering has won a second Technology for Teaching Leadership grant from Hewlett-Packard (HP). This project, led by Assistant Professor of the Practice Lisa Huettel, will provide 40 tablet computers and supporting equipment for use in courses across Pratt.

The grant, valued at more than $120,000, was one of 10 awarded to two- and four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. Another 15 grants were awarded to K-12 schools across the country.

Recipients were selected for reinvestment based on their previous success integrating HP technology into their classroom curriculum, demonstration of positive results on student achievement, and innovative plans to expand their programs to have a broader impact on student success, according to HP. Read the whole story here.