It’s always exciting to see a project come to fruition, especially when your students are creating software for positive social impact! At last semester’s Computer Science Junior Design Capstone Expo, student teams debuted the results of their year-long process developing customized products for clients, including SLS community partners.
SLS held its fourth Student Showcase on November 19th in Klaus Atrium, with 40 diverse student projects and over 100 attendees. Read more about our project team winners and the winner of our Student Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching HERE.
This is a reflection not only on the Smart City Expo, but also my comments on the companies’ presence there. Leaving the Expo on the final day, I was left with my mind racing with thoughts on whether these companies are truly working to make a more “sustainable” future or if they are trying to improve their brand by including popular buzzwords in their technology.
Monica Sierra Aparicio is a master’s student in Building Construction and a Graduate Assistant with the Living Building Equity Champions Program run by Institute Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and recently attended the NAACP Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector (CESBS) working retreat. In Spring 2020, she will be part of the new VIP: Building for Equity and Sustainability.
Charleston Ford, a computational media major, grew up producing YouTube videos of him and his friends skateboarding. Video editing and its capability to tell a story in a way that can change people’s perspectives on real world events have always fascinated his Ramblin’ Research production teammate and friend, computer engineering major, Cameron Davis.
“Creating sustainable communities” requires understanding issues from multiple perspectives and within broad contexts. To that end, each semester, SLS links together classes from multiple GT colleges and schools with some key community partners, under broad sustainable communities themes.
If you regularly read the SLS Reflections blog, chances are you are interested in learning about how you can help “create sustainable communities.” Are you also interested in learning what it’s like to do research? If so – then you should check out the SLS VIPs – Vertically-Integrated Projects. VIPs are projects conducted by multidisciplinary teams comprising students and faculty, and sometimes staff and community or industry partners. SLS VIPs focus on topics related to sustainable communities, on campus and off.
By you have undoubtedly heard the buzz about Georgia Tech’s newest building, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, constructed under the Living Building Challenge, in accordance with its seven sustainability petals – Energy, Water, Materials, Place, Equity, Health & Happiness, and Beauty. The building is on track to become the most environmentally advanced education and research building in the Southeast. There are two upcoming opportunities to visit the building.
SLS sponsors several capstone teams each semester. This summer, an SLS- sponsored Mechanical Engineering team won Expo with a project guided by Isaac Zama, a native of Southern Cameroon, who has worked with GT students in past semesters and greatly enriched students’ experiences of social impact project work. Below both Zama and the student team leader, Louis David Nicoue, describe and reflect on the Coco-Yum project, which has as its context traditional culinary practices in Cameroon. Read on to