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AIDG's work has been featured in two talks on TED.COM

Peter Haas talking about earthquake resistant construction in Haiti

Duration: 8 min 30 sec

From Peter on the TED Blog:

"We also provide trainings in different aspects of engineering to the general public as part of our broader outreach. In Haiti, we’ve been doing a very large project for engineering training as a result of the earthquake in January of 2010. We started a program to train masons in confined masonry construction, a type of construction that makes buildings more resistant to collapse. So far, we’ve trained 3,000 masons out of 12,000 in the country."


Cat Laine at BIF, which was voted Best of the Web, on engineering a better life for all.

Duration: 15 min 49 sec

From Cat on the AIDG Blog:,com_jd-wp/Itemid,34/p,1390/

"The challenge they set speakers at the Business Innovation Factory (BIF) is to tell a story, specifically a personal story. Not your standard spiel. Not your normal pitch. So here’s my narrative. It combines Greek myth and a little Diana Ross to talk about the need for R&D and business development for poverty alleviation. It’s from the heart. It’s how we hope our work can impact the world.

If you like what you see in the vid, please pass on the link to friends/reblog this post/stumble it/etc. We need all the help we can get.

Note: a few flubbed lines.
Shada has 20,000 to 25,000 people living within a square mile not 20 to 25.
The corn sheller was made in Malawi. Amy Smith let us borrow it.
I know, I know. I need to retake intro physics. In talking about Galloping Gertie, I totally misuse the term energy where I mean force.
Photos of the Pelton turbine and ballast load controllers were taken by Xeni Jardin."

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