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October event will feature high-tech ways to survive natural disasters

September 11, 2018   /   by Nanci Hellmich

“This demonstration is part of a broad program to build sustainable resilience and increase opportunity in underserved communities around the world."

Linton Wells II, founder of STAR-TIDES

STAR-TIDES event features high-tech ways to survive natural disasters.

An October event outside of Merten Hall will feature high-tech and other solutions for surviving natural disasters including this affordable shelter.

Anyone interested in learning about high-tech ways to survive floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, should stop by the technology demonstrations outside Merten Hall during the first three days of October.

Presenters, including Mason professors, disaster relief experts, high-tech company representatives, and Mason Engineering student organizations, will discuss technologies that impact emergency relief.

Mason Engineering Dean Ken Ball will give the opening remarks on Monday, October 1.

Among the exhibits: drones, solar power, water purification, disaster relief kits, mobile communications, and emergency shelters. Experts will be doing presentations on the use of technology in peace-keeping operations as well as the use of unmanned vehicles in disaster relief.

The three-day event is the 12th annual STAR-TIDES Technology Demonstration. This will be the second year the event has been held at Mason.

STAR-TIDES (Sharing to Accelerate Research–Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support) is a global knowledge-sharing research network coordinated at Mason.

“We’ll be showing you technology that you and your family can use to be prepared for natural disasters from flooding to hurricanes to earthquakes,” says Linton Wells II, founder of STAR-TIDES and executive advisor for Mason Engineering’s C4I and Cyber Center.

“This demonstration is part of a broad program to build sustainable resilience and increase opportunity in underserved communities around the world,” he says. 

Wells, two Mason Engineering students—Michael Schindler and Sharmin Hossain—and others talked about STAR-TIDES recently on EmeraldPlanet TV

Days and times: Monday, October 1, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday, October 2, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday, October 3, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information, go to the STAR-TIDES website.

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