William G. Gilroy | August 21, 2014
The attention and concern of the world was focused on Haiti following its Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.
It is estimated that more than 1.3 million people were left homeless as a result of the earthquake, primarily because of the poor quality of Haitian home construction.
In response to this housing crisis, University of Notre Dame faculty Tracy Kijewski-Correa and Alexandros Taflanidis and graduate student Dustin Mix visited Haiti and subsequently created “Engineering2Empower” (E2E). Although the Notre Dame engineers recognized the well-intentioned recovery efforts of nongovernmental organizations and other charitable agencies, they soon realized much more fundamental problems were plaguing housing in Haiti.