ISyE Professors, Students Gauge Debris Cleanup in Haiti

Jun 2, 2010

On Friday, May 28, 2010, Jim Burress, reporter/host with WABE/NPR 90.1, interviewed Ozlem Ergun, associate professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISyE) and co-director of the Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics, about her recent trip to Haiti. Ergun, along with Julie Swann, ISyE associate professor and Center co-director; Reginald DesRoches, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE); and students Jessica Heier Stamm (ISyE), Kael Stilp (ISyE) and Josh Gresha (CEE), traveled to Haiti in May to look at debris collection and removal issues there. What they found was that most Haitians are using little more than their own hands to remove decimated homes and buildings."Although essential," states Ergun, "debris collection is an afterthought."

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