A common theme among the engineering faculty, staff, and students in the College of Engineering is using their expertise as engineers to develop solutions, to make the world a better place in which to live. For example, in response to the housing crisis that followed the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, faculty Tracy Kijewski-Correa, the Leo E. and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Associate Professor Alexandros Taflanidis, and graduate student Dustin Mix used their knowledge of structural engineering to create Engineering2Empower (E2E), an organization dedicated to developing and deploying safe affordable housing for Haitian families. E2E operates under three guiding principles: "Listen. Innovate. Empower." Check out the prototypes of Haitian homes student and community teams designed and built on Notre Dame's White Field and learn about similar E2E homes already being built in Léogâne, Haiti.
Kijewski-Correa joined the Notre Dame faculty after receiving her bachelor's, master's, and doctorate in civil engineering from the University. As a professional woman and working mother, she also has some great advice for young women entering the field of engineering.