In the next three decades, air
traffic is predicted to double, which will require a lot of
fuel and potentially increase harmful emissions.
To combat this, NASA challenged six different research groups to radically
redesign the passenger aircraft in order to increase fuel
efficiency, lower emissions, and allow planes to take off on shorter
While on vacation in the Philippines three years ago, industrial
engineering student Rafael Smith was stunned by the living conditions
of poor residents. So for his senior design project at Purdue
University, Smith devised a temporary shelter that's portable,
lightweight, easy to erect, and relatively comfortable.