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Video: Purdue students invent innovative, weather-resistant shelter for disaster victims

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Gimme Shelter: Advancing Affordable Housing

Rafael Smith explains his concept for the Uber Shelter (Purdue University)

There are currently over 36 million displaced persons all over the world. In the wake of recent natural disasters, it is more crucial than ever that adequate shelter be made available to help ease temporary and long-term homelessness.

Fortunately, over the past few years, several engineers have been working to make both low-income housing and temporary shelters more efficient and affordable.

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Troy Long

Industrial Engineer

TroyI always knew that I wanted to be an engineer because I like looking at how things are done and finding ways to do them better. As an Industrial Engineer, I designed an optimization model that will help the Air Force distribute disaster relief more efficiently and ensure that supplies get to areas that need them on time and in correct quantities.

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