NC State Alumni Helping After Haiti Quake

January 29, 2010
By magintern

We’ve told you before about Doc Hendley ’04, the founder of the nonprofit Wine to Water, a faith-based aid organization that provides clean water and sanitation systems to people around the world. He’s now in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, working to distribute 500 filters that can provide 5,000 people with clean water for more than five years. He’s tweeting at @wine_to_water and reported this on Jan. 25:

In Port-au-Prince now. I’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot of things. But I’ve never seen anything like this.

Like Hendley, Michael Maximilien ’02, PhD ’05, saw the quake as an opportunity to help. A computer scientist at IBM in San Jose, Calif., he designed the Haiti Quake People Finder, a Facebook application with continuously updated features that allows Facebook users to exchange information on friends and family who may have been caught in the quake. He tells the computer science department:

“With my background in computer science, I thought the best thing I could do was to help people communicate and collect information. That night [of the earthquake], I realized most of the information I had was from Facebook friends explaining, ‘This person is fine,’ or ‘This person is trapped.’  By the next day, I had a simple application ready for release.”

If you know of NC State alumni, faculty or students who are doing something to help with the Haiti relief effort, let us know. We’d love to hear their stories.

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