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Nov 14, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
Dr. Michael A. Balazs serves as a Technology Integrator at MITRE, where he helps coordinate internal research and transition to the government. He also co-coordinates a portfolio of small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) programs. This work has grown into support to several counter-sUAS programs. Additionally, he leads research in non-traditional computational clusters.

He is known for the commercial-off-the-shelf ISR program. The program leverages the commercial smartphone industry as the core of an open and mobile ISR system built upon advanced manufactured (e.g., 3D printing) platforms that can both accommodate the ideal sensors and be rapidly redesigned to suit a changing operational environment. Systems support both government R&D and field operations.

Beyond helping to direct C-UAS strategy, he co-led the MITRE Challenge for Countering Unauthorized Aerial Systems. The Challenge evaluated technologies from around the world to identify solutions that could: 1) detect small drones and determine threats, and 2) interdict small UAS threats by forcing them to be recovered intact in a safe area. The results of the challenge are used both domestically and by foreign governments to direct R&D and inform policy.

His work has resulted in numerous awards and been featured in the Economist, WIRED Magazine, Fortune, and National Geographic’s Breakthroughs.

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Michael Balazs
Nov 14, 2017 5:30 PM
Nov 18, 2017
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Virginia to Africa is a collaboration between the Rotary Clubs of Albemarle County, the Blue Ridge, and Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia. Under this partnership, the “ABC Rotary Clubs,” with matching funds from Rotary International, has sponsored community water projects in Wum Cameroon, Tlhopane Primary School, and two villages in Limpopo province, South Africa. This talk will provide a summary of the project conducted in the villages of Tshapasha and Tshbvumo in Limpopo South Africa. The ABC clubs held a fundraiser for the project in 2010, matching funds from Rotary International were secured in 2014, and the project was completed in August 2015. Additional work remains to provide full access to an improved water supply to all villagers, and the talk will present the requirement for this extension.

Garrick Louis is Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Engineering & Society at the University of Virginia. He is the director of the Sustainable Infrastructure and Development Center and director of the 501 (C) (3) Development inter-Action Inc. that provides technical assistance to small water and sanitation projects in developing communities. Louis received his BSc. In Chemical Engineering from Howard University, his MSc. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He received the 2000 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Clinton, is a 2006-7 AAAS Energy Environment & Natural Resources Fellow, a 2014 UVa Design and Health Faculty Fellow, and a 2015 Jefferson Science Fellow in the Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Louis is a Fulbright Specialist for water and sanitation.

Professor Garrick Louis
Nov 28, 2017 5:30 PM

December is the month in which we may experience an intensive press to be happy as we prepare for family and friends to join us for one of the most recognized holidays in the United States. At the same time there can be reflection, grief for those of us no longer with us, and a sense of nostalgia for times gone by.

As Rotarians we are also aware of those who are in need and perhaps suffering in all the places we serve because they are refuges, or unable to care fully for their children or dealing with illness and despair. How may we speak of happiness in face of these personal stressors and the knowledge that all are not as fortunate as we are?   This talk will consider deeper meanings and levels of happiness related to a sustained sense of well-being. We can cultivate happiness even with loss or the awareness of all that must be done to bring about a just world.

Gertrude Faser
Dec 12, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM