Event Types
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

Iñaki Alday, founder and principal with Margarita Jover of 'aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje', is the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture since August 1, 2011. Iñaki has been the Chair of the Department of Architecture from 2011 to 2016. Since 2016, he is the Director of the Yamuna River Project, the first pan-university grand challenge project at the University of Virginia. The University of Virginia’s Yamuna River Project is a long-term, inter-disciplinary research program whose objective is to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in the Delhi area.  Iñaki Alday and Pankaj Vir Gupta -- Professor of Architecture and Principal, Vir Mueller Architects/Delhi -- initiated the project with a series of research studios beginning in 2013-14.  The outcome was Re-Centering Delhi, an award-winning vision of Delhi’s Yamuna that rejuvenates the local environment, improves local infrastructure, and reorients patterns of urban settlement in order to ameliorate the lives of local residents and enhance public access to Delhi’s culturally and ecologically vital Yamuna River.  Currently, phase two of the Yamuna River Project involves an interdisciplinary team from the University of Virginia with expertise in architecture, land planning, civil engineering, environmental science, public-private partnerships, anthropology, political science, history, and cultural studies.  The team’s objective is to engage the efforts of government agencies, experts and activists in an ongoing program to address the multidimensional challenges posed by the vision of Re-Centering Delhi. The signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Delhi Jal Board on July 12, 2016 makes revitalizing the ecology of the Najafgarh drain, the source of 60% of Yamuna’s pollution in the Delhi area, an important focus of phase two.  Over the longer term, the Yamuna Project’s objective is to build a publicly accessible body of information and expertise that will catalyze efforts to reinvigorate the Yamuna’s ecological system in Delhi.

For more details on the project please see

Inkai Alday
Feb 13, 2018
Our speakers for February 27 will be Daphne Keiser, Director of CATEC, and Amanda Jay, CATEC Career Development. The Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC), a regional technical education center, helps high school students and adults obtain the jobs they seek. CATEC was founded in 1973 and serves students from both Albemarle County Schools and Charlottesville City Schools. CATEC currently offers 10 trade programs and 2 academies (the Information and Engineering Technology Academy and Healthcare and Medical Services Academy) that offer educational and career pathways for high school students. Other programs include Auto Body Technology, Auto Service Technology, Building Trades, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dental, Electrical, EMT, Firefighting, Music Technician, Veterinary Science, Nurse Aide, and Pharmacy. CATEC also offers continuing education courses and apprenticeship programs for adult learners. The goal is to give students the skills, knowledge and confidence to enter the workforce and/or pursue higher education. Students gain valuable certifications and earn dual enrollment credits from Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) and Reynolds Community College. Many students discover their passion and career aspirations while studying at CATEC.
CATEC's centralized, unified career development program helps students develop strategic approaches to cultivating their careers. Students gain exposure to a workplace skills curriculum that focuses on professional qualities, soft skills sought by employers, and marketing strategies to help them land professional jobs. Students focus on thinking like employers, strategic resume writing, and interview preparation. This year, CATEC will partner with our Rotary Club to offer mock interviews in late April for graduating CATEC students to give them relevant practice honing their interviewing skills.
Daphne Keiser, Director of CATEC
Feb 27, 2018 5:30 PM

Regina Kerns, JABA’s Community Relations Manager is entrusted with community outreach to promote JABA’s overall service mission with a concentration on the Adult Care Centers located in Charlottesville and Louisa and Mountainside Senior Living, a JABA assisted living community located in Crozet.  Regina moved to Charlottesville in 2012 after living in Indiana for nearly 30 years. A move with the best interest of her parents in mind.

As our local, federally mandated, area on aging, The Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) is a nonprofit, established in 1975 to serve the needs of the community in the Thomas Jefferson Planning district. This includes the city of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson.

Working with state and local government, educational institutions, private citizens, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations, JABA consistently rises to the challenge of its mission: to promote, establish and preserve sustainable communities for healthy aging that benefit individuals and families of all ages.

JABA has been recognized repeatedly as a national leader in providing services to the aging community. Thanks to JABA’s tireless commitment to plan and coordinate regional efforts on aging, Central Virginia was named as one of the United States top seven “Livable Communities for All Ages.”

Regina Kerns
Mar 13, 2018 5:30 PM