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CASA and EWB Star in New Videos

The UMass News & Media Relations Office has produced two very informative and complimentary videos about The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) and our campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). The videos demonstrate quite graphically how CASA and EWB are both making big waves reaching far beyond campus. The CASA video describes the organization’s revolutionary new weather-sensing radar networks, while the EWB video (UMass Engineers Without Borders Head to Kenya) covers the group’s new well, installed this fall in Western Kenya.

Two student interns in the News and Information Office, Jennifer DeBerardinis and Alex Wider, edited and worked extensively on the productions.

As the youtube page, where the CASA video is posted, notes, “Every moment counts when it comes to identifying and tracking dangerous storms, such as tornadoes. The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) is creating revolutionary weather-sensing networks to save lives and property by evaluating the lower atmosphere. UMass Amherst is the lead institution in this research partnership, supported by the National Science Foundation.”

The youtube site describes the EWB video this way: “Residents in the Kenyan village of Namawanga have a new, clean source of drinking water, thanks to the UMass Amherst chapter of Engineers Without Borders. The volunteer student chapter raised $15,000 and installed a deep-bore well, an achievement celebrated with great joy by the African community.”

“We’ve just posted a great video of student service in Kenya, the story of Engineers Without Borders installing a deep-bore well to create a new water supply for villagers,” said UMass Director of News and Information Ed Blaguszewski. “This includes substantial footage from one of our world-traveling flipcams. Please share the link widely with students, faculty, and alumni who may be interested.” (May 2010)