University of Virginia associate architecture professor Earl Mark was disheartened by the magnitude of Europe's refugee crisis, which he witnessed firsthand when traveling by rail from Budapest, Hungary to Vienna, Austria for a fall conference.
Now, thanks to UVA's participation in a statewide research partnership, Mark
is doing something about it.
is one of six UVA
faculty members receiving grants from the 4-VA
program, a partnership between UVA, George Mason University, James Madison University, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University
Funded by the state legislature, 4-VA
promotes inter-university collaboration to improve research, teaching and job opportunities in the commonwealth, with a focus on STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - efforts.
Many research projects funded by 4-VA
involve graduate and undergraduate students, providing experiential learning opportunities valuable in the job market.
Mark and UVA engineering professor Hilary Bart-Smith are partnering with Virginia Tech engineering professor Tom Martin to develop emergency shelters using tension membrane fabric.
"Shelter-in-Place Structures" - Earl Mark, associate professor of architecture, collaborating with colleagues at UVA and Virginia Tech