April 17, 2018 | 0 comments

Engineers week is an event held at George Mason university that showcase Mason’s next biggest innovations. The week consists of events starting on Tuesday, February 20th going on till Friday of that week. During this week the participants have time to look over the various projects Mason has been doing over the past few years. The events consist of various demos, speakers, and hands-on projects; through these events upcoming freshman and other participants can truly see what the engineering department, at Mason, has to offer.
STAR-TIDES conducts one of the demos in the Engineering building during the week. In this demo we assemble a hexayurt, which is a shelter designed to be built easily in developing countries. The concept behind it revolves around the idea of providing a shelter for areas so that they can grow within their community instead of migrating into other countries. If they are able to stay within their home country then we can help those countries develop even more and hopefully build their info structure to new heights. The shelter is easy to build and that is why we chose it as a resource to be used in case of man made disasters.
The hexayurt shelter is a free and simple technology that is open to anyone. The proprietary factor of it is that it can be mass produced with little materials. Those materials can then be easily packaged in ship towards area that are going through a economic crisis. Therefore, the shelter is a great tool which helps...

April 11, 2018 | 0 comments

In the past year STAR-TIDES has undergone major improvements.  Since its beginning in 2007, the global STAR-TIDES network has focused on knowledge sharing. The network now includes several thousand nodes, from universities in Asia, to NGOs in Europe and Africa, to the Red Cross, elements of the U.S. government, as well as companies and think tanks in the Americas.  It truly is a public-private, whole-of-society, trans-national effort. 

 The Global STAR-TIDES Network

The global STAR-TIDES network

STAR-TIDES now is being coordinated out of the new Community Resilience Laboratory (Lab) that has been set up at George Mason University (GMU), in Fairfax, VA, near Washington, DC.  The Lab is located within the School of Engineering at Mason and not only provides an organizational focal point, but also opportunities for trans-disciplinary research and coordination, as well as support to real world activities.  Trans-disciplinary implies the inclusion of practitioners who know what’s happening “on the ground” together with cross-cutting multi-disciplinary insights.

The annual technology demonstration also moved to GMU in 2017, from National Defense University (NDU).  This offers much more space and fewer security...

May 19, 2016 | 0 comments

As the first-ever international humanitarian summit is only a week away, Turkey's leading aid organizations are focusing on the need to "localize aid" with "stronger local actors". As Istanbul gets ready to host the World Humanitarian Summit between May 23-24, Anadolu Agency spoke to domestic NGOs who say empowering local communities is the best way to cope with disasters. Head of the Turkish Red Crescent, Kerem Kinik, says if local humanitarian aid groups are not strengthened "communities will be more open to disasters". "Aid made by larger international organizations in local places is not sustainable and results in very high costs." Kinik says reform of the humanitarian aid system is needed, describing it as "reshaping aid". More at

May 13, 2016 | 0 comments

Civil wars divide nations along social, economic, and political lines, often pitting neighbors against each other. In the aftermath of civil wars, many countries undertake truth and reconciliation efforts to restore social cohesion, but little has been known about whether these programs reach their intended goals. A new study suggests reconciliation programs promote societal healing, but that these gains come at the cost of reduced psychological health, worsening depression, anxiety, and trauma. More at