Wednesday, October 13, 2004


A real world MacGyver

Sometimes keeping it simple pays of. Wired has the story on  Amy Smith, A MacGyver for the Third World,  that got $500.000 from the McArthur Foundation for her brilliant work.

An engineer who is uninterested in advancing technologies is, to put it mildly, a rarity. So rare, in fact, that the MacArthur Foundation awarded one such engineer $500,000.

Mechanical engineer Amy Smith, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology instructor, joined the MacArthur fellowship fold last week, receiving the so-called "genius award" and a colossal cash prize. Her award-winning feat? Using old technology in fresh ways to improve the lives of entire communities. 


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