This movie projection is offered exclusively to KAUST community members as part of the opening night of Enrichment in the Spring, and is suitable for the whole family.
SlingShot focuses on Segway inventor Dean Kamen, his fascinating life, and his work to solve the world’s water crisis.
Dean Kamen is a modern hero whose inventions have helped countless people in need. ‘SlingShot’ is a film about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion, will, and innovative thinking to create a solution for a crisis that affects billions.
Best known for his Segway Human Transporter, Kamen has reconceived kidney dialysis, engineered an electric wheelchair that can travel up stairs (the iBot), reworked the heart stent, built portable insulin pumps, founded FIRST robotics to inspire young students, and is the holder of over 440 U.S. and foreign patents.
Over the last 15 years, Kamen has pursued an effective way to clean up the world’s water supply. This has resulted in Slingshot, an energy efficient vapor compression distiller that can turn any unsafe source of water into potable, safe water without any need for chemical additives or filters.
The SlingShot machine is capable of producing roughly 1000 liters (250 gallons) of pure, distilled water every day, using only the power of a hairdryer. Once installed in a remote village, it can supply the daily water needs for up to 100 people, providing drinking, washing and cooking water.
SlingShot traces the story of Dean Kamen’s water purification machine from its earliest development through recent trials in five schools in rural Ghana and beyond. Kamen’s passion and commitment to the impossible are as inspiring as his revolutionary technology.
This screening features a discussion after the movie with Prof. NorEddine Ghaffour, Research Professor, Water Desalination & Reuse Research Center at KAUST and Prof. TorOve Leiknes, Director of the Water Desalination & Reuse Research Center at KAUST.
The discussion after this movie will be moderated by members of the student Green Group, Matthew Tietbohl and Vanessa Robitzch.
A cocktail reception will be served prior to this screening from 6:00 pm, for the opening of the photography exhibition.
This documentary is brought to you by the Office of Enrichment Programs in collaboration with the University Library.
Matthew Tietbohl is a Master's Student in the Red Sea Research Center at KAUST. Matthew is also a member of the KAUST Student Green Group. Click here to view his profile on the KAUST Reef Ecology Lab website.
Dr. Noreddine Ghaffour is a Research Professor at WDRC-KAUST. He is an expert in water desalination technologies and its related fields, such as renewable energy-driven and innovative energy-efficient desalination technologies. Click here to visit his KAUST page.
Dr. TorOve Leiknes is Director of WDRC and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at WDRC-KAUST. Research interest focuses on advanced water treatment. Click here to visit his KAUST page.
Dr. Vanessa Robitzch was born on San Andres Isla, in the Colombian Caribbean. Amazed by the magnitude of our oceans and its mysterious inhabitant, she went on to study a Bachelor of Science in biology, at the University of Regensburg, Germany. She continued with a Masters in International Studies of Aquatic Tropical Ecology (ISATEC) at the Center for Marine Tropics (ZMT) in Bremen, Germany. In Fall, 2013, she joined the Reef Ecology Lab at KAUST as a PhD student in marine biology. Currently, Vanessa works as a postdoctoral research assistant for the Laboratory of Genomics and Molecular Ecology, in the Faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Sciences at the Austral University of Chile (UACh), Valdivia.
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