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Last updated Thursday, December 1, 2022 18:05 ET

Georgia Tech aerospace engineering student, Mirza Samnani volunteered more than 1,000 hours to develop early warning systems for avalanches in Tajikistan.
Mirza Samnani has a passion for using his engineering skill set to help people. Recently, the Georgia Tech aerospace engineering master’s student volunteered more than 1,000 hours over 10 months to develop early warning systems for avalanches in Central Asia.
Samnani hiked over 9,200 feet — three times — to install two weather stations in the remote village of Manem in Tajikistan. This project has the potential to affect more than 1 million people in hundreds of villages in the high mountainous regions of Central and South Asia including Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan that are prone to avalanches every winter. It can also be scaled to other parts of the world where avalanches pose a high risk.
Samnani was contacted by a member of Madad, a nonprofit organization that works to save lives within impoverished communities that are especially vulnerable to climate change. The group came across his previous work building life-saving robots for a hospital in his hometown of Mumbai, India, during the pandemic. Seeing his love for helping others and his engineering skills, they invited Samnani to join Madad.
High mountain regions in Central Asia, Karakoram, Hindu-Kush, and the Himalayas are prone to snow avalanches, whose frequency and intensity are expected to increase due to atmospheric warming. The lack of a...

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