January 28, 2010
NC State Alumnus Uses Social Media to Track Haiti Quake Survivors
The massive earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12th devastated the country, leading to an estimated 150,000 deaths. Now, an NC State alumnus and Haiti native has employed his talents to help people get in touch with friends and loved ones using social networking technology.
Michael Maximilien (aka Max) (M.S., 2001; Ph.D, 2005) has developed the Haiti Quake People Finder (http://haiti-survivors.org), an application for the Facebook social networking site. The constantly evolving application allows users to socially construct, track, and share information about friends and family who were in Haiti when the earthquake hit.