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IEEE's core values include service to humanity: leveraging technology and engineering to benefit human welfare and promoting public awareness and understanding of the engineering profession. In support of IEEE's values, on the morning of 15 February 2008, I began my journey to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology in New Orleans, Louisiana. The school is the first in the area to reopen since Hurricane Katrina. Major collaborative efforts were initiated between the state, local city officials, parents, and by principal Doris Hicks, who was named Heroes Among Us 2007 by People magazine to expedite the schools reopening.