Engineering for COVID

Coronavirus cells, illustration

COVID is a wicked problem.
Engineers are finding solutions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, engineers are our first-response problem solvers, well suited to tackle the crisis we are currently facing. They are responding to the call to identify and create potential solutions with the power to help our nation, and the world, beat COVID-19.

Engineers fighting COVID-19 – together

 Innovating on solutions for protection equipment, medical devices, hospital efficiencies and educational solutions, engineering schools across America are banding together to tackle COVID-19. Engineering for COVID is a collaboration of top engineering schools taking daring and quick action to mitigate the impact of COVID on our global community.

Adapting Emergency Ventilators for COVID-19 Patients

Northwestern University

Northwestern engineers have found a way to retrofit a common commercial emergency ventilator into a device better suited for COVID-19 patients, providing higher inspiratory and end-expiratory pressures that gives physicians the variable control needed to prevent lung damage.

Chip for biomolecule detection may help in COVID-19 testing

Purdue University

A patented method for single biomolecule detection that overcomes limitations of current technologies may help in the fight against COVID-19.

Modeling COVID-19: New Forecasts Explore Coronavirus Predictions, Medical Logistics and the Future of Transportation

University of Texas at Austin

SARS-CoV-2, and the COVID-19 disease it causes, only emerged late last year, and its rapid spread around the world has experts racing to find ways to forecast its impact. Several researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering are putting together models looking at crucial decisions and information surrounding the virus.


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Engineering Solutions

From just-in-time manufacturing of 3D-printed respirator parts to much needed PPE masks, shields and gowns, our nations engineers are creating prototypes and viable products that can be used by health care workers across the nation.

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Attacking COVID

As the virus continues to spread and the number of infected individuals increases, biomedical engineers and bioengineers are looking at novel ways to fight COVID-19. RNA therapeutics and gene editing are just some of the ways that engineers are creating solutions that address the spread of the virus.

Innovation in Learning

With K-12 schools closed across the country, many engineering universities are offering online courses available to young students, with STEM topics ranging from computer engineering to aerospace systems and design.