Attacking the Virus

We’re working quickly – with partners in health care – to stop COVID-19 through virus research.

While biomedical engineers look for ways to attack the virus itself, other engineers work with the medical community to develop rapid testing kits. Bioengineers are looking for ways to combat the virus by better understanding its molecular makeup, and industrial engineers are working to improve hospital efficiency and logistics for first responders.


Cockrell School, Dell Med School Team Up to 3D Print Masks for Health Care Workers

University of Texas at Austin

Health care workers treating COVID-19 patients are facing a shortage of face masks and other personal protective equipment that could shield them when exposed to the virus. A group of researchers in the Cockrell School’s Texas Inventionworks innovation hub and UT’s Dell Medical School are exploring new ways to tackle that problem by 3D printing components of these masks.

Trusting Robots Is Key to Fighting the Next Pandemic

Purdue University

In a Forbes opinion piece, Neera Jain, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, describes how robotic nurses have helped care for COVID-19 patients in an Italian hospital — one example of automated technology’s valuable role in combating the pandemic. In other countries, she observes, robots also are being used for important disinfection and delivery tasks.

Northwestern to Lead New NIH Program Fast-tracking COVID-19 Testing Technologies

Northwestern University

Northwestern and partner institutions will lead RADx, a program that aims to quickly develop and scale new technological innovations that can dramatically increase COVID-19 testing capacity in the US.

Machine learning model created at MSU finds SARS-COV-2 growing more infectious

Michigan State University

A novel machine learning model developed by researchers at Michigan State University suggests that mutations to the SARS-CoV-2 genome have made the virus more infectious.

illustration of coronavirus structure

How contact tracing apps could help us fight COVID-19

Ohio State University

Ohio State College of Engineering researchers Ness Shroff and Dong Xuan have been developing a contact tracing app that protects your privacy. They share insight into these applications and how they might help.

Mary Frecker standing in front of medical equipment, photo

Penn State Center for Biodevices mobilizes for COVID-19 response

Pennsylvania State University

Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering and the Riess Chair in Engineering at Penn State, felt much of the same trepidation and anxiety that most are grappling with facing the emergence of COVID-19. But she realized that, as the director of the recently created Penn State Center for Biodevices, she had a role in helping to explore solutions, as so many others have at the University.