Engineering Solutions

Engineers are problem solvers. When faced with what seems like an insurmountable hurdle, they shine.

The nations top engineering schools are creating technical solutions and prototypes including PPE, masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, respirator parts, and anything that can be 3D printed for the cause. The maker community, comprised largely of engineers, is heeding the call as well, creating health care solutions to slow the spread of the virus.

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.

Patented technology designed to stop tiny errors from crashing large health care, supply chain systems

Purdue University

Purdue University innovators have come up with a possible solution: A set of patented algorithms that predict, identify, diagnose and prevent abnormalities in large and complex systems.”

As Deep Cleaning Increases with COVID-19, Researchers Aim to Identify Which Disinfectants and Masks Work Best Together

University of Texas at Austin

The spread of coronavirus has spurred massive efforts to consistently disinfect everything from office buildings to schools to city buses. New cross-discipline research from the Cockrell School of Engineering aims to help minimize exposure to chemical byproducts created during the cleaning process by finding optimal combinations of protective masks and disinfectants.

University of Iowa Colleges of Engineering and Nursing collaborate to win an NSF RAPID grant to study cognitive work of triage nurses during COVID-19

University of Iowa

A human factors engineering researcher at the University of Iowa is collaborating with her colleagues in the UI College of Nursing, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospitals and Clinics to model decision making among triage nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their joint work is being funded by a new NSF RAPID grant.

MSU faculty member and son support coronavirus mask printing initiative

Michigan State University

Phil Hill, in the MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, supports an initiative to print face masks and shields for first responders and healthcare professionals in Mid-Michigan.

300,000 Face Shields and Counting

Georgia Institute of Technology

Maker spaces in Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering have been busy this spring. To date, more than 300,00 face shields and 200 intubation boxes have been manufactured by faculty and students and distributed to local healthcare agencies.

Facing the pandemic: Engineers’ rapid response to PPE needs

Ohio State University

To help address the urgent need for additional personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, The Ohio State University College of Engineering and College of Nursing Innovation Studio have implemented a system and method to provide 3-D printed visors with face shields to health care workers.

Penn State donates 10K pieces of personal protective equipment

Pennsylvania State University

When Pennsylvania medical facilities communicated a need for additional personal protective equipment (PPE) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State leapt into action.

Designing and providing Personal Protective Equipment to healthcare facilities.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

A community-wide effort to sew and prepare gowns and masks has been launched. And development of an N95 respirator is underway. The project is led by the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s Health Maker Lab and The Grainger College of Engineering, and it includes dozens of experts from across campus and Champaign-Urbana.

University of Minnesota researchers design respirator mask prototypes from filter technology

University of Minnesota

To address the desperate need for N95 protective masks, an interdisciplinary research team at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has designed two respirator mask prototypes from donated filter material by Cummins and bendable components from Bedford Industries.