COVID-19 Articles

Check out the latest trends from the engineering community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Developing Ventilation Systems

July 2, 2020

Purdue University’s Professor Qingyan Chen discusses his lab’s work on developing a ventilation system that would prevent the transmission of pathogens like the novel coronavirus.

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Smarter Safer Lung Ventilator

June 8, 2020

By rapidly pulsing small amounts of air into the lungs at different frequencies, an experimental ventilator can reduce lung injuries and achieve better medical outcomes.

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Negative Pressure Helmet Becomes Respirator to Protect Healthcare Workers

May 28, 2020

By fitting a vacuum to a helmet, a mechanical engineering professor finds a low-cost method to isolate and filter breathing of infectious disease patients.

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Computational Lung Model May Guide How Ventilators are Used

May 20, 2020

Software creates a digital twin that calculates tissue strain and optimum pressure from a ventilator.

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Bridge Ventilators Fill the Gap

May 13, 2020

A simple breathing aid may help COVID-19 patients without a ventilator.

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Innovation in the Time of COVID-19

May 12, 2020

The pandemic forced many mechanical engineers to work remotely. How are they fostering design innovation from afar?

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Automaker Supply Chains Breathe Life into Ventilators

May 5, 2020

How can GM scale up production from 12 ventilators weekly to 30,000 by the end of August? It takes a strong supply chain.

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Medtronic Opens its PB560 Ventilator Files to Makers

April 27, 2020

Sourcing parts may be a problem, but engineers applaud the effort.

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COVID-19 May Change the Engineering Workforce

April 24, 2020

Engineers will be needed more than ever before after the world returns to a semblance of normalcy.

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The Robot Will See You Now

April 22, 2020

Pandemics are global. Worldwide, roboticists are joining the fight.

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Manufacturing Blog: Rebuilding the Medical Device Supply Chain

July 7, 2020

Diversified sourcing, automation and reshoring are in the mix to reboot healthcare supply chains.

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Robotics Blog: Making Robots Ubiquitous Post-Pandemic

June 23, 2020

How hospitals, manufacturers, and supply chains will use robots to scale-up operations quickly and into the future.

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Manufacturing Blog: Smarter Manufacturing after the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 30, 2020

COVID-19 has forced engineers to rely on a digital toolset to manufacture smarter.

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Workforce Blog: Engineering the New Workplace After the Pandemic

June 3, 2020

What steps can offices, factories, schools, and shops take to keep from spreading diseases?

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Rebooting After the Pandemic: A talk with ASME's CEO

May 26, 2020

A six-part special series that brings together top engineers, scientists, futurists and other experts to discuss the role that technology is playing in helping to reboot the critical industrial ecosystems.

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Video: ASME Studies the Engineering Impact of COVID-19

May 4, 2020

ASME is conducting an ongoing study tracking how COVID-19 is impacting the ASME community and engineering organizations. This video highlights some of the responses and the ways the pandemic is changing how engineers work.

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Video: Engineering Challenges to Making Ventilators

April 27, 2020

Building biomedical equipment is harder than it looks. Find out why.

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Podcast: Digital Solutions During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 28, 2020

Many engineers are working remotely but the manufacturing show must go on. Digital solutions are helping bridge the gap.

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Infographic: 7 Ways COVID-19 May Change Our World

June 11, 2020

COVID-19 may have ever-lasting effects on our day-to-day engineering lives.

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Infographic: Engineers at Work, Apart and Together

May 6, 2020

A survey of engineers during the first weeks of the widespread stay-at-home orders shows how – and how well – things are going.

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Infographic: What Makes Ventilators Hard to Engineer

April 9, 2020

Ventilators are crucial medical devices in treating COVID-19 patients. Here are some of the key challenges engineers face in their design.

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A Ventilator for Everyone

April 20, 2020

With ventilators in short supply researchers at the Bakken Medical Devices Center have created a simplified version that can be produced quickly and on the cheap.

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8 Ways 3D Printing is Helping Fight Coronavirus

April 15, 2020

How 3D printer manufacturers, as well as manufacturers with 3D printers, are converting their processes to produce emergency medical supplies to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Transforms Lives on Engineering Campuses

April 14, 2020

Undergrads at engineering colleges across the country are studying online while faculty, grad students and researchers turn their expertise to flattening the curve of COVID-19.

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Sharing Ventilators: Will Hacks Really Work?

April 13, 2020

With COVID-19 cases rising, engineers and physicians are hacking scarce ventilators to use on more than one patient. Could this be dangerous?

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How Engineers are Working Through the Pandemic

April 9, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the nation, engineers are asked to continue to work—whether at home or in the factory. How are they faring, and what are their biggest challenges?

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Modeling the Effect of Covid-19 on Supply Chains

April 6, 2020

Pinar Keskinocak is developing an agent-based model for COVID-19, one of the many roles engineers are playing in the current pandemic.

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Protolabs Dedicates Manufacturing to Battle the Coronavirus

April 3, 2020

Protolabs has shifted its production focus to help manufacture components for much needed medical equipment.

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Making the Most of a Virtual Job Fair

April 8, 2020

Practicing social distancing and looking for a job—without leaving your home—is possible, thanks to virtual career fairs. Here are eight steps to make the most of them.

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Coronavirus Update: Engineers to the Rescue

March 27, 2020

Engineers step up to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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OSHA Guidelines for Engineers Working During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 26, 2020

The Occupational Health & Safety Administration released guidelines for factory workers and engineers who may still be called into work on the factory floor—despite the surge of Covid-19.

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How Coronavirus is Reshaping the Engineering World

March 16, 2020

From supply chains to industrial investment to classrooms, Covid-19 is shaking up the engineering world.

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Workforce Blog: Coming Together and Making a Difference During COVID-19 Pandemic

April 21, 2020

When times are tough people come together. Engineers and technologists are on the forefront of working to mitigate the consequences of this deadly virus.

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Workforce Blog: Tell Me Your Stories

April 10, 2020

John Falcioni invites you to share how you have been coping with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bioengineering Blog: Supply Chains and the Health Crisis

March 18, 2020

As the world reacts to the Coronavirus outbreak, biomedical engineers and bioengineers are working to find ways to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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Bioengineering Blog: AI and Deep Learning Save Research Time During a Pandemic

March 24, 2020

Many of the successful applications of simulation, machine learning, and additive manufacturing will be highlighted over the coming months as the world addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Energy Blog: Invisible Heroes of Coronavirus Crisis

March 30, 2020

In modern society, some of the most important people are the hardest to see.

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Video: Dyson to Manufacture Ventilators to Fight COVID-19

April 2, 2020

To help hospitals that are strained and low on medical equipment during the coronavirus crisis, the U.K-based vacuum company, Dyson, has designed a ventilator for Covid-19 patients.

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Video: How Ford is Making Respirators for COVID-19

March 30, 2020

The video shows how Ford is addressing the shortages of surgical respirators in the fight against coronavirus by working with 3M to produce a new kind of Powered Air-Purifying Respirator.

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Video: U.S. Begins First Human Trial of Coronavirus Vaccine

March 23, 2020

Bioengineers are testing a new vaccine to fight the pandemic.

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Podcast: Ventilation System to Prevent Virus Spread

April 1, 2020

Purdue University’s Professor Qingyan Chen discusses a ventilation system that would prevent the airborne transmission of pathogens like Coronavirus.

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Infographic: What Makes a Ventilator Hard to Engineer?

April 9, 2020

Ventilators are crucial medical devices in treating COVID-19 patients. Here are some of the key challenges engineers face in their design.

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