There are many Covid-19-related projects, research and response efforts taking place in every department at MIT, including at the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science (IMES). Just one project that has received attention is the design of disposable face shields that can be mass produced quickly to address hospitals’ needs nationwide. Recently, Elazer R. Edelman, the director of IMES, the Edward J. Poitras Professor in Medical Engineering and Science at MIT, and a cardiac intensive care unit cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, and Martin Culpepper, MIT professor of mechanical engineering, appeared on the NBC News Special Report: Coronavirus Pandemic to discuss this project. If you missed the broadcast, you can view it here.

Culpepper, director of Project Manus, and a member of MIT’s governance team on manufacturing opportunities for Covid-19, spearheaded the development of the technique in collaboration with a number of partners from MIT, local-area hospitals, and industry. The team has been working closely with the MIT Medical Outreach team and the Crisis Management Unit established by Vice President for Research Maria Zuber and directed by Edelman.

The NBC story about the broadcast and the project is here: