1st NAE Covid-19 Call for Engineering Action: Concept Pitch Event

1st NAE Covid-19 Call for Engineering Action: Concept Pitch Event

  • Alice Liu
    Innovation-Node Los Angeles

    Alice Liu leads innovation activities at USC Viterbi School of Engineering including competitions, awards (Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition and the Min Family Engineering Social Entrepreneurship Challenge) and incubators. USC Viterbi is proud to be home to the Southern California node of the NSF I-Corps program to which Alice has ...

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We invite you to join us live online, on June 26 from 1:30-3:00 EDT, as the first set of teams from the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Call to Action against COVID-19 pitch their concepts to an Expert Review Committee of NAE members.

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Alice Liu
Innovation-Node Los Angeles

The NAE’s virtual incubator is facilitating development of hundreds of ideas for ways engineering can help address various aspects of the current pandemic, catalyzing collaboration amongst a multi-generational range of engineers – from students in the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program to cutting edge researchers in the Frontiers of Engineering program to eminent members of the NAE itself – as well as other disciplines.

The five initial presentations below will each be followed by Q&A with the panel. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit comments in an ongoing chat.

Wearable Sensors for Remote Monitoring of COVID-19 Patients (Team Lead: Sheng Xu, University of California, San Diego)A first-of-its-kind wearable bandage incorporating a wireless sensor that could monitor five vital signs pertinent to the COVID-19 patients, enabling better isolation of patients and enhanced data collection.

Handless Door Opener (Team Lead: Logan Kocka, Miami University of Ohio): An international team of students who met at a Global Grand Challenges Summit in London, will present a design for a foot-operated door opener compatible with lever and knob latch handles.

More efficient and effective COVID-19 vaccine delivery (Team Lead: Burak O Ozdoganlar, Carnegie Mellon University): An innovation to administer considerably smaller doses of vaccine using needleless delivery directly into the skin, where immunological response is enhanced, through a mechanism that could allow immunization of more people per batch.

At-Home Diagnostics for COVID-19 Infection and Immunity (Team Lead: Jin Kim Montclare, New York University): A single paper-based test, like a pregnancy-test, would show an instant color change if either you are currently or have previously been infected with the novel coronavirus.

Self-disinfecting N-95 masks (Team Lead: Melissa Banks, University of Southern California): Traditional masks trap COVID19 in filter fibers sitting directly atop the nose and mouth. As the virus accumulates, infection becomes increasingly likely. The proposed method would integrate a copper coating that is able to destroy both viral and bacterial pathogens without the need for manual disinfection.