Engineering Innovations in Response to the Challenges of the Pandemic

Engineering Innovations in Response to the Challenges of the Pandemic

Details
April
19
2021
09
00
AM
to
April
19
2021
11
00
AM
(UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Schedule
Monday, Apr 19, 2021
  • 09:00 AM To 09:05 AM
    Greetings from the President
  • 09:05 AM To 09:10 AM
    Welcome from the seminar series sponsor
  • 09:10 AM To 09:15 AM
    Introduction of the seminar speakers
  • 09:15 AM To 09:30 AM
    Foundation and Flexibility: Overcoming Technical Challenges During the Pandemic
  • 09:30 AM To 09:45 AM
    Securing the Supply Chain for Key Raw Materials for Surgical Masks – Sinopec's Rapid Scale-Up of Melt-Blown Fabric Production
  • 09:45 AM To 10:00 AM
    The UCL-Ventura CPAP Device: Engineering a 'Just-In-Time' COVID-19 Solution
  • 10:00 AM To 10:50 AM
    Roundtable discussion – moderator, speakers, and discussants
  • 11:00 AM To 11:00 AM
    Seminar concludes
Speakers
  • Mr. Rodney K. Hehenberger is Vice President and Technical Director of the Personal Safety Division of 3M. Since starting with the company in 1997, he has worked in various roles as an engineer, researcher, and manager. This includes development of medical devices, personal care components, and a broad variety of personal protective equipment. From ...

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  • Dr. Dan Wang received a B.E. degree in materials science and engineering and a Ph.D. degree in optical engineering from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 2008 and 2013, respectively. He was Visiting Scholar at Case Western Reserve University (2013-2015) ...

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  • Dr. Darryl Hwa Hwang is Assistant Professor of Research Biomedical Engineering and of Research Radiology at the University of Southern California (USC). In 2012, he was appointed director of the 4D Quantitative Imaging Lab at the Keck Medical Center of USC. Dr. Hwang assumed his current research post in the USC Department of Radiology in 2015 with ...

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  • Mr. Weishu Cheng is a professor-level senior engineer and the Plant Manager of Synthetic Resin Plant of Sinopec Yanshan Petrochemical Company. He has nearly 30 years of experience in synthetic resin industry. Before his current position, he had worked in a number of posts such as production line engineer, workshop director and plant manager of ...

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Join us on April 19 for an international webinar, Engineering Innovations in Response to the Challenges of the Pandemic, organized by the US National Academy of Engineering, Chinese Academy of Engineering, and UK Royal Academy of Engineering, highlighting the role of engineering in solving the many and varied challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. This first event in the series will focus on the initial phase of the pandemic, when, amid crippling widespread shortages, engineers availed themselves of whatever resources were on-hand to quickly and effectively apply them to the problems created by the pandemic.

 

Presentations will address:

  • the inventive steps that US manufacturer 3M took to significantly increase its production capacity for much-needed personal protective equipment,
  • a collaboration between University College London and Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains that resulted in the rapid development of a breathing aid to help keep COVID-19 patients out of intensive care, and
  • China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec)’s massive scale-up of melt-blown fabric production for medical supplies

Speakers will also participate in a roundtable discussion with additional experts invited to offer their perspectives and insights on the challenges confronted and solutions developed.

The webinar will be moderated by Dr. Harvey Fineberg, an internationally recognized leader in research on global health, the assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations. Dr. Fineberg is also the former president of the US Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) and recently chaired a committee providing on-demand COVID-19 policy advice to the US federal government.

The presentations and discussions will enlighten engineering students and seasoned professionals alike and bring new understanding of engineering’s role in meeting societal needs in times of adversity.

The event will begin live broadcasting at 9am EDT in the United States, 2pm BST in London, and 9pm China Standard Time.

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