Engineering Innovations in Response to the Challenges of the Pandemic

Engineering Innovations in Response to the Challenges of the Pandemic

(UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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
  • Harvey V. Fineberg is president of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He previously served as president of the U.S. Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine), as provost of Harvard University, and as dean of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Prior to joining a philanthropic foundation, he devoted most of his academic ...

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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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  • Dr. Rebecca Shipley is Professor of Healthcare Engineering at UCL, and Director of the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering. Her research interests lie in mathematical and computational modelling in medicine and biology, tissue engineering and human physiology, with a particular emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches which integrate data 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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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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