MechE Connects is the bi-annual newsletter for MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE). Each issue explores one theme that reflects the cutting-edge research being conducted at MechE, in addition to providing an overview of the latest departmental news.
In this special issue of MechE Connects, we highlight just a few examples of how our faculty, students, staff, and alumni have used their minds, hands, and hearts to innovate, develop solutions, and support others in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Instructors in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have introduced new innovative methods of teaching hands-on classes which may inform educational best practices for years to come.
Graduate students Ivan Goryachev and Ryan Koeppen ’19 have been working on the development of a thermal trailer and subsequent kiosks that could be deployed on campus during the Covid-19 pandemic.
MechE alum Jasmine Florentine ’11, SM ’15 has illustrated a series of educational posters that clearly demonstrate health, hygiene, and safety best practices related to Covid-19.
As both a biomedical engineer and physician, Assistant Professor Giovanni Traverso has been leading a number of Covid-19 related projects including reusable masks, splitting ventilators and a vitals-sensing robot.
Several groups in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering have been developing technologies to help hospitals around the world provide life-saving oxygen to patients with Covid-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
As Covid-19 cases increased worldwide, mechanical engineers at MIT developed solutions to help slow and stop the spread of the virus.