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.
As Covid-19 cases increased worldwide, mechanical engineers at MIT developed solutions to help slow and stop the spread of the virus.
Faculty and teaching staff in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering developed creative solutions when transitioning hands-on classes from in-person to remote in Spring 2020.
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.