The Value of Engineering in Critical Times

Coronavirus has confronted us with innumerable challenges. Some of them were already on the plate and are now urgent objectives to achieve. The lack of engineers, for instance, is a reality and weighs more heavily in times of crisis.

  www.ien.eu – The Value of Engineering in Critical Times


Prof. Gong Ke, President at the World Federation of Engineering Organizations

The Engineer – Expert Q&A: Engineering a response to COVID-19

Three of the UK’s leading manufacturers – Jaguar Land Rover, Renishaw and Protolabs – discuss the role that they have played in the engineering response to the COVID-19 crisis.

  The Engineer – Expert Q&A: Engineering a response to COVID-19


Machining and inspection programs for ventilator part designs had to be produced in record time by Renishaw’s engineers

Princeton engineering team to use NSF RAPID grant to investigate asymptomatic spread of COVID-19, test strategies for prevention

A National Science Foundation grant will support Princeton researchers studying how COVID-19 may be spread by people without symptoms through everyday social interactions involving breathing and speaking.

  www.princeton.edu – Princeton engineering team to use NSF RAPID grant to investigate asymptomatic spread of COVID-19, test strategies for prevention


Le projet MODSIR19*, porté par le CHRU de Nancy et Mines Nancy – Des outils pour comprendre, surveiller et anticiper une épidémie

Le projet MODSIR19, porté par le CHRU de Nancy et Mines Nancy, école d’ingénieurs de l’Université de Lorraine, s’inscrit dans le cadre de la crise sanitaire du Covid19.

Cet outil de simulation, à visée pédagogique, a pour but de montrer les principaux facteurs influents sur une épidémie, et d’en visualiser les effets sur un graphe.

  www.chru-nancy.fr – Le projet MODSIR19 – Simulation et prédiction. Des outils pour comprendre, surveiller et anticiper une épidémie


* initiative commune des élèves et alumni de Mines Nancy, en collaboration avec le CHRU de Nancy, sous la direction des Professeurs Gilles Karcher, Pierre-Etienne Moreau et Christian Rabaud. Marmelab accompagne l’équipe dans l’accélération du développement de cette interface.

Engenheiros e profissionais de saúde de Brasília criam respirador mecânico

Um grupo de engenheiros, médicos e fisioterapeutas de Brasília desenvolveu um respirador mecânico de baixo custo e agora pretende disponibilizar o equipamento em grande escala. Eles não têm fins lucrativos com o projeto e pedem ajuda política para realizar os trâmites burocráticos de aprovação do produto o mais rápido possível.

  www.correiobraziliense.com.br – Engenheiros e profissionais de saúde de Brasília criam respirador mecânico


O equipamento é simples e ainda vai ser apresentado à Anvisa (foto: Divulgação)

Em Ponta Grossa, profissionais da engenharia e acadêmicos desenvolvem protótipo de ventilador mecânico

O respirador foi desenvolvido no Laboratório Colaborativo (COLLAB), da Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, e contou com a participação de seis acadêmicos, dois professores e uma fisioterapeuta.

  www.crea-pr.org.br – Em Ponta Grossa, profissionais da engenharia e acadêmicos desenvolvem protótipo de ventilador mecânico


ASME Studies the Impact of COVID-19 on Engineering

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is conducting an ongoing study tracking how COVID-19 is impacting the ASME community and engineering organizations. The first phase of the survey had close to 3,000 responses. This video highlights some of the responses and the ways the pandemic is changing how engineers work.

See more on how ASME has been actively responding to the unique challenge of this moment: https://www.asme.org/covid-19

  www.asme.org – ASME Studies the Impact of COVID-19 on Engineering


Academy maps out engineering challenges for recovery from COVID-19

In a briefing published today, the Royal Academy of Engineering highlights the key engineering-related risks and opportunities that COVID-19 poses for the UK beyond the immediate crisis response, drawing on the expertise of Academy Fellows and its partners in the National Engineering Policy Centre, who collectively represent 450,000 engineers across the UK.

  www.raeng.org.uk – Academy maps out engineering challenges for recovery from COVID-19


Engineers are some of the hidden heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic

What would our shelter-in-place COVID-19 experiences be like in Canada without engineering technology advancements such as smart phones, Zoom, Amazon or Netflix? What would the mortality outcomes of COVID-19 be without technology advances in health care that have allowed us to decode the novel Coronavirus genome in a month, access geospatial information systems to help pinpoint areas of infection and the use of ventilators to treat critical patients?

  www.vancouversun.com – Engineers are some of the hidden heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic


Engineers work on developing a new kind of respirator for COVID-19 patients. GERARD JULIEN / AFP via Getty Images

Engineers supporting children’s learning during COVID-19 lockdown

Engineering professionals across the UK are supporting both primary and secondary pupils learning via fascinating online interviews during the COVID-19 lockdown. The ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ competition, known as the Leaders Award and run by Primary Engineer, is offering pupils from 3 through to 19 the opportunity to join online interviews with engineering professionals and then identify a problem in the world and design a solution to it as a home project.

  www.theengineer.co.uk – Engineers supporting children’s learning during COVID-19 lockdown


From left: Douglas Macartney with his flat-pack wind turbine that can be air-dropped into disaster zones and refugee camps, Maisie Crook with her ‘Bicycle Sucker’ bicycle water pump, Savannagh Dunne who designed a height adjustable sink, and Krystyna Marshall with her exo-skeleton jacket which replaces the muscles for sufferers of Spinal Muscular Atrophy SMA.

[Covid-19] Les écoles d’ingénieurs au front

Impression 3D d’accessoires, mission sur le télétravail et la cybersécurité, projets de recherches… Les établissements se mobilisent pour faire face à la crise sanitaire.

  www.usinenouvelle.com – [Covid-19] Les écoles d’ingénieurs au front


En plus de la fourniture de masques, les élèves et agents de Mines ParisTech ont réalisé des visières, imprimées en 3D, pour les soignants de l’AP-HP.

Covid-19 : une start-up incubée à Tech 360 offre son expertise en téléconsultation

Medeo est une start-up qui propose des solutions pour digitaliser la santé, à travers notamment le développement de la télémédecine. Medeo a été incubée à Tech 360, l’incubateur ECAM Lyon, entre 2016 et 2019.

Dans le cadre de la lutte contre le Covid-19, cette jeune entreprise a été reconnue par le Ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé comme l’une des solutions aidant les professionnels de la santé à pratiquer la médecine à distance.

  www.ecam.fr – Covid-19 : une start-up incubée à Tech 360 offre son expertise en téléconsultation


Le Cirtes (Centre Européen de Développement Rapide de Produit) crée des visières en série pour les hopitaux

Le centre d’ingénierie de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges a travaillé avec le CHU de Nancy pour fabriquer des visières de protection qui répondent aux besoins des hôpitaux. La production a été lancée il y a quelques jours. Elle va monter en puissance pour atteindre jusqu’à 800 pièces par jour.

  www.vosgesmatin.fr – Le Cirtes crée des visières en série pour les hopitaux


L’équipe d’anesthésie-réanimation de l’hôpital Central, à Nancy, avec les visières du Cirtes. Photo DR

From modeling disease spread to the hunt for a vaccine, COVID-19 spurs engineers to prove anew that necessity is the mother of invention.

Well into April, the United States fought the highly contagious coronavirus with one hand tied behind its back, lacking a reliable treatment, short of basic personal protective equipment like masks and hospital gowns, and shifting ventilators among hospitals and between states to keep severely ill patients breathing. A vaccine was at best months away. Perhaps most crucially, the country lacked knowledge: How was the virus changing, and how would interventions, such as quarantines, affect the spread of a mutating pathogen?

Prism is a magazine published by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

  www.asee-prism.org – Intensive Care