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Faculty, staff and students across McMaster Engineering have turned their focus on creating solutions to combat the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for local healthcare workers. 

In addition to joining other faculties last week in a large donation of supplies to local hospitals, McMaster engineers are designing and testing mask prototypes which can be made locally. 

This comes amid a call from the federal government for homegrown solutions to increase “desperately needed” equipment in the fight against COVID-19.

Overseen and coordinated by John Preston, Associate Dean of Research & External Relations and Ishwar K. Puri, Dean of Engineeringteams are working with manufacturing companies, government partners and local healthcare professionals with the goal of soon getting these prototypes to the frontlines. 

“There are close to a hundred individuals across the faculty – facultystaff members and students – involved in these activities, some remotely and others in labs across campus,” says Puri, calling the collective efforts “large and heroic.” 

The efforts are being coordinated by the office of the Associate Dean of Research, virtually connecting teams working on similar projects.

There's never been this kind of putting aside of egos and willingness to stretch outside of people's comfort zones," Preston told the CBC on Monday. 

Join Dr. John Preston on Youtube Live as he answers questions on current MacEng research and COVID-19 Initiatives