Engineering Research and COVID-19

CAE Fellows have been providing leadership in a variety of ways to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some examples are below. Please also see resources and stories from the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


September 27 – Mike Carter, FCAE, contributes to “A little engineering, a lot of customer service: What it will take to fix COVID-19 test lineups” | CBC News

September 22 – Milos R. Popovic, FCAE, works with Toronto’s smart textile company Myant Inc. addressing the need for remote care during COVID-19 pandemic through wearable tech | Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

September 1 – A University of Toronto Engineering team, including Javad Mostaghimi, FCAE, and Mohini Sain, FCAE, are developing a new way to coat minute particles of copper onto the inside of fabrics, such as those used in face masks. The technology could provide an additional layer of safety to help slow the spread of COVID-19 | University of Toronto Engineering News

August 19 –  Mary Wells, FCAE, Dean at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and other Canadian engineers have adapted their research to develop COVID-specific diagnostic, treatment and tracking solutions | Vancouver Sun

August 11 – Sridhar (Sri) Krishnan, FCAE,  Associate Dean of Research in Ryerson University’s Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, has developed a ‘covidascope’, an app that monitors COVID-19 health vitals. It tracks vitals like cough, heart rate, breathing effort and oxygen level | Ryerson University

August 10 – Mary Wells, FCAE, provides results from the Canadian Engineering Research Survey on COVID-19 (May – June 2020) | Engineering Deans Canada

August 5 – Carl-Eric Aubin, FCAE, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal and Executive Director of the Institut TransMedTech de Montréal, has been working to ensure the safety of those practicing dentistry, ophthalmology and otorhinolaryngology during COVID-19 | Polytechnique Montréal 

July 21 – Ishwar Puri, FCAE, on his work in COVID-19 technology and the importance of an adaptable research culture | McMaster University

July 14 – Sushanta Mitra, FCAE, is working with Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) on research to develop a coating that will kill the COVID-19 virus immediately upon contact with any surface | University of Waterloo

June 18 – Engineering Solutions to COVID-19 | University of Calgary

June 3 – Greg Naterer, FCAE: “In the midst of coronavirus crisis lies great opportunity for Canada’s offshore oil and gas industry” | The Conversation

May 19 – U of G Project to Predict Future COVID-19 Impacts on Canada’s Health-Care System to be led by Ed McBean, FCAE | University of Guelph

May 19Steve Hrudey, FCAE, University of Alberta expert, helping lead national pilot project to test wastewater for signs of COVID-19 | University of Alberta

May 2 – Mary Wells: Engineers are some of the hidden heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic | Vancouver Sun

April 27 – COVID-19: Kamran Behdinan, FCAE, among a team of researchers at the University Health Network (UHN), design a ‘last resort’ breathing machine prototype heading to clinical trials | University of Toronto

April 9 – Can lowering emissions improve the odds against COVID-19? Professor Greg Evans, FCAE, examines the evidence | University of Toronto

April 9 – Prof. Milica Radisic, FCAE, among team of University of Toronto Engineering researchers working to better understand COVID-19 using ‘organ-on-a-chip’ technology | University of Toronto

April 6 – Virtual Café with Associate Dean John Preston | McMaster University Engineering

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