The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences is collaborating with the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Infectious Disease Group to provide engineering expertise on the design and fabrication process of the face masks. A generous gift of $10,000 from Stony Brook Engineering alumni couple Dawn Zier, most recently the CEO of Nutrisystem, and her husband Steve, was used to facilitate the initial production of the new high-volume mask design.
Dr. Bettina Fries, Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, has a neighbor who is an R&D specialist at a local manufacturing company. She approached him with the idea that the company where he works could make a prototype of the face shield that she uses. He borrowed the face shield and developed a prototype that fits guidelines for use in a medical facility. He then worked with the CEO of the company (Clear-Vu Lighting) to develop the product.
Manufacturing is beginning with an order of 220,000 new face shields that will be deployed to Stony Brook University Hospital. The first shields were made available Friday, March 27. The prototype has been further developed for an easy fit and mass production, which is expected to start by early April. Clear-Vu Lighting is gearing up with an expectation to produce 40,000 face shields per day and approximately 1.2 million per month. Production of face shields to Stony Brook will include supplies for Stony Brook University Hospital and many metro-area hospitals.
“We are working side-by-side with our colleagues in the School of Medicine to support the clinicians and healthcare workers who are in the front lines of this pandemic,” said Jon Longtin, Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “We are privileged to do our part and support this important, life-saving initiative — a testament of the cross-campus collaboration and teamwork that takes place at Stony Brook every day.”