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Virtual WN@TL: “Engineering, Innovation and Ingenuity in Response to Covid”
December 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Speaker: Lennon Rodgers, Engineering
In March of this year UW Health urgently reached out to Lennon Rodgers in the College of Engineering to help prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases. The focus was initially on designing and manufacturing face shields, but soon expanded to other projects to help combat the spread of COVID-19. This “Badger Shield” effort was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, Nature and others because of their close collaboration with UW Health, focus on mass production and creating what has been called a “pop-up” supply chain. This talk will tell the story of how a group from across Madison came together to create Open Source designs that have been produced in the millions around the world.
Lennon Rodgers is the Director of the Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, which includes a makerspace, machine shop and a set of interdisciplinary design programs. He earned his PhD and M.S. from MIT and B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign all in mechanical engineering. Previously he worked at MIT as a Research Scientist and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an engineer.