To combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Northeastern College of Engineering researchers are conducting interdisciplinary research in four strategic areas:
- Vaccines and Diagnostics
- Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Optimization
- Human-Machine Interaction
- Harnessing Data
From developing healthcare optimization planning tools and rapid testing capabilities, to improving the safety of homemade masks, our faculty are working with hospitals, industry, government authorities, and other academic institutions to find solutions to mitigate virus risks.
Mechanical engineering student Daniel Simpson, E’25, built a robot that sanitizes workspaces from COVID-19 using UV light.
During the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic, ECE Associate Professor Taskin Padir and his research team, including electrical engineering co-op students, created a method to use robotic technology to assist manufacturers in the testing of surgical masks and gowns, which otherwise would have been shipped to testing facilities that could take months for results.