McMaster Engineering launches podcast on innovation during COVID-19

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Big Ideas for a Changing World, the new podcast series just launched by McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering, tells the stories of innovative research during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the first episode, listeners are transported back to the early days of COVID-19 in Hamilton, where healthcare workers in a Hamilton hospital had less than a week’s supply of masks.

How did McMaster become home to a robust network of engineers, clinicians, manufacturers and companies working to advance Canada’s personal protective equipment – and what’s next for PPE in Canada? 

The episode features Ravi Selvaganapathy, CEPEM’s director and a professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, and Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud, a critical care physician at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and a professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster. 

“These researchers are transforming discoveries into practical solutions to our world’s greatest problems,” says John Preston, the Faculty of Engineering’s associate dean of research and external relations and show host.

“Innovation is at the heart of McMaster Engineering, and we’re excited to share the stories behind these innovations with our community.” 

Upcoming episodes will feature topics such as creating a rapid detection kit for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, bacteria and virus-repellent surfaces and using data analytics to virutally model the safe reopening of communities. 

Big Ideas for a Changing World is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and on your browser.

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