Engineers are problem solvers. At UCLA, we have not shied away from challenges presented by COVID. Our computer scientists and engineers have been collaborating with colleagues at the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA Health to develop urgently needed personal protective equipment, cutting-edge testing methods, predictive models adopted by the CDC, and vaccine boosters. And there are numerous creative efforts by students and alumni as well.
Following are highlights of UCLA Samueli COVID-related research projects and press coverage:
A machine-learning model developed at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict the spread of COVID-19.
A biotech company founded by UCLA Samueli School of Engineering bioengineers has launched a product to look for COVID-19 more accurately than conventional tests by extracting RNA from patient samples.
Alumnus and serial entrepreneur Muddu Sudhakar’s company, Aisera, offers a virtual AI-based workforce available 24/7. With customers such as Autodesk, Ciena, Unisys and McAfee on board, the company is now gearing up to tackle COVID-19.
First responders and health care workers have been putting their lives on the line to treat the tidal wave of COVID-19 patients flooding emergency rooms and intensive care units.
The public is encouraged to help fight the spread of the coronavirus by using Stop COVID-19 Together. The web-based app is a simple 5-minute survey about exposure and symptoms.
UCLA electrical engineering graduate student Glen Meyerowitz is developing a low-cost ventilator in collaboration with medical professionals at UCLA Health.
Bioengineering professor and director of the Makerspace demonstrates laser-cutting face shields and 3D-printing headbands, while electric engineering doctoral student Glen Meyerowitz showcases a ventilator prototype he designed using everyday household materials.
With a deluge of patients suffering from COVID-19 expected to flood hospitals in the very near future, UCLA engineers are part of a quickly growing team working to build up supplies of personal protective equipment for health care workers.
Anatomy of a Vaccine | UCLA Newsroom | 11.20.2020