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As the local community has grappled with the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Innovation Hub, previously a dedicated prototyping center in the Statler College, has quickly transformed into a testing and small-scale production facility critical to supporting the shortfall of personal protective equipment in West Virginia and beyond.

As of April 20, engineers Kolin Brown, Josh Bintrim, Kelsey Crawford, Jeremy Gouzd, Gene Cilento, Jim Hall and Logan Forquer, in a collaborative effort, have produced over 10,000 surgical mask extenders, 3,500 face shields and 60 intubation boxes to local medical facilities. In addition, the Hub has made the templates for the mask extenders and face shields publicly available in hopes that companies who have the capacity to undergo mass distribution will contribute to this humanitarian effort.

As manufacturing centers across the nation are stepping in to create personal protective equipment, the supplies used to produce them are dwindling. If you have access to or know those who may have access, the Innovation Hub is in need of the following:

  • Sheets of 0.03-inch or 0.04-inch polycarbonate
  • Sheets of .125-inch polycarbonate
  • Cones of spun poly thread, size T-40 in white
  • Sheets of Halyard Sterilization Wrap – H400

We ask that if you have connections to obtaining these materials, you please consider donating them to the Innovation Hub. Please reach out to Gene Cilento at Statler-iHub@mail.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-293-4088 if you would like to donate materials or have questions about templates.

I am extremely proud of the hard work, dedication and determination as demonstrated by our team in the four stories below. Our engineers have truly embodied the Mountaineer spirit by coming together to support our local health care workers in these challenging times.


Earl Scime, Interim Dean

Dr. Matthew Ellison, Dr. Kevin McKillion, Dr. Hong Wang and CRNA Cole Mortellaro, the WVU Medicine anesthesia team practice COVID-19 intubations using the intubation box created in the Innovation Hub. The suite was set up by the trauma and critical care institute specifically for COVD-19 practice in the hospital. Intubation boxes help decrease aerosol spread from infected patients.

WVU-engineered intubation boxes to help reduce risk to clinicians during COVID-19 pandemic

A global pandemic, a worried wife and a campus that, like its home state, is full of connections, were the impetus for protective devices that were created at WVU and are now being used by a variety of health care professionals at WVU Medicine J. W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.
Engineers and designers at West Virginia University have combined efforts to test and produce surgical masks for local health care facilities.

WVU engineers, designers partner to test materials for surgical masks

When the director of WVU’s Innovation Hub heard about a massive mask making effort underway next door at the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, he knew engineers in the Statler College could help. So, Gene Cilento asked Elizabeth Shorrock, visiting assistant professor of fashion, dress and merchandising, to partner on a project to test materials for medical-grade masks that would support health care professionals at WVU Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.
A registered nurse (left) at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, wears a surgical mask extender created by the Innovation Hub during a shift. Logan Forquer (right), student worker, wears the face shield created by the Innovation Hub.

WVU partnerships help WVU Medicine community and beyond amidst personal protective equipment shortage

Engineers in the Statler College are using their expertise and equipment in a campus-wide effort to create personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep up with the needs of health care providers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Downloadable face shield templates are included in the article.
The mask extenders created by the Innovation Hub staff reduce the pressure behind the ears, affording the user an increased measure of comfort. The Innovation Hub has made the directions for making the mask extenders publicly available.

WVU's Statler College develops surgical mask extender template for public distribution

The Innovation Hub, a prototyping center in the Statler College, has successfully created surgical mask extenders to be used by health care professionals. Downloadable surgical mask extender template included in the article.
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