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Pivoting During the Pandemic: From Covid to Codes

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Monday, November 16, 2020, 6 pm

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Husky Bites presents Special Guest Bill Endres

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
Senior Capstone Design Program Director
Manufacturing/Industrial (MI) Area Director


Haley Edie, Ethan Twardy, and Theo Wachowski


As the pandemic unfolded last spring, a Michigan Tech Senior Design team pivoted from disappointment at a study abroad trip being cut short, to developing, prototyping and testing a mechanical ventilator—one that is affordable, rugged, compact, and able to be rapidly manufactured and deployed. Their device automatically actuates a bag valve mask (BVM) to serve as a ventilator substitute. Dr. Bill Endres, the team’s advisor, reconfigured their 30-week senior capstone experience into a 12-week accelerated operation. With a marketable product called CoVent, some of the team, under guidance from Dr. Endres, extended their efforts over the summer through Michigan Tech’s ICorps Site program, conducting the customer discovery process by interviewing close to 30 different potential users of their new product, medical professionals around the country. Join us to hear what they learned, and what they plan to do next.

Join us early at 5:45 p.m. for conversation and a weather update.

About Husky Bites
Husky Bites are free 20-minute Interactive Zoom Webinars from the College of Engineering at Michigan Tech. Time after for Q&A.

Series Host
Janet Callahan, Dean of the College of Engineering
Michigan Technological University

Brain Food
Join us for a bite! Grab some dinner with Dean Janet Callahan and a special guest, and learn something new! This family-friendly event is BYOC (bring your own curiosity). 

When: Mondays, 6:00 p.m. starting September 14 and held weekly through December.

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  • Haley Edie
  • Michael Morley

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