COVID-19 Wall of Recognition

“Exceptional dedication, grace, and adaptability.”

In late 2020, The Grainger College of Engineering asked its faculty and staff to nominate people who had gone “above and beyond” in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers who pivoted to online delivery of classes. Researchers poured themselves into the emergency response. Staff that found a way to keep things running in even the strangest of circumstances. Students who helped in new, unexpected ways.

The response to our request was massive—just like the hours, attention, and skill that our college offered the face of a global catastrophe. Hundreds of people’s names were submitted. A plaque recognizing all of them will be installed soon in Engineering Hall. 

“Their faith in our team and steady, comforting presence gave me the mental fortitude to handle the stress and many challenges…They provided invaluable moral support to me and other members of the team and constantly reminded us that the work we do matters and is important.”

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Demonstrating the working Illinois RapidVent prototype, an emergency ventilator for COVID-19 patients. Learn more at rapidvent.grainger.illinois.edu.https://rapidvent.grainger.illinois.edu/

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Using a unique laboratory setup, Illinois researcher Ryan Corey tested how different types of masks affect the acoustics of speech.

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Aerospace Professor Greg Elliott, second from left, goes over durability testing with MechSE Research Assistant Stefan Elbel, background right, joining CTS senior research engineers, Andy Musser, far left, and Hui Zhao, far right.

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Professor Abigail Wooldridge, left, project lead for mobileSHIELD, a mobile COVID-19 testing created by a team from the Grainger College of Engineering, gives Chancellor Robert Jones a tour of the facility. 

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Prof. Abigail Wooldridge, project lead for MobileSHIELD, poses with two of her research team members and graduate students at the mobile unit in Urbana on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020.

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Casey Smith, background left, instructional lab coordinator, and Margie Carter, seen here lab support and electronic assembly staff member, assemble instructional lab kits for Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) 110 inside the atrium of ECEB in Urbana on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. The kits were pre-ordered by students before the start of Prof. Chris Schmitz's class, which will be taught virtually this fall semester.

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Grainger Engineering researchers in the Saif Lab are a part of an NBC news report on how scientists around the world have conducted research that finds wearing face masks can significantly decrease the spread of the Coronavirus by blocking droplets created when a person coughs, sneezes, or talks that would carry the virus.

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Ivan Favila, Assistant Dean in The Grainger College of Engineering, dons his Block I mask outside Engineering Hall as get ready to the 2020-2021 school year. 

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Signs on campus message about safe COVID-19 practices, including wearing face coverings, keeping a safe distance, testing and of course, smizing. 

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Quintessential Engineer statue with face covering next to MNTL.

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Students enjoy picking up snacks and swag from Associate Dean and professor Jonathan Makela.

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COVID-19 Recognition

THE GRAINGER COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

The Grainger College of Engineering would like to recognize individuals and affiliates that came together in various ways during the pandemic to create life-changing solutions. Please view the following lists of nominees who were recognized for their contributions to COVID-19 research and development during the pandemic in four main categories. The lists include names, university affiliation, and external affiliations involved.