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With COVID-19 upending the ways we live, work, and learn, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences had to seek new ways to celebrate its 2020 graduates.


The tradition of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ commencement speaker competition continued this year but with a twist.

WGRZ and WKBW report that a UB-led research team coordinated by Albert Titus, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has submitted a prototype 3D-printed and reusable N95-like respirator for emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The Society of Women Engineers reports that COVID-19 has raised the profile of flexible work arrangements, compelling corporations and institutions to recognize that reasonable accommodations represent a step toward inclusivity that will help both employees and employers. The article quotes Meghan Donahue, a PhD student in industrial and systems engineering, who said the idea of designing for differing needs not only varies for each person, but it’s also about the environment.

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has named Rajan Batta as associate dean for faculty affairs and diversity, and appointed Francine Battaglia as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Engineering 360 covered the UB project led by Ruogang Zhao and Chi Zhou, who are turning artificial manual breathing units, also called Ambu bags, into automated resuscitators to fill COVID-19-related supply chain ventilator shortages.

Researchers are working to automate manual resuscitators; could aid sickest COVID-19 patients, developing countries.


The model could help utility companies deliver steadier prices and more reliable service, which are important given the country’s aging energy systems.