Two recent biomedical engineering graduates from The University of Texas at Austin are now among a fleet of inventors who are attempting to create a more simple, low-cost breathing ventilators in light of COVID-19. Working primarily in their living rooms and using the tools they can, the two graduates are creating these emergency devices that would be used for a patient until a larger ventilator would become available. April 20, 2020, KUT 90.5.

Sapun Parekh, an assistant professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, is setting up a pair of coronavirus experiments. One tests how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will behave at different temperatures to know if the summer heat may slow the virus; and another looks at the physiological changes in lungs as people age to try and explain the increased vulnerability among elderly populations.

Two staff members in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Margo Cousins and Bobby Knight, share about what it's like to work and support students during a pandemic.

Seniors Susana Simmonds and James Choi opened up about what is helping them as they wrap up their last semester at UT Austin.

Midday exercise and YouTube workouts: graduate students Kaitlyn Johnson and Nate Richbourg opened up about how they’re adapting and what is helping them.

Faculty members Tom Yankeelov and Mia K. Markey share about their experiences balancing online instruction, home-schooling their own children, and the pivots they're making in their work. 

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are building a new type of ventilator made of cheap, widely available materials to help fill the demand created by the spread of COVID-19 for these critical devices that help patients breathe.