School of Architecture and Design COVID-19 Response
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the NYIT School of Architecture and Design SoAD has resoundingly joined together in a collective endeavor to make PPE for hospitals and healthcare workers. Dean Maria Perbellini had mobilized the SoAD to partner with NYIT COM, CAS, and CoECS under the coordination of VP Suzanne Musho in production and distribution efforts. Dean Perbellini has led the SoAD team volunteering to 3D print and 2D laser cut face masks and face shields. Dustin White, Director of Digital Technologies & Fabrication supervises Mauricio Tacoaman, who is operating in the school’s Long Island FabLab, while Associate Professor Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa and several Thesis students, including Ari Begun, Jason Bottiglieri, Peter Leonardi, Alexandra Panichella, Karina Pena, and Benjamin Sather, are remotely engaged with design ideas and the fabrication of 3D printed face masks and shields’ components. The SoAD leadership, faculty and school community are immensely proud of this group of students and are grateful for their commitment to this initiative. As production ramps up in the School of Architecture and Design’s Ed Hall Fab Lab, approximately 1,000 face shields will be produced per week.