Health and Environment

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Aerospace undergrads develop unmanned VTOL aircraft for delivering medical supplies to rural Ghana

Under the direction of Department Chair Dr. Tony Waas, a group of Michigan Aerospace undergraduates are developing a prototype vertical take-off and landing aircraft to transport medical supplies to remote communities in Ghana. |Short Read
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Tracking Monarch Butterfly Migration with the World’s Smallest Computer

In a project funded by National Geographic, ECE researchers are teaming up with the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to advance our understanding of monarch butterfly migration with the most ambitious iteration of the Michigan Micro Mote yet.|Medium Read
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Prof. Zetian Mi selected as IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer

Prof. Mi will speak about the advances in ultraviolet optoelectronics for improved disinfection and water purification. |Short Read

Local engineering firm utilizes Michigan Aerospace wind tunnel to test pollution sensors

Livonia based engineering consulting firm Airflow Sciences utilized the University of Michigan’s 5’x7’ Wind Tunnel to test sensors used to monitor pollution from industrial exhaust stacks |Short Read
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Engineers work to disinfect N95 masks for medical personnel

Virus removal approaches, mask resilience and mask fit are all being tested.|Medium Read
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A sewage surveillance effort to track COVID-19

We don't know much about how coronaviruses move through the environment. U-M and Stanford engineers aim to change that.|Medium Read
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Using machine learning to detect disease before symptoms manifest

Prof. Alfred Hero speaks to ECE about his work using data to predict the transmission of infectious disease among people who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic and how it relates to COVID-19. |Medium Read
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Containment efforts appear to step down the spread of COVID-19 from the exponential norm

Deaths in China reflect a slower expansion of the new coronavirus, suggesting a fractal network.|Medium Read
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U-M spinoff offers free coronavirus test kits to researchers

The kits help researchers understand where the virus came from and how it operates.|Medium Read
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Herek Clack (left) talks to Zijie Lin, CEE student

Non-thermal plasma can inactivate airborne viral threat to pigs

Performance is a step toward protection from viruses that infect humans|Medium Read
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Engineering Events: Earth Day at 50

Michigan Engineering faculty are hosting teach-ins on a range of Earth Year topics.|Medium Read
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Herek Clack (left) talks to Zijie Lin, CEE student

A plasma reactor zaps airborne viruses – and could help slow the spread of infectious diseases

Using nonthermal plasma reactors, researchers could one day curb the spread of airborne pathogens.|Short Read