Student volunteers repair masks with new elastic bands.

UVA Biomedical Engineering students took time out during office hours with Associate Professor William Guilford to repair some of the 35,000 N95 masks that were part of the National Strategic Stockpile. The masks themselves were fine. However, the elastic bands had, over time, become brittle. The project originated with Adam Momper, administrator of ambulatory programs and performance at UVA Health, and Jack Simpson, director of supply chain operations. Guilford expects it will take about 724 man hours to replace the damaged elastic with 115,583 feet of non-latex elastic banding material. The group is also getting help with the refurbishment by Charlottesville community members, including members of the Charlottesville Derby Dames.

  • UVA Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Volunteer, COVID-19

    University of Virginia Engineering student Cutter Grathwohl gets some instruction on how to repair an N95 mask from Ailene Edwards. They were among a number of students volunteering to replace the elastic bands on unused N-95 masks that were part of the National Strategic Stockpile. The refurbished masks will go into circulation at UVA Health. More than 35,000 masks will be replaced with over 115,000 feet of new elastic cord.

  • UVA Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Volunteer, COVID-19

    University of Virginia Engineering students volunteer to replace the elastic bands on unused N95 masks that were part of the National Strategic Stockpile. The refurbished masks will go into circulation at UVA Health. More than 35,000 masks will be replaced with over 115,000 feet of new elastic cord.

  • UVA Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Volunteer, COVID-19

    University of Virginia biomedical engineering third-year student Jonathan Daniel volunteers his time to replace the elastic bands on unused N95 masks that were part of the National Strategic Stockpile. The refurbished masks will go into circulation at UVA Health. More than 35,000 masks will be replaced with over 115,000 feet of new elastic cord.

  • UVA Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Volunteer, COVID-19

    University of Virginia third-year biomedical engineering student Katherine Byrd pulls out a piece of elastic filament as she repairs an N-95 mask. She was one of the students volunteering to replace the elastic bands on unused N-95 masks that were part of the National Strategic Stockpile. The refurbished masks will go into circulation at UVA Health. More than 35,000 masks will be replaced with over 115,000 feet of new elastic cord.

  • UVA Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Volunteer, COVID-19

    University of Virginia Engineering student Alisa Houghton stacks a newly refurbished N95 mask onto her pile. She and several other students volunteered to replace the elastic bands on unused N-95 masks that were part of the National Strategic Stockpile. The refurbished masks will go into circulation at UVA Health. More than 35,000 masks will be replaced with over 115,000 feet of new elastic cord.

  • UVA Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Volunteer, COVID-19

    William H. Guilford, University of Virginia Engineering associate professor and assistant dean for undergraduate education, bags a pile of newly refurbished N95 masks. Students volunteered to replace the elastic bands on unused N-95 masks that were part of the National Strategic Stockpile. The refurbished masks will go into circulation at UVA Health. More than 35,000 masks will be replaced with over 115,000 feet of new elastic cord.