BRANCHBURG, NJ - Raritan Valley Community College has joined efforts to help those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic by creating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be donated to area hospitals.
The College’s Advanced Manufacturing program has teamed up with Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, with assistance from RVCC’s Engineering program and the Arts & Design Department, to create 3D-printed face-shields.
RVCC was asked to join the effort in producing the much-needed Personal Protective Equipment by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs of Rutgers University. The PPE is being distributed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick and Somerset.
Production on the face-shields began March 30, and approximately 30 shields are being created each day. The goal is to eventually create 60 face-shields per day, according to Conrad Mercurius, coordinator of RVCC’s Advanced Manufacturing program. The devices feature a headband and plastic face shield.
Joining Mercurius to create the face-shield is a team that includes Peter Stupak, RVCC Assistant Professor of Engineering and Physics; John Juliano from the Rotary Club of Branchburg; student worker and Advanced Manufacturing student Maria Arevlo; Rutgers graduate Nathan Moore; RVCC student Mike Campagnino; and Tyler Moore, a Ceramics and Sculpture Studio Technician, from the College’s Arts & Design Department. Vandana Nadkarni, RVCC Professor of Art History and Co-Chair of the Arts & Design Department, and John Reinking, Sculpture Coordinator in the Arts & Design Department, also have been heavily involved with the project.
RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.