First-line health workers are facing serious shortage of personal protection equipment while hospitals attempt to make their own rough equipment using plastic bags and nonwoven fabric. This project proposes an integrated production and consumption network for medical-graded supplies, mediated by organizations such as the World Health Organisation, to coordinate the demand and distribution of essential PPE during emergencies.
Elena Huang is a first-year graduate student currently studying industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Drawing upon an undergraduate background in mechanical engineering, she pursued industrial design to further develop her creative process. Always considering about value and functionality in her design, she developed a workflow combining the engineering thinking of feasibility and the design thinking of creativity. With the solid foundation of engineering and a passion for responsible and sustainable design, her goal is to build a bridge between scientists, engineers and designers and create the future of inclusivity for the global public.more