The George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science

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All across SEAS and GW, faculty, students, staff, and alumni are joining together and using their talents, time, and expertise to help overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. Please use our platform to share any COVID-19-related projects and initiatives underway throughout the engineering school and the university.

If you would like to get involved in one of these projects, you will need to create a volunteer profile first by clicking the "Sign Up" button at the top right of the page. When you return to the project page, the "Apply to Volunteer" button will now be visible. Be sure to list a valid email in your application letter. All positions are currently unpaid.

Organization's projects

Project name Summary Status Social impact area
COVID Mali COVID Mali is a consortium of skilled engineers, designers, architects, and makers working on prototyping and refining PPE equipment and other medical supplies with localized raw materials in Bamako, Mali. Our team builds much-needed equipment including shields, gowns, prototypes for N95 equivalent respirators, and vacuum molding for bending/forming plastic or plexiglass (i.e. for face shields) to name a few. We plan to procure some raw materials abroad but aim to mainly rely on locally-procured materials for production, while simultaneously bolstering our local community partnerships for those who will fall most vulnerable to the virus. Waiting for volunteers Health
Social Services
Public Safety
GraphLab and IDDP Mapping the Spread Dr. Howie Huang’s GraphLab, together with Dr. David Broniatowski and IDDP (Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics) researchers, is working to map the prevalence and spread of attitudes towards COVID-19 on online social media platforms. They are examining repositories of social media data related to the epidemic, starting as early as January 2020, to map the spread of discussion, information, and attitudes towards the disease and the public health response to the outbreak. Waiting for volunteers
Machine Learning Algorithms for COVID-19 Data Analysis Dr. Huang’s GraphLab is working to understand the online attitudes towards COVID-19 on social media platforms, and also examine a collection of coronavirus related scholarly articles for actionable knowledges that benefit the flight against the outbreak. Waiting for volunteers Education
Social Services
Rapidly Deployable Breast Pump Ventilator to Combat Coronavirus A simple, bare bones ventilator using parts that are readily available at a total cost of ~$300. The heart of the system is a widely used breast pump with the airflow reversed. We believe that there are thousands of these in dresser drawers and closets across the country that are not being used which can be used to complement new machines currently in the supply chain. New Health
Social Services
Social Media for Public Health We are conducting several studies using social media to better understand public health trends and misinformation around COVID-19. Waiting for volunteers Health
Social Services
Public Safety
Washington DC COVID sitters This is an opportunity for members of the GW Medical School community only. We are looking for a volunteer project manager to coordinate temporary daycare services for families of faculty and healthcare workers in the GW Medical School community who are devoting themselves to caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and don’t have time to provide daycare for their own families. This project is patterned after the COVIDsitters project recently started at the University of Minnesota. (Note: You must know, and have an existing relationship with, someone in the Medical School to participate in this project.) New Health
Social Services
Public Safety
Organization's details

Years in operation: 25 or more years

Yearly budget: $5MM-$20MM

Geographical scope: City/Local


800 22nd. St. NW


Washington, DC 20037

United States of America

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Phone number: 202-994-6080

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