School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) faculty and staff are committed to inspiring students to creatively solve problems while keeping social responsibility top of mind. So it’s no surprise that when Weill Cornell Medicine put out the call for anyone with a 3D printer to help print face shields in response to COVID-19, IC’s H&S faculty and staff rallied their resources.

H&S colleagues in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy and Environmental Studies and Sciences retrieved their respective department’s LulzBot TAZ, MakerBot Replicator 2, and Ultimaker printers and got to work. Faculty members are now producing approximately 300 face shields a week, many of which have gone to health care providers in central New York.

One of these dedicated faculty members, Roy Westwater, collaborated with his son to turn their home into a makeshift print shop with the capacity to produce hundreds of pieces per week. 

“This is a way to do a small part to help with a big thing. Our faculty have an orientation to pull together, work with other communities, and get something accomplished together.”

The H&S faculty and staff involved with this project include Luke Keller, Matthew Price, Jerome Fung, and Jennifer Mellott from the Department of Physics and Astronomy; Susan Allen from the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences; and Roy Westwater from the Department of Computer Science.