North Carolina State, known for its textile program, has likely created one of the most impressive college PPE production programs in the country. Chancellor Randy Woodson tells CNBC Make It that the school is helping manufacture material for N95 masks, surgical masks, and plastic face shields.
“Our scientists have completely converted their research over to manufacturing these materials and are doing it in partnership with companies like Brooks Brothers and Hanes to produce enough material for almost a million masks a day,” he says, adding that NC State biomedical engineering students have partnered with students at rival schools Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill to produce plastic shields in several sizes.
Woodson says that this ability to quickly and collaboratively meet community needs reflects why colleges and universities like NC State are so valuable. Read the rest of the article here.