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Purdue alumni work to provide ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Joe Duhownik Maiocco | April 10, 2020

Three Purdue graduates have found a way to give back to their local community while potentially saving lives around the world.

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49ers safety Jake Thieneman teams with non-profit to make ventilators

By Matt Maiocco | April 9, 2020

A year ago, safety Jake Thieneman placed himself on the radars of prospective NFL teams with a strong showing during his pro day at Purdue. Now, as a member of the 49ers, he is sheltering-in-place and working out in the basement of his parents’ home in Carmel, Indiana. He also is trying to do his part to lend assistance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has shut down the sporting world — not to mention normal life…

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Boston company aims to make 60,000 ventilators a month for coronavirus patients

By Sean Cotter | April 3, 2020

Three weeks ago Tyler Mantel didn’t really know what a ventilator was. He’s now hoping the FDA lets him show how fast a learner he is by signing off on the ventilator his Boston nonprofit has made — and he has plans to produce upwards of 60,000 of the desperately needed machines a month by the end of the summer…

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Engineers and entrepreneurs join to create The Ventilator Project

By Dustin Grove | April 3, 2020

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) – Tyler Mantel never imagined he’d be designing hospital ventilators. But people’s lives, he says, are at stake. “As a team of roboticist, it seemed like an area where we could very easily get involved,” he said. It’s a non-profit organization created just a few weeks ago whose members are working around the clock to help solve an anticipated ventilator shortage.

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Coronavirus: Purdue graduate Tyler Mantel tackling ventilator shortage

By Mike Carmin | March 30, 2020

Tyler Mantel put his business – Watertower Robotics on hold – about 10 days ago. Otherwise, the 2013 Purdue graduate with two engineering degrees (mechanical and chemical) would be planning a trip to Vietnam to help keep the nation’s water supply from diminishing due to poor infrastructure. On March 20, Mantel decided to embrace a bigger challenge…

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Robotics startups collaborating on low-cost ventilator for COVID-19 patients
By Steve Crowe | March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the world. At press time, more than 450,000 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus with approximately 20,500 deaths. The pandemic has also highlighted extreme shortages of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and ventilators for COVID-19 patients.

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Jake Thieneman is lifting weights in his parent’s basement in Carmel, Ind. Not an ideal set up for the former Purdue safety who is trying to forge a career in the NFL. But, the coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to find alternative ways to carrying on with our lives and careers.
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