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MSIM and Local Students Come Together to Repair Thousands of N-95 Masks

Tufts Medical Center needed more than 6,000 masks fixed fast, so Tufts students, staff, and alumni are jumping in, along with MIT and Harvard students, to make it happen.
An old mask, at left—and an approved prototype, at right. “Everyone recognizes that this is an opportunity to make a real, measurable difference,” said volunteer James Aronson, E18, EG20. Photo: Molly Lie

Tufts Medical Center received over 6,000 N95 masks to combat COVID-19, but the brittle elastic bands needed to be fixed before use. Several students and graduates of the MS in Innovation and Management program, Tufts University and local area colleges are heading up those efforts to protect healthcare workers on the front lines. 

The team quickly jumped on the case, crowdsourced solutions in the wider Boston academic community, and came together to engineer a prototype to get the damaged elastic out without damaging the masks and provide an alternative way to attach new elastic so that the masks can be used.

Read the full Tufts Now article here.