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SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol Sensing


Term:

Fall

Department:

2: Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Supervisor:

Domitilla Del Vecchio

Faculty email:

ddv@mit.edu

Apply by:

10/15/2020

Contact:

Theodore Grunberg: tgrunber@mit.edu

Project Description

SARS-CoV-2 aerosol sensing UROP opportunities: The Del Vecchio Lab is looking for undergraduate students to help with the design and prototyping of a portable, automated device which detects the presence of aerosolized SARS-CoV-2 in the environment. This device will be capable of determining if a given room is contaminated with aerosolized SARS-CoV-2. Students will work as part of a team of engineers, and be personally responsible for one component of the project. In person and remote opportunities are both available depending on which component of the project an undergrad works on. Applicants should have mechanical design and fabrication experience (2.007, 2.017 or other experience), in addition to the experience required for one of the following components: UROP 1 (Heating/incubation system) Responsibilities: Design and prototype two portable temperature controlled heaters/incubators which will be integrated into the nucleic acid detection part of the final device. Desired Experience: Control systems (2.004) or similar UROP 2 (Fluid transfer) Responsibilities: Design and protoype an automated or semi-automated fluid handling system which transports precisely metered volumes of fluid along the pipeline between analysis steps. Desired Experience: Mechanical design (2.008 or 2.009 or 2.72 or 2.013) or similar UROP 3 (Readout system) Responsibilities: Design, prototype, and test an optical sensor system which reads out the result of the chemical test for the prescence of SARS-CoV-2. Desired Experience: Optics/optical sensors (2.671 and 2.71 or 2.750) or similar; experience with circuit design

Pre-requisites

Mechanical design experience (2.007, 2.017 or other experience), as well as: UROP 1 (Heating/incubation system) desired experience: Control systems (2.004) or similar UROP 2 (Fluid transfer) desired experience: Mechanical design (2.008 or 2.009 or 2.72 or 2.013) or similar UROP 3 (Readout system) desired experience: Optics/optical sensors (2.671 and 2.71 or 2.750) or similar; experience with circuit design