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Saudi innovator in COVID-19 research gets support
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 09 - 08 - 2020

An Imperial College London team of researchers that includes Saudi engineer Mohanad Bahshwan has received support from Community Jameel, the global philanthropy, for Mensura Mask, a new project using advanced image processing algorithms and 3D printing to create bespoke facemasks.
Responding to COVID-19, the team streamlined the process of producing custom-fit facemasks to prevent injuries caused by poor-fitting PPE worn for an extended period of time, especially by the healthcare workers.
Bahshwan, a PhD candidate at Imperial College, is part of an eight-strong team of coding and design experts overseen by Dr. Connor Myant from Imperial's Dyson School of Design Engineering, and led by Principle Researcher Shiya Li.
The team aims to provide a design platform that will see healthcare workers and others scanning their own face using a smartphone so that the custom-fit PPE can be automatically designed for them and delivered at scale.
The project received support from the Community Jameel Imperial College COVID-19 Excellence Fund, which drives the scale-up of crucial projects that could have a major impact in the global fight against the virus.
Speaking about the support from the fund, Bahshwan said: "Our team is working non-stop and collaborating virtually between Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UK, and Belgium, and we are proud of what we have accomplished so far, but it is clear that there is much more work to do.
"We are grateful for the support provided by Community Jameel and Imperial College and we look forward to accelerating the development of our platform which will support the crucial work healthcare workers are doing around the world." — SG


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