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NovaVent Team

The NovaVent team consists of a sizeable number of enthusiastic volunteers who have been selflessly donating their time and expertise to the project since April 1st. While it is always challenging to work in a highly interdisciplinary group, it is especially so now under the present circumstances of restricted movements. It is astonishing that most of them did not know each other before the project; they have nonetheless come together to contribute to this worthwhile project. This has meant a lot of hard work for people who are already very busy in their regular line of work. For instance, we met every day including weekends (Easter Sunday was an exception!). The resulting accomplishment of researching, designing and fabricating a complex, real, working device in such a short time illustrates the unstinting dedication of this team.

The following is a rough outline of the tasks we had to accomplish to make NovaVent a reality, with the primary drivers for each task listed by their initials. It should however be noted that, through daily meetings and emails, everybody had the opportunity to interact with everybody else. In fact, almost everybody had inputs to every task at some point or another. The end product hence represents the collective expertise and hard work from a lot of motivated people.


  • Mechanical and fluid system design (AO, CT)
  • Sensor integration, electronics and control algorithms (GC, CN)
  • CAD and fabrication (CT, ZN); with help from Southco, TDI Tek and ExOne
  • Testing and validation (GC, CN, AO); with help from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (TK) and Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI)
  •  Modeling and simulation (FF, KS, GFJ)

Medical (MP, EH, LH, SD)

  • Treatment issues
  • Operational issues
  • FDA

User interface

  • Usability (PT, EH)
  • Alarms (PA, PT, MP)


  • Hazard operability analysis (FN, FF)
  • Safety shut offs (PA, GC)
  • Failure analysis of AMBU bag (SS)

Project management

  • Lead and coordination (CN)
  • Funding (CN, AO, GC, KA, CR)
  • Legal issues (CN, KA)
  • FDA EUA application (All)
  • Reports and Documentation (All)


Alphabetical List

Keith Argue, Assistant Dean of External Relations

Dr. Philip Asare, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bucknell University

Dr. Garrett Clayton, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Director, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics & Control

Carol Caceres, PhD Student, College of Engineering

Shayla Davis, Graduate Student, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Dr. Frank Ferrese ’06 MSCpE, ’13 PhD, Naval Surface Warfare Center

Turki Haj Mohamad, PhD Student, College of Engineering

Lucas Halliday, Graduate Student, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Emily Hylton, Graduate Student, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Gerard F. Jones, Sr. Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research

Dr. Todd Kilbaugh, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Dr. C. Nataraj, Moritz Professor of Engineered Systems; Director, Villanova Center for the Analytics of Dynamic Systems (VCADS)

Dr. Foad Nazari, Research Scientist, VCADS

Zack Nowosad, machinist and laboratory technician

Dr. Alfonso Ortega, James R. Birle Professor of Energy Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Mark Poler, Anesthesiologist, Geisinger Health System

Cynthia Rutenbar, Senior Director of Major Giving, College of Engineering

Ken Salter, consultant

Dr. Sridhar Santhanam, Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Patrice Tremoulet, Rowan University

Christopher Townend, Mechanical Engineering Lab Manager