Columbia COVID Tech Innovation Group

The Columbia COVID Tech Innovation Group helps health professionals connect and collaborate with engineers to rapidly solve together emerging problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you want to help, suggest a project, or remain informed, fill out the interest form. Or, if you have identified a critical need or a solution, complete our needs intake form.

Current Focus Areas

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Face Shields

Breathing and ventilation support

Isolation Devices and PAPR

  • Intubation Box

Sterilization of Materials

  • UV and heat sterilization of masks


  • Sample collection swabs
  • Sanitation Wipes

Diagnostics and Testing

  • Rapid/point of care test kits

Patient Monitoring

  • Temperature Monitoring

Disease Monitoring and Contact Tracing

  • Machine Learning/Computational Methods for Understanding & Mitigating Spread

Adjusting to the New Normal (Living, Learning, Working Remotely)



The COVID Tech Innovation Group has two tracks: 

  1. addressing needs identified by healthcare workers combating coronavirus 
  2. tackling unprecedented challenges prompted by wide-scale societal disruption

The team provides a collaboration platform for participants from engineering, science, healthcare, medicine, public health, business, and policy. In the short term, this group works to increase supplies of personal protective gear and other urgently needed medical equipment, while cataloging critical research topics that require longer-term research and development, such as rapid diagnostic tools and potential therapeutics. At the same time, the team looks for opportunities to mitigate long term impacts on product supply chains, financial systems, and emerging challenges to social infrastructure.

Additional Efforts

Columbia University

New York State

Research and Data

PPE Donation

For PPE Donations, email [email protected]

Contact Us

The Columbia COVID Tech Innovation Group can be reached at [email protected].


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Past Events

Project Review Meeting: Patient Monitoring

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Time: 8:00 am


Project Review Meeting: Isolation Devices, PAPR, Other Protective Equipment)

Date: Friday, April 10, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm


Project Review Meeting: Sterilization of Masks

Date: Friday, April 10, 2020

Time: 2:00 pm 

Columbia COVID Tech Innovation Group Inaugural Webinar

Watch a recording of the inaugural webinar, held on Monday, April 6

Task Force Leadership

Faculty Core Group:

Shipra Agrawal (IEOR)
Lydia Chilton (CS)
Elizabeth Hillman (BME/ZMBBI)
Aaron Kyle (BME)
John Kymissis (EE)
Jeff Kysar (Mech E)
Anil Lalwani (CUIMC)
Hod Lipson (Mech E)
Kristin Myers (Mech E)
Katie Reuther (BME)
Cliff Stein (IEOR/DSI)

Administrative Leads: Eric Vieira, Ivy Schultz, Shih-Fu Chang

Communications Team: Holly Evarts, Mindy Farabee, TJ O’Neill

Administrative Support: Gen Fleming