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A West Virginia University student has taken multitasking to a new level during the COVID-19 pandemic, producing 500-600 face shields for healthcare workers in a single day, while also balancing five classes in the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources.
Logan Forquer, an upcoming junior studying mechanical engineering and student worker at the Innovation Hub, made the protective gear over the past month using a high-power Waterjet that cuts the components of the face shields from large sheets of polycarbonate. He rigged a GoPro above the WaterJet so he can watch a live view of the machine on an iPad while working in the next room. This allowed Forquer to assist other staff members in the Hub, do class work or study for his final exams.
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“It’s bigger than anything I could have ever imagined. I’ve learned how to use so many pieces of equipment we have at the Innovation Hub. It’s just been so great to help the community.
“The WaterJet has all kinds of fail safes. So, I’ve been sitting doing my homework while it’s running. I’m right there, so I can hear or see if anything goes wrong or if something needs changed. I can run over and do that really quick and get back to my homework.”- Logan Forquer, upcoming junior mechanical engineering student
“Logan has worked for me for over two years, he is a smart, dedicated and hardworking young man who has always risen to any challenge he has been given. It has truly been a pleasure working with him and watching him come into his own as an engineer.” – Josh Bintrim, Innovation Hub shop manager
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CONTACT: Paige Nesbit
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
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