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SWE member Stephanie DeCotiis
Stephanie DeCotiis is a project manager for H2M Architects and Engineers for the Water Resources department. She manages projects for drinking water treatment, storage, and distribution; supervises a group of staff and project engineers; and manages multi-discipline projects though conceptualization, design, permitting, and construction. As if that weren’t enough, she decided to add some more (unpaid) work to her plate: making personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers at hospitals around the U.S.
When the pandemic first started, DeCotiis and her husband realized that PPE was in very short supply for health care workers, particularly in the hard-hit New Jersey/New York area, where they live. Wondering if they might possibly help create PPE from their basement 3D printers, they did some research and found that there were several 3D printable templates for face shields available. At that point, they started sourcing material and printing them for friends and family who work as nurses and doctors.
Finding a network to strengthen efforts
Once DeCotiis and her husband had stabilized their production, they went looking for a network they could connect with to help distribute their shields to a greater audience, and they found …
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