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Innovation Campus' PPE projects benefit hundreds of communities ( projects-benefit-hundreds-of-communities/)


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In mid-March, when personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer were scarce, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Campus helped address those needs. The efforts have rippled across Nebraska and the United States. To date, hundreds of communities and thousands of individuals have benefited from the expertise and innovation found at NIC. Staff and faculty affiliates of Nebraska Innovation Studio ( designed and is manufacturing face shields in-house. NIS staff also designed a quick way to produce PPE gowns, and coordinated the army of volunteers to make the gowns. “This may be the reason Innovation Studio exists — for people to come together to make things that help others — and this is the moment it was born for,” said Shane Farritor, Lederer Professor of Engineering and executive chairman of the studio’s board of advisers, during a March interview. Nebraska Innovation Campus’ Food Processing Center ( served as the manufacturing hub of hand sanitizer, in partnership with ethanol producers across the state. Leaders at both the Food Processing Center and Innovation Studio said the projects are ongoing and have been a success. Here’s a closer look at the impact of the projects: