MARCY, N.Y. – SUNY Polytechnic Institute is the fifth and final recipient of this year’s Leading EDGE awards, which recognizes innovative efforts in the Mohawk Valley.
SUNY Poly was chosen in recognition of its face mask project, which produced 3D-printed parts for face shields that could be used by local health care workers. The production of this personal protective equipment started in April at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
Over the past several months, the college has distributed more than 3,400 masks, according to Dr. Michael Carpenter, associated professor and interim dean of the College of Engineering.
"The students are trained in all sorts of fundamentals, in terms of advanced manufacturing principles and engineering design and engineering optimization. And to put that into practice where the students and faculty and staff could see those efforts have a real impact, I think that's very rewarding,” said Carpenter.
Other 2020 Leading EDGE award winners include Indium Corporation, the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Environmental Composites, and the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce.