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the Wond'ry E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

April 2020

COVID-19 Innovation at the Wond’ry

With the current global situation requiring changes big and small to our daily lives, the Wond’ry has been working to help develop innovative solutions to a number of pressing issues.  You can check on recent developments at a new page on our website:

COVID-19 Innovation at the Wond’ry

Commodore Open-Source Ventilator

Wond’ry Director of Making Kevin Galloway and Prof. Bob Webster in Vanderbilt’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have been spearheading the creation of a low-cost DIY emergency ventilator. Using common materials like plywood, pool noodles, drawer slides, and a windshield wiper motor, the Commodore Open-source Ventilator (COV) can be easily assembled using tools available most everywhere. Instructions for making the device are available at VandyVents.com.

Disclaimer: This device has not been tested on a live human and does not currently have FDA approval. This device is currently only intended for patients who are sedated, intubated, and chemically paralyzed, and should only be operated under the care of an experienced physician. No material on this site is intended to provide medical advice. All designs are intended for investigational use only. Vandyvents.com does not represent any official policies or procedures of Vanderbilt University. The material on this site is provided with no warranties explicit or implied.

Online Events at the Wond’ry

Keep innovating at home by joining the Wond’ry for online events!  Hosted via Zoom, the Wond’ry will be bringing you interesting lectures, engaging workshops, and innovative virtual gatherings.

Check out our Online Events page:



COVID-19, Businesses,& the Global Economy: Human Behavioral Change and the Future of Technology Innovation

In this live, weekly online report, Lodestone Advisory Group CEO and Wond’ry Master Mentor Amr El-Husseini is joined by guests from all over the globe to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting how people do business. Each week will include a global economic snapshot, a look at the U.S. economy, how the crisis is affecting startups and entrepreneurs, timelines for recovery, as well as an in-depth look at a particular topic each week.
The topic for April 20 is: Human Behavioral Change and the Future of Technology Innovation. Amr is joined by guests Shyam Pullela and Dr. Colm Reilly of Lodestone Advisory Group. Wond’ry Associate Director Deanna Meador emcees.

Monday, April 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM Central


At the event time: Connect via Zoom

Virtual Office Hours

The Wond’ry staff are now hosting virtual office hours via Zoom!  Check out the Wond’ry homepage to see available hours.  Please note that some staff members require you to book a timeslot via Calendly.  Alternatively, other staff members will have open Zoom meeting rooms during their scheduled times.

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