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Third-world countries depend on the production of drugs and vaccines to keep their constituents healthy. Due to poor road conditions, the delivery process consumes much of the usable lifespan of these drugs, resulting in a minimally-effective dosage of medication being delivered to the consumer. Current measures for the delivery of time-and temperature-dependent are detailed in a document presented by the WHO; in summary, vaccines may be kept as cold as require for as long as they require, but this careful process takes an immense amount of time. In juxtaposition, vaccines that travel to their destination as quickly as possible with minimal preservation often lose a significant magnitude of their total potency and are at risk to become useless.  A key piece of information to this problem is knowing “vaccine potency cannot be regained”.  The team’s problem to solve is balancing the temperature dependency of vaccines while delivering them in a time-effective manner.

 

Team Members

Jude Abishek Rayan, Junior, Computer Science

Taylor E. Miller, Sophomore, Biomedical Engineering

Nicholas A. Nelson, Junior, Mechanical Engineering

Said Lemdaimighe, Senior, Mechanical Engineering

 

Community Partner: TBD