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Virtual COVID-19 Panel Discussion: Response and Moving Forward

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May 22 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Friday, May 22, 2020, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (EST)

COVID-19 Panel Discussion: Response and Moving Forward

Dean Louis Martin-Vega invites you to join the College of Engineering for a virtual panel discussion on the College’s innovative response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Four panelists will provide their perspective on the impact, how each has responded and adapted to meet immediate needs with cutting-edge research, and a look ahead at the future.

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Featured Panelists

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Dr. Paul DaytonPaul A. Dayton
William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor and Interim Chair
Joint UNC/NC State Department of Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D., The University of Virginia

Dr. Paul A. Dayton is the William R. Kenan Jr  Distinguished Professor and interim chair of the UNC / NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering. He is an internationally recognized world leader in biomedical ultrasound imaging, ultrasound-targeted therapeutic drug delivery, and the use of ultrasound imaging to assess tissue perfusion and response to therapy. He is a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and an expert in translational science, as evidenced by his multiple patents, two clinical trials, and his co-founding of three startup companies: SonoVol, Inc , Nanosonic Bioreagents, LLC, and Triangle Biotechnology, Inc. He currently serves as the associate director for education for the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and is co-director for the Certificate Program in Biomedical Imaging Science.

His research involves developing new technologies for imaging blood flow, microvasculature, and molecular markers using ultrasound and microbubble contrast agents. Several of his recent contributions to the field include techniques to improve the sensitivity and consistency of ultrasound imaging through optimization of contrast agent size distribution, the demonstration of high-resolution, high- SNR ultra broadband imaging, and techniques for real-time molecular imaging.

Dr. Grace

Landon Grace
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Ph.D. (2012), University of Oklahoma
Area of Focus:
Dr. Grace is leading an effort with graduate students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to manufacture protective face shields for healthcare workers. The shields that his lab is manufacturing are going directly to frontline healthcare workers at UNC Health.

Dr. Grace joined the faculty at NC State in 2016 after spending four years as an assistant professor at the University of Miami. While completing his PhD at the University of Oklahoma, he worked full-time at nearby Tinker Air Force Base for five years as an aerospace engineer and was a graduate of the USAF Palace Acquire Program.

Dr. Grace’s research focuses on composite material response to detrimental environments, with an emphasis on temperature extremes, polymer-penetrant interactions, and combined hygrothermal and mechanical loading. This work is heavily multi-disciplinary; Dr. Grace collaborates extensively with researchers in the medical field, as well as mechanical, aerospace, biomedical and materials engineering. Dr. Grace has pioneered the use of X-band dielectric analysis in polymer composites to characterize material state and track in situ damage initiation and evolution. Dr. Grace was the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award for this work in 2018.

Julie L. Swann
A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor and Department Head
Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina State University
Ph.D. (2001), Northwestern University
Area of Focus:
Dr. Swann’s work focuses on building epidemiological models for outbreak tracking in the supply chain. She has also worked with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and served as an advisor to the CDC’s response to the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic. Over the past several months, Dr. Swann has been interviewed by news outlets all over the country for her expertise including the LA Times and the Washington Post.

Dr. Swann is the A. Doug Allison Distinguished Professor of the Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and department head. She is an adjunct professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining NC State, she was the Harold R. and Mary Anne Nash Professor in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she co-founded and co-directed the Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems, one of the first interdisciplinary research centers on the Georgia Tech campus. In 2009, she was on loan as a science advisor for the H1N1 pandemic response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Swann is a research leader in using mathematical modeling to enable supply chain systems and health care to become more efficient, effective or equitable. Recent collaborations have been to use data analytics and systems optimization to quantify the return on public investments to improve pediatric asthma, plan for infectious disease outbreaks and design systems with decentralized decision makers. She has impacted many organizations such as AT&T, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Clorox, General Motors, Habitat for Humanity, Honda, NCR, Southern Company, The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, UPS, the Veterans’ Administration and Walmart.

Leah PursellLeah Pursell 
NC State Junior
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Leah Pursell is a NC State Junior studying mechanical engineering. On campus, she serves as the President of the Engineers’ Council and is a teaching assistant for the College’s MATLAB course. Last summer, she worked as an aeronautical engineering intern at Lockheed Martin in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and will be returning to that role again this summer.



If you have questions about any of the events, please reach out to Carissa Burroughs with the NC State Engineering Foundation at csburrou@ncsu.edu.

Future Virtual Events

The College of Engineering is hosting several virtual events in the coming months. All events will be hosted online, and a link will be shared the week of the scheduled date. Please check back frequently for updates.



May 22

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Carissa Burroughs, NC State Engineering Foundation
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