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ETM faculty are flattening the curve in Washington State

Danny Lammers, a general surgery resident at Madigan Army Medical Center wears a 3-d printed mask at FabLab’s workspace in Tacoma on April 1, 2020. Borrowed from Joshua Bessex

ETM faculty, Bill Gray, is the Board Secretary and Treasurer of The FabLab-Tacoma Non-Profit, which is providing face shields and masks for medical workers in the Tacoma Washington area.  First contacted by the Madigan Army Medical Center for urgent help in obtaining masks and shields for their workers who are face to face with COVID-19, the non-profit is providing the PPE items from a design selected by two surgeons from the Center.

3-D printed masks at FabLab’s workspace in Tacoma on April 1, 2020. Borrowed from Joshua Bessex

As of April 15th,  over 2000 laser-cut face shields and 400 3-D printed masks have been funded by donations and fabricated by volunteers and contracted employees.  These efforts have been featured in The News Tribune.








Avid WSU fan and ETM faculty, Kay Bachman, wearing her CougMask in her Spokane home in April 2020.

Flattening the curve Agile Project Management style!

Sewing facemasks turned into a project for Kay.  Even before it was suggested by the CDC for individuals to wear facemasks, Kay initiated her personal project and followed an Agile project management approach: User stories were created, iterations of mask designs occurred and value was delivered.

Kay’s daughter, Morgan Bachman, and her boyfriend providing essential services to Washingtonians while showing off their CougMasks in April 2020.

“Paying attention to the constraints was most important for this project,” said Bachman.  I had to plan the work with the resources or supplies I had on hand to make the masks, thank goodness I had elastic.” Being an avid Coug fan, Kay turned the yards of WSU themed fabric that she intended to make a tablecloth and decided to prioritize the resource and instead make facemasks.  The first round was sent to the immediate family that she felt needed them most.

Kay has a daughter who works in food service near Bellingham, WA, who is a student through WSU’s Global Campus, with this in mind, the WSU facemask seemed like a good choice.  “Many times a day, while wearing the facemask, my daughter will hear someone call out, Go Cougs!” Kay remarked. “I hate being separated from my family, but sewing the facemasks makes me feel connected.” The next round of facemasks is being sent out to her colleagues in the ETM program.