Mechanical Engineering


UCL Ventura team wins prestigious engineering award

20 August 2020

UCL healthcare engineers who developed a CPAP breathing aid now used in hospitals across the UK have received an award from the Royal Academy of Engineering for exceptional services during a pandemic.

Prof Tim Baker working on the UCL Ventura device

The UCL Ventura team, led by Professor Rebecca Shipley (UCL Healthcare Engineering) and Professor Tim Baker (UCL Mechanical Engineering), worked with Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains and UCLH to reverse engineer a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device in record time, gaining regulatory approval in 10 days. The UCL-Ventura device is now helping patients in more than 60 hospitals across the UK.

In recognition of their efforts, the team behind the UCL-Ventura device have received the Royal Academy of Engineering’s President’s Special Award for Pandemic Services. The awards, given to 19 individuals and teams across the UK, honour exceptional engineering achievements in tackling Covid-19.

Read the story at the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering