Personal Protective Equipment Team

Serving Our Community
Award presented by
Maria Zuber, Vice President for Research

The next recipient of the Serving Our Community Award goes to the PPE team—27 people who worked together from every corner of the Institute.

  • Jim BagleyStrategic Sourcing Analyst, VPF
  • Douglas CiullaSupervisor, Mail Services, Department of Facilities
  • Ainsley CrayFunds Information Coordinator, Office of the Recording Secretary, VPF
  • Martin CulpepperProfessor of Mechanical Engineering, and Project Manus
  • Jim DoughtyIHP Sr. Program Manager, Environment, Health and Safety
  • Regina DuganCounsel, Office of General Counsel
  • Tolga DurakManaging Director, Environment Health and Safety, Office of the Executive Vice President and Treasurer & Vice President of Campus Services and Stewardship
  • Mike FahieManager, Mail Services, Department of Facilities
  • Rory HarringtonSenior Leadership Giving Officer, Office of Leadership Giving, Resource Development
  • Simon JohnsonRonald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship, Sloan School of Management
  • Valerie Jean Karplus(formerly) Sloan School of Management
  • Steve LanouProject Manager, Office of Sustainability
  • Monica LeeSenior Communications Officer, Communications & Customer Engagement, Department of Facilities
  • Tami LiebermanHermann L.F. von Helmholtz Assistant Professor, IMES and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Christina T LoDirector of Strategic Sourcing and Contracts, VPF
  • Molly Katherine McGuiganMIT Graduate student, CTL
  • Nicole MorellSustainability Communications Specialist, Office of Sustainability
  • Nadia MorrisonManager of Finance and Administration, Environment, Health and Safety
  • Martin W. O'BrienSenior Manager, Campus Services & Maintenance
  • Darren O’ConnorSupervisor, Mail Services, Department of Facilities
  • Nicolas PaquinAssociate Director, Environment, Health and Safety
  • Maura RidgeLeadership Giving Officer, IMES
  • Daniela RusDeputy Dean of Research, CSAIL Director, Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Zach SweetContracting Services Department, Lincoln Laboratory
  • Courtney VigoFinancial Analyst 1, VPF
  • Kathy D VitaleDirector of Gift Administration, Office of the Recording Secretary, VPF
  • Michael B YaffeDavid H. Koch Professor in Science, Department of Biology

When the rest of the world shut down in the early days of the pandemic, a team of MIT faculty, staff, and students ramped up BIG TIME. The 27 members of the PPE team came from Mail Services, Facilities, the Office of Sustainability, Campus Services, EHS, MIT Sloan, Mechanical Engineering, Resource Development, Civil Engineering, and many other areas of campus to collaborate toward a single critical goal: round up PPE and get it out to first responders.

The team collected N95 masks, gloves, gowns, antiseptic wipes, swabs and other PPE from 50 departments, labs, and centers, as well as from alumni around the world. In the earliest days of the pandemic, the team distributed more than 1.2 million items of personal protective equipment—in fact, one in every five units of PPE in Massachusetts was sourced from MIT.

Thank you team, on behalf of the millions of people who benefited from your efforts, which turned out to be a model for emergency mobilization. Congratulations!