Medical Air Purifing Respirator

AWARD: BRONZE  Industrial Design Excellence Award  1995  an annual product design competition sponsored by The Industrial Designers Society of America and Business Week Magazine

PROJECT: PAPR – Powered Air Purifying Respirator
Georgia Institute of Technology: Masters Thesis, Industrial Design, GA “Development of a Powered Air Purifying Respirator for the Healthcare Environment”  Prepared by Mr. Willis Whiteside

This masters thesis design project involved development of a lightweight, battery powered, positive pressure, loose fitting respirator, that uses a high-efficiency particulate air filter.   The final semantic appearance is symbolic of the angelic “halo” and considers the physical, human factors, psychological and social aspects of the patient-caretaker relationship.   It included a 105 page written thesis including supervision by 3 thesis advisors.

Credits / Gratitude:

Mr. William (Bill) Bullock,  Senior Advisor
(GT Department Head,  Industrial Design Department)

Mr. Len D. Singer, Advisor
(GT  Professor I.D. Department)

Mr. David I. Jacobi,  Advisor
(GT  Masters – Human Factors Department)

Mr. Paul Hiltman, Technical Advisor
(ISI Corporation, Lawrenceville GA)

Mrs. Debbie Whiteside

Ms. Linda Forman

Mr. Mel Hutto

Mrs. Carolina Gill,  Mock-Up Photography Model

Mr. Doug Purvis, Purvis Photography

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