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Our Mission

The Respiratory Protection Engineering Task Force is a group of researchers based at Cambridge University, dedicated to investigating and advancing the science of face masks, face coverings and half-face respirators.  Our research seeks to empower main communities: healthcare workers, mask designers, and civilians. 


Our goals are to help provide the engineering research required both to enable individuals to make educated decisions about protecting themselves and to enable designers, including home sewers and small-scale designers, to create the best possible protective masks.  We take a systems approach to mask science - evaluating problems from systems, people, design, and risk perspectives.


Our Research

June 20, 2020

What fabrics are best for making face masks?

Pre-print of study evaluating the ability of twenty common fabrics to filter small particles and thus act as good materials for face masks.

August 6, 2020

How can qualitative fit testing be performed without a commercial kit?

Qualitative fit testing is an accessible way of checking if a tight fitting face mask (such as an N95 mask) fits the user. However, increased demands on supplies have made many individuals unable to obtain the necessary supplies.

August 2020

How important is fit?  Do 'fit checks' work? (preprint)

What type of protection can different types of masks offer?  How important is fit in achieving this protection?  Does a 'fit check' accuratly predict fit?


Our Team

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Eugenia O'Kelly
  • Head of the Respiratory Protection Engineering Task Force

  • Department of Engineering, Healthcare Design Group

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James Ward
  • Principal Research Associate

  • Department of Engineering, Healthcare Design Group

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Anmol Arora
  • Fourth year medical student at Cambridge University, with an intercalated degree in Management Studies from the Cambridge Judge Business School.

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Sophia Pirog
  • Research coordinator at Northwestern University

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John Clarkson
  • Director, Cambridge Engineering Design Centre

  • Professor of Engineering Design (Cambridge) and Healthcare Systems (TU Delft)

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Charlotte Pearson
  • Research assistant for the Respiratory Protection Engineering Task Force

  • Undergraduate at the University of Oregon

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Healthcare Design Group

Department of Engineering

Univeristy of Cambridge

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