Application of Plasma Air Technology in a College University


Vienna McGrain


Rochester Institute of Technology

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RIT Faculty Look Ahead To Classroom Instruction This Fall

RIT Associate Professor Sean Hansen is looking forward to the start of fall semester when he's scheduled to teach two sections of Information Systems and Technology to first-year students.

RIT is also reprogramming its air handling units to provide the freshest air possible to learning spaces to provide dilution, as recommended by the CDC. Enhancements include the installation of bipolar ionization systems from manufacturer Plasma Air to help neutralize viruses, bacteria, allergens, mold, and other airborne contaminants, including those that spread COVID-19.

In addition, academic buildings and classrooms will be deep cleaned daily and equipped with spray bottles filled with EPA-compliant disinfectant to allow students and faculty to disinfect their areas before and after each class.

Teaching spaces have transparent barriers installed at the front of the classroom to serve as a barrier between instructors and students to help block the direct transmission of large respiratory droplets.

Coming soon are communications strategies for faculty and staff to use in managing "In-the-moment issues" throughout campus and guidance on when to contact RIT Public Safety.

"Many faculty, such as myself, realize that RIT has gone above and beyond to create a campus that is safe for student and faculty return,” said Jill Burress, an adjunct faculty member at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. “This is our time as professors to show our students that we are willing to go above and beyond to make this a rewarding and memorable educational experience despite these uncertain times".

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