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UNR’s Mechanical Engineering Professor Aditya Nair Assists with COVID-19 Risk Meter

College of Engineering Assistant Professor Aditya Nair is developing the predictive capabilities of the Truckee Meadows COVID-19 Risk Meter.

Aditya Nair, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UNR

When faced with the challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic, a group of elected officials, doctors, medical professionals, data scientists, and public relations specialists from across the Truckee Meadows region developed the Truckee Meadows COVID Risk Meter. Based on five data indicators, the meter provides a daily assessment of the current coronavirus threat level, along with behavioral recommendations to reduce continued spread. Now, with the help of Assistant Professor Aditya Nair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Risk Meter will be able to predict the threat level in the next seven to ten days. The new predictive capabilities will allow the community to prepare for surges and will have a particularly powerful impact on the medical community.

“Our job is to say what the data will look like seven days from now so that hospitals can anticipate their staffing needs,” Nair said. “The predictive capability will allow us to make sure we have the bandwidth to handle more cases.”

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