For James Gao, Adler’s IT Director, the Fight Against COVID-19 is a Family Affair

May 2020

As the novel coronavirus spread through the New York City, many healthcare workers faced looming shortages in personal protection equipment. James Gao and his son Jonathan, a Senior at Brooklyn Technical High School, came up with a unique way to help — they started making 3D printed face shields for frontline workers.

In between studying, Jonathan is printing at least 100 face shields a week. As of May 15th, Jonathan has 3D-printed 900 protective face shields that have been donated to local hospitals, including Weill Cornell, New York-Presbyterian and Montefiore Health System.

Jonathan started a GoFundMe page for 3D-Printing Face Shields COVID-19 Relief Efforts.  To date, over $2,000 has been raised from Brooklyn Tech alumni, Adler employees, family and friends. Any money not used in the 3D-printing process will be used to support healthcare workers, who can use the proceeds to purchase medical equipment, to continue work in clinical labs and to ensure their own safety while taking care of patients.

Jonathan wishes to pursue a career in medicine and science research and will be a Yalow Scholar at Hunter College, Class of 2024. Everyone at Adler is very proud of Jonathan.

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