Engineering’s Joseph Potkay discusses artificial lung creation

Artificial inspiration

Nature: About 65 million people live with chronic pulmonary obstruction disease, many of whom require lung transplants. Relatively few lungs are donated, and so new technologies that serve the same purpose are needed. Joseph Potkay, research assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and colleagues recently created a credit-card-sized artificial lung that doesn’t require pure oxygen. “We’re pushing the size limits of this technology,” he said.