Carnegie Mellon University

March 30, 2020

A message to the CMU Research Community, 

Thanks to your generosity and rapid response we had successful delivery of temporarily excess personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Allegheny County Health Department. We had intended to do a one-time collection but thanks to outreach from researchers we have learned that we may still have more to share.

We are now announcing a second and final opportunity for the CMU research community to donate any excess PPE that may be in your labs. The most pressing need is for masks, particularly N95 type (but others are accepted). Other items to consider for donation are goggles, disposable medical gowns, gloves, and medical face shields. No liquids or perishable materials should be donated.

Here are the process and timeline we will use for collecting and donating this equipment:

  • Timeline:
    • PPE collection from labs: Thursday, April 2nd and Friday, April 3rd, between the hours of 9am – 5pm.
    • PPE due to CMU University Police collection point (300 S. Craig St. in Oakland): Friday, April 3rd 6pm.
    • PPE delivered to Allegheny County Health Department by CMUPD: Saturday, April 4th.
  • Process:
    • The leaders of labs/research groups with any temporarily excess PPE need to email the following information to by Wednesday, April 1st.
      • Lab location (Building and Room Number)
      • Lab designee to retrieve PPE
    • Lab designee can be CMU staff, faculty or grad student. The lab designee CANNOT be an undergraduate student.
    • Social distancing protocols must be observed at all times. Keep your distance!
    • To reiterate, this is one-time lab access to gather excess PPE, not an opportunity to do research or perform other non-approved research-related tasks.  All labs should be transitioned and ramped down at this time.
    • PPE should be dropped off at the University Police location at 300 S. Craig St. in Oakland.  University Police and Facilities Management Services are making arrangements for delivery to the Allegheny County Health Department on Saturday.

In light of any potential issues with donating materials purchased on sponsored accounts, faculty are responsible for ensuring that they are acting in accordance with what is allowed on their grant. Please work with OSP if you are unclear on current guidance related to donation of materials on your specific grant.

It is inspiring to see our research community coming together to aid the broader Pittsburgh region. Thank you for all of your efforts and flexibility over the past weeks. You are making a difference in our community.

With sincere appreciation,


J. Michael McQuade, PhD.
Vice President for Research