Top 5 Control Engineering articles April 20-26, 2020

Articles about signs of hope amidst COVID-19, laser treatment to kill bacteria, research to improve masks, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from April 20-26, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay April 27, 2020

The top 5 most read articles online, from April 20-26 for Control Engineering covered COVID-19 engineering and manufacturing impacts, laser treatments to kill bacteria, improvements for masks and mask alternatives and more. Links to each article below.

1. Signs of hope for manufacturing amid COVID-19

While manufacturing has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are signs and reasons to be optimistic about a recovery in the months and years to come.

2. COVID-19 impact on engineering, engineers

Engineers like facts and seek credible information sources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) effects to the engineering-related world. Engineers also have technologies, processes and expert advice that can help.

3. Laser treatment designed to kill bacteria on metal surfaces

Purdue engineers have created a laser treatment that kills bacteria on metal surfaces by giving it a different texture, which could be used for medical device manufacturing processes.

4. Engine emission researchers retool to identify effective N95 mask alternatives

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are leveraging tools used to measure the particulate from combustion engines to measure the filtration efficiency for alternative N95 masks to help improve supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Self-sanitizing face mask project for COVID-19 research receives NSF grant

A Northwestern University researcher has received National Science Foundation (NSF) funding to develop a new self-sanitizing medical face mask that deactivates viruses on contact for better personal protective equipment (PPE).

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on, April 20-26, for articles published within the last two months.

Keagan Gay, digital media & production coordinator, CFE Media,

Author Bio: Keagan Gay is a digital media & production coordinator for CFE Media.