Lebanese-American engineer honored for invention that kills coronavirus in mid-air

The Lebanese-American engineer and managing director Monzer Hourani was named one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of the Year by Engineering News Record (ENR) and received the Award of Excellence, ENR’s highest recognition.

Hourani, CEO of Medistar Corporation and Integrated Viral Protection (IVP), was recognized on Thursday at the ENR Newsmaker of the year 2021 and the Award of Excellence Luncheon.

He has been recognized for his lifelong achievements in structural engineering, architecture, design and real estate development, as well as for his latest breakthrough technology, the Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System.

The said system has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergencies during the Pandonavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) and approved by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Texas-based research has shown that SARS-CoV-2 (99.999%) and other viruses in the air are instantly killed using air filter technology covered with an overheated nickel foam fabric.

Hourani’s biodefense technology, developed by IVP, is used in the United States in medical centers, schools, restaurants, and other buildings and institutions as an extra layer of protection against COVID-19.

A model of the Biodefense indoor air protection system.A model of the Biodefense indoor air protection system.
Photo credit: ENR / IVP

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award and to be in such a distinguished company,” said Hourani during his honor.

“When the pandemic started, I knew we would need a solution to get us back together safely indoors.”

He added, “There’s no better time to capitalize on the importance of indoor air quality to safely reopen our world with technology that will protect future generations.”

A pioneer in the construction industry in the United States, 77-year-old Hourani developed and designed a wide variety of office buildings, medical facilities, shopping malls, hotels, and other structures.

The American Society of Inspecting Engineers has recognized Hourani as a “Leading Innovator” for his outstanding contributions to the industry, including his significant role in introducing innovative technologies to healthcare properties.

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