The Western campus viewed from the air looking out towards the islands and Bellingham bay

Class Notes: Jonathan “Nate” Perkins, '10

Perkins was on a team of military doctors who invented a device to protect medical workers from COVID

U.S. Army CPT Jonathan “Nate” Perkins, ’10, B.S., biochemistry, (left, in the photo) is an Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and chief resident at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and was on a team of military doctors who invented the COVID-19 Airway Management Isolation Chamber (CAMIC) to protect medical personnel while caring for patients in the early days of the pandemic. The CAMIC was approved in 2020 by the FDA for use in military hospitals and has been used in deployed settings where personal protective equipment and COVID-19 testing aren’t readily available. A private company is mass-producing the device, as well. Perkins and his fellow inventors received Joint Service Commendation Medals for their work developing the CAMIC.