Engineering News Record names Houston-based Monzer Hourani Top Engineer of the Year and Award of Excellence Recipient for Use of Groundbreaking COVID-19 Kill HVAC Filter Recommended by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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Monzer Hourani, CEO of Integrated Viral Protection and Medistar in Houston, is awarded the highest recognition by Engineering News Record (ENR) as a recipient of the 2021 ENR Award of Excellence. The winner of the ENR Award of Excellence will be selected from the top 25 newsmakers of 2020. (Find ENR article on Hourani here.)

Hourani is honored for inventing the IVP Biodefense Indoor Air System, the only existing air filtration system proven by Texas research institutes to instantly capture and kill airborne COVID-19 (99.999%) and other biological viruses in a single pass. The invention has FDA approval for use in an emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic. This system is proven to be the only technology that actually instantly “catches and kills” SARS-CoV-2 (99.999%), the COVID-19 virus and other dangerous airborne pathogens.

Hourani receives ENR’s highest accolade, the Award of Excellence, for lifelong achievement in structural engineering, architecture, design and real estate development, as well as for his groundbreaking invention of the Biodefense indoor air protection filter system.

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ENRs 2020 Newsmakers of the Year and Award of Excellence Broadcast and Private Event

Private event and live broadcast at the InterContinental Houston Texas Medical Center | 6750 Main Street, Houston, Texas.

Thursday April 8th at 12 p.m. CT

(Guests are asked to sit down by 11:45 am for a private lunch and a radio event. The media are invited to provide face-to-face and virtual coverage of the event.)

The personal and hybrid ceremony hosted by IVP Air will be attended by ENR’s 25 Best Newsmakers of the Year and past Award of Excellence winners from across the country, including Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp with elected officials including the former Texas Governor and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry; Senators Marco Rubio and John Cornyn; former Minister of Housing and Mayor of San Antonio Henry Cisneros; global health and business leaders such as Mehmet Oz (Dr. Oz); Edward Aldag Jr., CEO of Medical Properties Trust; Tony Misitano, CEO of Post Acute Medical; John Spooner, CEO of Greystone Communities; Kim Bassett, President of Stewart Medical and Director of the Texas Medical Center, among others.

FREE COVID-19 tribute triumph of our folk festival concert

Thursday, April 8th, 8:00 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm for pre-concert reception. Valet parking available. Business attire recommended. Face covering required for safety of guests, special guests and performers.) Entry to the event is possible for the first time – Income on a first served basis (no reserved seats).

Brown Theater – The Wortham Center | 501 Texas Avenue, Houston, Texas

The Wortham is that first entertainment venue in the country Equipped with the biological defense air system from IVP.

Featured performances by: David Archuleta, Nathan Pacheco, the Moore’s School Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Virtuosos, members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera. Conductors: Monzer Hourani, Franz Anton Krager, Andrzej Grabiec

For virtual access to the concert, please visit on April 8th at 8pm CT.

Information on integrated virus protection (IVP)

Integrated Viral Protection Solutions, LP (IVP) was launched by Monzer Hourani in April 2020 to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic and promote the research, development and use of technologies that provide biological defense solutions to prevent transmission reduce biological threats in indoor environments. At the heart of this award-winning Biodefense design is a proprietary heated mesh that works in conjunction with traditional air filtration in HVAC systems. The resulting suite of products offers proven in-line mitigation for indoor airborne transmission of COVID-19. This technology has been recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as the Top Innovation of 2020 to Fight COVID-19, and Hourani is recognized as a top newsmaker by Engineering News-Record. The invention has FDA approval for use in an emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Biodefense indoor air protection system is a first-line prevention technology against environmental (airborne) transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The heated biodefense filter can be retrofitted in commercial and private HVAC systems and / or used as a mobile unit with a powerful filter function. More information is available at

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