Engineering News Record Names Monzer Hourani of Houston as Top Engineer of the Year and Award of Excellence Recipient for Warp Speed Deployment of Breakthrough COVID-19 Killing HVAC Filter Endorsed by American Society of Mechanical Engineers

ENR to Host Live International Awards Ceremony Broadcast at Noon CT and Free Celebratory Triumph of Our People COVID-19 Tribute Concert at 8 P.M. CT at the Wortham Center April 8

Headlining Performances by the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony

University of Houston Moores School Symphony Orchestra and Virtuosi of Houston

Special Performances by David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco

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Monzer Hourani, CEO of Houston-based Integrated Viral Protection and Medistar, will be bestowed Engineering News Record’s (ENR) highest recognition as the recipient of the 2021 ENR Award of Excellence. The ENR Award of Excellence winner is selected from the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2020. (ENR article about Hourani available here.)


Hourani is being honored for inventing the IVP Biodefense Indoor Air System, the only existing air filter system proven by Texas-based research institutions to instantaneously catch and kill airborne COVID-19 (99.999%) and other biological viruses in a single pass. The invention has FDA approval for emergency use during the COVID-19 pandemic. This system is proven as the only technology to “catch and kill” actual SARS-CoV-2 (99.999%), the virus causing COVID-19, and other dangerous airborne pathogens, instantaneously.


Hourani will receive ENR’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence, for his lifetime achievement in structural engineering, architecture, design, and real estate development as well as for his breakthrough invention of the Biodefense Indoor Air Protection Filtration System.


When &



ENR’s 2020 Newsmakers of the Year and Award of Excellence Broadcast and Private Event

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

Thursday, April 8 at 12 p.m. CT

(Guests are asked to be seated by 11:45 a.m. for a private luncheon and broadcast event. Media are invited to cover the event in person and virtually).

Attending the in-person and hybrid ceremony hosted by IVP Air are ENR’s top 25 Newsmakers of the Year and previous Award of Excellence winners from around the country including, Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp, with elected officials including former Texas Governor and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry; senators Marco Rubio and John Cornyn; former Secretary 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 leaders of the Texas Medical Center, among others.


FREE Special COVID-19 Tribute Triumph of Our People Celebratory Concerto

Thursday, April 8 at 8 p.m. (Doors open for pre-concert reception at 7 p.m. Valet parking available. Business attire recommended. Face coverings requested for safety of patrons, special guests, and performers.) Admission to the event is available on a first-come, first-served basis (no reserved seating).

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

The Wortham is the first entertainment venue in the country to be outfitted with IVP’s indoor biodefense air system.


Special Performances by: David Archuleta, Nathan Pacheco, Moores School Symphony Orchestra, Virtuosi of Houston, members of the Houston Symphony and the Houston Grand Opera. Conductors: Monzer Hourani, Franz Anton Krager, Andrzej Grabiec


To access the concert virtually, please visit at 8 p.m. CT on April 8.

About Integrated Viral Protection (IVP)

Integrated Viral Protection Solutions, LP (IVP) was created by Monzer Hourani in April 2020, to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic and to foster research, development, and deployment of technologies that offer biodefense solutions to mitigate transmission of biological threats in indoor environments. At the heart of this award-winning biodefense design is a proprietary heated mesh that works in conjunction with legacy air filtration found in HVAC systems. The resulting suite of products will offer proven in-line mitigation for the airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors. This technology has been recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a top innovation of 2020 for fighting COVID-19, and Hourani is recognized by Engineering News-Record as a top newsmaker. The invention has FDA approval for emergency use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System is first line prevention technology against environmentally (airborne) mediated transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The heated biodefense filter can be retrofitted into commercial and home HVAC systems and/or deployed as a mobile unit equipped with powerful filtration capability. For more information, please visit


Media Contact for IVP and Monzer Hourani:
Laura Pennino, 281 286 9398 office, 713 419 1776 mobile,

Release Summary

Monzer Hourani of Houston named Engineering News Record engineer of year, award of excellence recipient for inventing COVID-19 killing product.


Media Contact for IVP and Monzer Hourani:
Laura Pennino, 281 286 9398 office, 713 419 1776 mobile,