Jay Margalus is the Co-founder of the Illinois PPE Network. When the pandemic broke out, he took on another job, starting The Illinois PPE Network, which is a group of volunteer makers, librarians, scientists, museum staff, and other public servants who are fabricating personal protective equipment (PPE) for the State of Illinois. He is the Faculty Director of Makerspaces at DePaul University. DePaul was one of the first largest liberal arts universities to open a makerspace, known as the Idea Realization Lab, on the Loop Campus in fall 2017. He has been recognized for his endeavors around both the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.