Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Engineering Innovation

The National Academy of Engineering works with the Washington, D.C. region's most listened-to radio station — the all-news format WTOP Radio — and the nation's only radio station specifically dedicated to covering news related to the federal government — WFED 1500 AM — to provide weekly features highlighting engineering innovations and stories that add technical context to issues in the news.

These features are now available as podcasts. Find out how to subscribe.

Your comments and ideas are welcome. Please share them with Randy Atkins at atkins@nae.edu.

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  • Aerospace 32
  • Chemical Engineering 44
  • Electronics/Computing/Internet 191
  • Energy 69
  • Environment 89
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 234
  • Infrastructure 32
  • Manufacturing and Systems 32
  • Materials 93
  • Mechanical Engineering 55
  • Practice of Engineering 60
  • Sound 20
  • Sports 28
  • Structures and Traffic 44
  • Transportation 24
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  • Navy Biosensors
    Posted June 13, 2019

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    Oceans are full of invisible bacterial life that are highly attuned to their environment, so the Navy is trying to enlist them.
  • Global STEM Challenges Program
    Posted June 7, 2019

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    This week, 50 Fairfax County students will be the first to complete a unique three-year program that could revolutionize the way STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – is taught.
  • Smartphone to Microscope
    Posted May 30, 2019

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    A potential new tool for identifying disease, and even stopping pandemics, is likely in your pocket. Researchers have engineered a way to transform smartphone pictures to laboratory quality microscopic images.
  • Mosquito Trick
    Posted May 23, 2019

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    The start of summer…back to thunderstorms and mosquitoes. Ever wonder how mosquitoes’ fragile bodies survive the impact of raindrops that are 50 times their weight?
  • Clean Hand Check
    Posted May 17, 2019

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    Do restaurant bathroom signs saying “Employees must wash hands” make you feel more comfortable? A new device is making sure workers hands are really clean.
  • Grabbing CO2
    Posted May 7, 2019

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    It may be too late to prevent climate change by simply reducing carbon dioxide emissions. So researchers are working on ways to grab C-O-2 that’s already in the air.
  • Computer Creativity
    Posted May 3, 2019

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    Can computers be creative? That was a topic of conversation at yesterday’s National Math Festival in D-C, during discussion of a book called The Creativity Code.
  • New Light on Baseball Injury
    Posted April 28, 2019

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    Lede: Elbow ligament damage is a common injury among baseball pitchers, including the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg. A new imaging technique is shedding light on why it happens and maybe even how to prevent it. Randy Atkins: The microscopic structure of elbow ligaments can be revealed by ...
  • Biodegradable Medical Device
    Posted April 17, 2019

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    Engineers have created the first medical device that simply dissolves in the body after its job is done.
  • Journalism and Engineering
    Posted April 14, 2019

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    Journalism and engineering seem like completely different lines of study. So why is one university in the Midwest putting students from those majors together…in Silicon Valley?
  • Plastic Eater
    Posted March 29, 2019

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    Most man-made plastic isn’t biodegradable and it’s not as easily recycled as you might think. But nature may have given us a clue about how to fix the problem.
  • Smart Stethoscope
    Posted March 23, 2019

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    Diagnosing lung diseases ideally uses tools like chest X-rays and blood tests, but in low-resource communities the stethoscope is often the only tool.
  • Tornado Detector
    Posted March 13, 2019

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    Lede:  This month’s devastating tornado in Alabama was an awful reminder that lives could be saved if only we could get earlier warnings about the path of such twisters. Randy Atkins: Hours before tornados really start swirling, they can emit infrasound…frequencies below what ...
  • Auto Hack
    Posted March 8, 2019

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    Today’s cars are basically computers on wheels, and are becoming more and more connected to the internet. So what if a particular brand got hacked?
  • Nose for Infections
    Posted March 1, 2019

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    This week, at a meeting of the American Physical Society, researchers will announce progress on developing an artificial nose that can “smell” the presence of bacterial infection.
  • Geoengineering
    Posted February 22, 2019

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    It would be the largest engineering project ever. Researchers are considering ways to actively cool the planet in case global warming gets out of control.
  • Shot in the Gut
    Posted February 13, 2019

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    No one likes injections. So the thought of getting them inside your body – by swallowing a pill with tiny needles – doesn’t, at first, sound appealing. But new research shows it’s a promising idea.
  • Fake News Sieve
    Posted February 7, 2019

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    While political views differ, democracy depends upon a basic agreement about facts. Can technology help people sort truth from trash in social media?
  • Football Gloves
    Posted February 1, 2019

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    It won’t be especially cold in Atlanta’s football stadium for tonight’s Super Bowl, but you’ll probably see the receivers wearing gloves anyway.
  • Bleeding Model
    Posted January 25, 2019

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    Biomedical engineers have, for the first time, created a working blood vessel system for testing how to treat injury or disease in the lab.
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