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 33
  • Chemical Engineering 45
  • Electronics/Computing/Internet 191
  • Energy 69
  • Environment 93
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 238
  • Infrastructure 32
  • Manufacturing and Systems 33
  • Materials 95
  • Mechanical Engineering 55
  • Practice of Engineering 60
  • Sound 20
  • Sports 28
  • Structures and Traffic 44
  • Transportation 24
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  • Geoengineering
    Posted August 14, 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.
  • Mars Life Support
    Posted August 8, 2019

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    Mars has a harsh environment. So, in anticipation of human travel there, engineers are working on ways to make parts of the planet more hospitable for life.
  • Plastic Problem
    Posted August 1, 2019

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    Add another worry to the harmful effects of plastic litter – climate change.
  • Bio Wall
    Posted July 26, 2019

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    Most of us spend the large majority of our time indoors, where the air is often more polluted than outdoors. Now one engineer wants to incorporate some nature into the workings of our homes.
  • Urban Climate Planning
    Posted July 19, 2019

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    While today’s temperature in D-C is extreme, cities around the world are generally getting warmer…not only because of a climate change, but because urban infrastructure creates and traps heat.
  • Souped-up Plants
    Posted July 12, 2019

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    Nature’s plants take in carbon dioxide and use it to grow. But they can’t keep up with the amount of C-O-2 that we pump into the air by burning fossil fuels.
  • Sniffing Out Email Scammers
    Posted July 3, 2019

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    E-mail scams are the number one global cybercrime, but a newly engineered search tool is now being deployed to reveal the crooks.
  • Plastic Waste Crisis
    Posted June 26, 2019

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    Last year, China imposed a ban on plastic waste being sent there for recycling. Engineers are assessing the impacts and working on remedies for dealing with all of our plastic trash.
  • Guided Medicine
    Posted June 21, 2019

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    Side effects from treatments like chemotherapy might one day be dramatically reduced by a new method that delivers drugs only to a specific target.
  • 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.
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