Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

WTOP Radio Series Archive

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.

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

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  • Aerospace 30
  • Chemical Engineering 41
  • Electronics/Computing/Internet 171
  • Energy 60
  • Environment 75
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 215
  • Infrastructure 27
  • Manufacturing and Systems 29
  • Materials 90
  • Mechanical Engineering 51
  • Practice of Engineering 50
  • Sound 14
  • Sports 26
  • Structures and Traffic 41
  • Transportation 18
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  • Battery Window
    Posted October 8, 2017

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    Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries power things like our cell phones, laptops, and cars. But, as you’ve probably heard, sometimes they can literally explode.
  • Making a Muscle
    Posted October 1, 2017

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    Engineers are making artificial muscles that could repair or replace damaged muscle in people, or be used in various other applications like robots.
  • Smart Ankle
    Posted September 24, 2017

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    Lower-limb amputees may soon be able to avoid a common cause of stumbling or falling with a newly-engineered “smart ankle.”
  • CityTree
    Posted September 10, 2017

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    A new “smart tree” may soon help make cities greener and cleaner.
  • Engineered Eclipse
    Posted September 3, 2017

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    Engineers are creating a new type of window that can tint on demand within seconds.
  • Water From Air
    Posted August 20, 2017

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    A new solar-powered device might be able to get water from the air—almost any place on Earth.
  • Saving the Coral Reefs
    Posted August 13, 2017

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    Could coral reefs be saved by a pipeline? That’s the dream of an engineer with an innovative idea to address the effects of climate change.
  • Ribocomputer
    Posted August 6, 2017

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    A new type of computer – that would be housed inside your body – is being engineered to combat diseases.
  • Mannered Robots
    Posted July 30, 2017

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    DARPA, a government agency focused on technological breakthroughs, is challenging researchers with a big task: teaching robots manners.
  • Future of Virtual Reality
    Posted July 23, 2017

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    At the Global Grand Challenges Summit in D-C this week, the future of virtual reality and its potential applications was a key topic.
  • FIRST Global
    Posted July 16, 2017

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    A first-ever Olympics-like robotics competition begins in D-C today, bringing together young people from 160 countries.
  • Eating Monitor
    Posted July 9, 2017

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    Developing healthy eating habits could get much easier with a new technology that tracks your chewing.
  • Smart Traffic Signals
    Posted July 2, 2017

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    Even the most sophisticated traffic signal timing systems only respond to local conditions, and might cause more harm than good on your drive home.
  • Charging on the Go
    Posted June 25, 2017

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    Soon you may be able to cut the cord from your technology, and charge it while on the move.
  • Smart Streetlights
    Posted June 18, 2017

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    The District is working to secure its place as a frontrunner in the movement towards “smart cities,” one LED bulb at a time.
  • Navigation for the Blind
    Posted June 11, 2017

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    Walking sticks for the blind might become a thing of the past, as a new wearable technology gives the visually-impaired greater access to the world around them.
  • Cleaner Cities With Smart Trash Cans
    Posted June 4, 2017

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    You probably won’t even notice but, if you walk many in D-C streets, now you’ll be passing by and dropping your litter in “smart” trash cans.
  • Engineering of Our Brain
    Posted May 28, 2017

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    Scientists and engineers are trying to understand how the brain works in order to tackle mental disorders and improve quality of life.
  • Brain-Machine Interface
    Posted May 21, 2017

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    Engineers are literally extending the reach of brains…allowing them to send signals that can operate machines and open up new human potential.