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.

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 30
  • Chemical Engineering 41
  • Electronics/Computing/Internet 168
  • Energy 56
  • Environment 72
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 211
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Google Brain
    Posted May 14, 2017

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    A team of engineers at Google is working to give machines the ability to learn…with the aim of improving products and services.
  • Battling Bridge Corrosion
    Posted April 30, 2017

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    College students from across the country came to on Capitol Hill on April 27 with posters highlighting their research. One is a student from the University of Maryland Baltimore County who wants to use existing technology to improve the nation’s infrastructure.
  • Future of Virtual Reality
    Posted April 16, 2017

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    The dream of creating a fully-immersive and convincing virtual reality may still be in the future, but engineers at Oculus say we’re getting closer.
  • Energy In Your Step
    Posted April 9, 2017

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    In one section of town, DC pedestrians are generating renewable energy…and may not even know it.
  • Rewarming Organs
    Posted April 2, 2017

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    Human organs must be used for transplant soon after removal, but freezing them often causes damage. Engineers are developing a solution.
  • Student Day
    Posted March 26, 2017

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    This summer, teams of US college students will compete with counterparts in other countries at a “Shark Tank”-like business plan competition aimed at tackling the biggest issues of our time.
  • Separating Salt
    Posted March 17, 2017

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    Access to clean, salt-free water is challenging in many parts of the world. A new system may make desalination of water easier.
  • Restoring Feel
    Posted March 12, 2017

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    The FDA has cleared the first human trials of an investigational device that could give real sensation to artificial hands.
  • Interscatter Communication
    Posted March 5, 2017

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    Your contact lenses might one day be engineered with technologies that do more than correct vision.
  • AI Poker Winner
    Posted February 26, 2017

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    In a landmark step for artificial intelligence, a computer program has beaten the world’s best poker players at a 20 day competition in Pittsburgh.