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 42
  • Electronics/Computing/Internet 182
  • Energy 68
  • Environment 83
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 223
  • Infrastructure 31
  • Manufacturing and Systems 31
  • Materials 92
  • Mechanical Engineering 54
  • Practice of Engineering 58
  • Sound 18
  • Sports 27
  • Structures and Traffic 44
  • Transportation 23
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  • Making a Muscle
    Posted May 23, 2018

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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.
  • Bleeding Model
    Posted May 18, 2018

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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.
  • Tornado Detector
    Posted May 11, 2018

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    This past week, researchers announced success detecting and predicting the path of a distant tornado…before it even formed.
  • Ultimate Liquid Repellent
    Posted May 4, 2018

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    Engineers have created a new coating that can make just about any liquid simply roll off. Could it truly be the end of red wine stains?
  • Stool to Tool
    Posted April 26, 2018

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    A team of students recently won a gold medal in an international contest for an innovation that could solve a messy problem for those planning trips to Mars.
  • Plastic Eater
    Posted April 20, 2018

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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.
  • Tsunami Sensor
    Posted April 15, 2018

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    Most earthquakes happen under water. And, as we’ve seen in recent years, the potential for damaging tsunami waves are real. But monitoring the sea floor is a challenge.
  • Energy From Evaporation
    Posted April 8, 2018

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    LEDE: Researchers are working on a potential new renewable energy source…that could do double-duty, by conserving water too.
  • Stunt Engineering
    Posted March 25, 2018

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    He calls himself a “stunt scientist” and has created dramatic scenes for many Hollywood movies…but thinks his process can be more powerful for kids than the final product.
  • Fuel From Plants
    Posted March 25, 2018

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    A large jet burns about one gallon of fossil fuel every second. So engineers are looking toward renewable sources, including crops.
  • “Sonic Weapon” or Accident?
    Posted March 18, 2018

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    Investigators are exploring the possibility that a mysterious “sonic weapon” may have been used against U-S and Canadian diplomats in Cuba, who suffered a variety of symptoms. But there might be simpler explanation.
  • Eating Monitor
    Posted March 11, 2018

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    Developing healthy eating habits could get much easier with a new technology that tracks your chewing.
  • Power Line Robots
    Posted March 4, 2018

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    Strong winds like those we’ve been having can cause power outages when trees or branches fall on electric lines. Robots may soon come to the rescue.
  • Brain-Machine Interface
    Posted February 25, 2018

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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.
  • The Impact of C++
    Posted February 18, 2018

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    The 5-hundred-thousand-dollar Draper Prize for Engineering will be awarded here in D-C on Tuesday…for an innovation you likely use every day without even knowing about it.
  • Hacking for the Homeless
    Posted February 11, 2018

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    Teams of students recently came together for a hackathon at Catholic University to engineer solutions for homeless in the DC area, and beyond.
  • Ribocomputer
    Posted February 4, 2018

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    A new type of computer – that would be housed inside your body – is being engineered to combat diseases.
  • Restoring Voice
    Posted January 28, 2018

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    Our voice is part of our identity. A new technology aims to restore it for those who’ve lost the ability to speak.
  • 10,000 Year Clock
    Posted January 21, 2018

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    As we look ahead to the New Year, a team of engineers is planning construction of mechanical clock as a monument they hope will still be working, and attracting visitors, thousands of years into the future.
  • Fake News and Other Views
    Posted January 14, 2018

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    As the war on “fake news” rages on, a team of university students has come up with a new attack plan.