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 165
  • Energy 53
  • Environment 71
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 208
  • Infrastructure 26
  • Manufacturing and Systems 29
  • Materials 90
  • Mechanical Engineering 51
  • Practice of Engineering 50
  • Sound 14
  • Sports 26
  • Structures and Traffic 40
  • Transportation 17
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  • 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.
  • "Dream Big"
    Posted February 19, 2017

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    A new IMAX film that takes you from the Great Wall of China to the tallest of modern skyscrapers may give you a new perspective on engineers…as we found out at this week’s premiere.
  • Engineer vs. Football Player
    Posted February 12, 2017

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    Now that football’s over for the season, are you missing it? Maybe even dreaming of becoming a pro football player yourself and raking in the big bucks?
  • Be The Player
    Posted February 5, 2017

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    Today’s Super Bowl TV viewing experience will include a new technology that offers unlimited angles on the action.
  • AI Poker Player
    Posted January 29, 2017

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    A computer using artificial intelligence is taking on the world’s best poker players at a competition in Pittsburgh and, in a groundbreaking feat, it’s winning.
  • Storing Solar Heat
    Posted January 22, 2017

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    Researchers have engineered a new chemical that stores solar heat, and releases it when needed. It could one day warm your clothes and de-ice your windshield.
  • The Perfect Insulator
    Posted January 15, 2017

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    Much of the world’s energy usage goes toward heating or cooling our buildings. But that could change if engineers are successful at making the perfect insulator.
  • Climate Change Resolution
    Posted January 8, 2017

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    Like a New Year’s resolution, deciding whether to do anything about climate change may boil down to human nature.
  • Santa the Engineer
    Posted December 25, 2016

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    Well, Santa did it again! Against the odds, delivering all those presents last night. But maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised.