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 179
  • Energy 65
  • Environment 81
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 222
  • Infrastructure 30
  • Manufacturing and Systems 31
  • Materials 92
  • Mechanical Engineering 54
  • Practice of Engineering 58
  • Sound 16
  • Sports 27
  • Structures and Traffic 44
  • Transportation 22
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  • 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.
  • Perfect Insulator
    Posted January 7, 2018

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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.
  • 2017 Review
    Posted December 31, 2017

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    As 2017 draws to a close, let’s take a look back at a few of this year’s engineering innovations that we covered.
  • Santa the Engineer
    Posted December 24, 2017

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    This Christmas, Santa made his annual flight, delivering presents to children around the globe. But how does one man—even with all those elves—accomplish such a feat?
  • Origami Muscle
    Posted December 17, 2017

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    Robots could interact more closely humans, and have a gentler touch, if all their parts could be soft. So researchers are working to give them muscles.
  • VR Pain Relief
    Posted December 10, 2017

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    The rapidly advancing technology of virtual reality may have a role in addressing the opioid crisis.
  • Storing Solar Heat
    Posted November 26, 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.
  • Energy From Evaporation
    Posted November 19, 2017

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    Researchers are working on a potential new renewable energy source…that could do double-duty, by conserving water too.
  • Window to World Challenges
    Posted November 12, 2017

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    At a recent summit focused on global Grand Challenges for engineering, students participated in a contest to create podcasts on “How to Change the World.”
  • Fuel From Plants
    Posted November 5, 2017

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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.
  • Master List of Murder
    Posted October 29, 2017

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    A new, publicly-available database of murders across the U-S could become a powerful tool to spot serial killers.
  • Tsunami Sensor
    Posted October 22, 2017

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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.