Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Engineering Innovation

The National Academy of Engineering has worked 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. Hear some of our stories in the links below.


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  • Aerospace 34
  • Chemical Engineering 45
  • Electronics/Computing/Internet 201
  • Energy 73
  • Environment 111
  • Health/Medicine/Biotechnology 252
  • Infrastructure 32
  • Manufacturing and Systems 34
  • Materials 97
  • Mechanical Engineering 56
  • Practice of Engineering 60
  • Sound 20
  • Sports 29
  • Structures and Traffic 45
  • Transportation 24
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  • Halloween Fog
    Posted October 30, 2003
    It's a Halloween staple in haunted houses, plays, and movies. But the safety of artificial fog is being questioned tonight.
  • Power Flowers
    Posted November 2, 2003
    Thinking about splurging on a big flower arrangement for your sweetie, but weighing the price against how long it'll last?
  • Dirty Emissions? He'll Catch You!
    Posted November 9, 2003
    Are you tied of the yearly ritual of waiting in line for auto emissions testing? Well, there might be a way to avoid it.
  • One Type Fits All
    Posted November 9, 2003
    It could save your life in an emergency. Researchers may have found a way to create a universal blood type.
  • Spotting Spores
    Posted November 16, 2003
    Seemingly positive tests for anthrax recently shut down eleven D.C.-area post offices. How could they have been wrong, and how do you actually go about snagging a spore?
  • Kinder, Gentler Endometriosis Treatment
    Posted November 23, 2003
    One in ten women of reproductive age has excessive tissue growth in the lining of her uterus. It's called endometriosis. Hysterectomy is currently the only way to ensure a cure, but now that is changing.
  • Football Brain Strain
    Posted November 27, 2003
    There's lots of football on this holiday weekend and that means lots of tackles and possibly, in the course of that, some concussions.
  • The Future of Flight
    Posted December 17, 2003
    This Wednesday is the hundredth anniversary of the Wright Brothers? first flight in North Carolina. But did you know that history was made locally by the brothers?
  • The Gilbreth Guide to Holiday Shopping
    Posted December 20, 2003
    The movie "Cheaper By The Dozen" opens Christmas day. Its real-life characters could have probably helped you juggle activities of the season.
  • The Technology of Time
    Posted December 27, 2003
    2004 is almost here. The number of time-dependent technologies is increasing all the time, and you probably don?t even know it. It?s time you learned about time.
  • Joe Gibbs, Head Engineer
    Posted January 9, 2004
    You thought Joe Gibbs was a football coach...or maybe a NASCAR owner? Some see him as an engineer.
  • http://WTOP.mars
    Posted January 17, 2004
    Years before the President's plan for a human trip to Mars, an Internet pioneer began pushing NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to build an interplanetary Internet.
  • Check Out That Slow Mo'?It's a Gas!
    Posted January 25, 2004
    This weekend, men across the country are thinking about a TV upgrade in time for the Super Bowl... and they drool over plasma screens.
  • Architecture of the Cell
    Posted February 7, 2004
    Our understanding of how cells are constructed could change, because one biologist took an art class.
  • A Broken (Chocolate) Heart
    Posted February 14, 2004
    Chocolate's mysterious properties are supposed to seduce your Valentine, but only if it?s engineered correctly.
  • Future of the Personal Computer
    Posted February 21, 2004
    One of the most famous television ads in history aired almost exactly twenty years ago, and the computer industry has never looked back.
  • Taking the Bite Out of an Asteroid
    Posted February 28, 2004
    For several scary hours last month, while we were worried about terrorists, scientists had their eyes on a possible weapon of mass destruction coming from outer space.
  • Bubble Fusion: Star in a Jar
    Posted March 6, 2004
    It's the holy grail?an unlimited, clean energy source. Fusion powers the sun, but scientists haven't been able to harness it on earth.
  • Electricity from Mud
    Posted March 14, 2004
    Need power in the middle of nowhere? Like, say, Afghanistan, or the ocean floor? No problem. All you need is mud.
  • Fallout Forensics
    Posted March 20, 2004
    The anthrax investigation illustrates how hard it is to catch a bio-terrorist. Those who choose nuclear weapons may leave behind even fewer clues.
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