An Engineering Podcast for Everyone
Steve McLaughlin posted on October 04, 2018 |

Check out the latest episode of The Uncommon Engineer in the player above.

Georgia Tech in Atlanta. (Image courtesy of Georgia Tech.)

Georgia Tech in Atlanta. (Image courtesy of Georgia Tech.)
Engineers across the world do so much that makes an impact on our lives. But often their contributions go unnoticed. Engineers do amazing things that make the lives of millions of people safer, healthier and more connected. These engineers have changed the way we work, live, drive, fly – even the way we get educated.  

An uncommon engineer is one who’s research is different, at least in the more accepted definition of an engineer. Uncommon engineers are making a significant impact on our world – in the fields of brain mapping and medicine, all the way to cyber forensics.  These are the engineers who may work at the nano- and micro- levels, who have novel approaches to age-old problems, or whose work may break new ground and redefine their fields. For these uncommon engineers, the one thing they have in common is that they make new discoveries and innovate engineering and our world every day.

With this in mind, I decided to start a podcast that showcases the outstanding research that engineers work on across our College. Over the past few months, I’ve been getting to know the ins and outs of podcasting, interviewing many of our fascinating faculty members about their research. 

The Uncommon Engineer launched this summer as the College of Engineering’s inaugural podcast event. It covers a range of topics from healthcare to the environment to data privacy in our digital world. In each episode, I talk to one of our cutting-edge engineers to bring our listeners the stories of how Tech’s research impacts their lives.

So far, we’ve talked to a bioengineer about gene therapy and CRISPR technology. I’ve chatted with a mechanical engineer about drone technology. And one of our most eclectic engineers has talked about what we can learn from animal urination (he studies fluid mechanics). We also tackle current news topics, like cybersecurity and SpaceX launches. A new segment called Geekout provides bonus content from each episode that dives deeper into the topics – which is perfect for listeners who really want to get into the weeds of engineering.
What sets The Uncommon Engineer podcast apart from others is impact. It’s not just about the research, inventions and accolades. It’s about how engineering makes a difference in our world and in our daily lives. It’s about the why – why it matters to you.  

If there is a topic you’d like to hear about on our podcast, I am all ears.

Email editor@coe.gatech.edu and we’ll try to make it happen.

Happy listening, all.


Dr. Steven W. McLaughlin is the Dean and Southern Company Chair of the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves as the chief academic officer of the College and provides leadership to more than 450 faculty members and 13,000 students, the largest engineering college in the country.

His research interests are in the general area of communications and information theory. His research group has more than 250 papers in journals and conferences in the areas of forward error correction and equalization in wireless communications, magnetic/optical data storage, data security and privacy.

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