The Uncommon Engineer is the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s award-winning podcast, hosted by Dean Steve McLaughlin. Our podcast covers topics ranging from healthcare to the environment to data privacy in our digital world. In each episode, Dean McLaughlin talks to cutting-edge engineers to discover how their research impacts our lives. 
What sets The Uncommon Engineer apart 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.  

Recent Episodes

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A Safe Path Forward

In 2020, Covid-19 entered the United States and changed our daily lives. Quarantining, face coverings, social distancing, and working from home have become our “new normal.” The spread of Covid-19 is flattening out and the number of cases in some parts of the country have leveled off. However, experts warn of a second wave in the fall. So, how do we move forward in the face of Covid-19 and its continued impact on our lives? And what should we do to plan for the future?

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Engineers Turned Entrepreneurs: The Nunnally Twins

Innovation is one of the core pillars of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering. And for many engineers, that means becoming an entrepreneur after earning a degree. Our guests today are brothers, often known as the “Tech Twins,” Travis and Troy Nunnally. They both earned graduate degrees from the College, became serial entrepreneurs, and cofounded a business venture called Brain Rain Solutions.

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Quantum Computing Breakthroughs with Moinuddin Qureshi

According to IBM, quantum computing could offer ways to create medications that save lives and machine learning methods to diagnose illnesses sooner. It could even create financial strategies to live well in retirement. But what exactly is quantum computing, and what does it take to achieve these quantum breakthroughs? Professor Moinuddin Qureshi is from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research is focused around quantum computing. And he’s here today to explain to us just what that is.

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Engineering Solutions to COVID-19 with Chris Saldana, Sam Graham

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented changes and challenges in our world and nation. With personal protective equipment and other medical devices in short supply, engineers within the College are doing their part to help the healthcare system during this crisis. Our guests for this episode include Chris Saldana, professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, and Sam Graham, Eugene Gwaltney, Jr. School Chair of Mechanical Engineering, who are here to talk about the work they are doing to fight the spread of COVID-19. We spoke to our guests virtually, due to social distancing.

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Commercializing AI with Seth Radman

AI, machine learning, Big Data.... It's everywhere. So, how do we monetize it? And how is it helping big businesses become even bigger?

Our guest is Seth Radman, a Georgia Tech graduate who has started and grown multiple successful startups, a number of which leverage AI.

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