The Uncommon Engineer is the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s podcast, hosted by Dean Steve McLaughlin. Our podcast will cover topics ranging from healthcare to the environment to data privacy in our digital world. In each episode, Dean McLaughlin will be talking to cutting-edge engineers and discovering 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.
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.
In 2014, he co-founded CREATE-X, a campus-wide effort to instill entrepreneurial confidence in students and help them launch companies. In its first three years the program has successfully launched 72 student-led companies and engaged 1500+ students in the principles and practice of evidence-based entrepreneurship.
In 2011, he was awarded the honor Chevalier dans l`Ordre Nationale de Merite, (Knight of the French National Order of Merit), the second highest civilian award given by Republic of France. He was the first Georgia Tech recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) where he was cited by President Clinton "for leadership in the development of high-capacity, nonbinary optical recording formats." He a past President of the IEEE Information Theory Society and is a Fellow of the IEEE.
His research interests are in the general area of communications and information theory. His research group has published in the areas of forward error correction and equalization in wireless communications. magnetic/optical data storage, data security and privacy. His group has published more than 250 papers in journals and conferences and holds 36 U.S. patents.
Our guest is Swati Gupta, a professor and researcher in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. She’s an expert in all things AI.
Glenn Lightsey is a professor in the School of Aerospace Engineering. James Rains is professor of the practice and director of the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering’s Capstone program. And Magnus Egerstedt is the chair and professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Part one of our AI series introduces Justin Romberg, here to provide a primer on artificial intelligence (AI). He’s a professor and researcher in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. And, he’s published eight papers in 2019, alone.
Dr. Phil Santangelo is professor in Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research is focused on treating diseases like HIV through RNA-based therapies, and he’s getting close to delivering an HIV preventative for women.
Dr. Shannon Yee is an associate professor in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. His research is focused around thermodynamics and energy transfer. He is taking that knowledge and trying to develop a toilet that uses heat transfer to break down wastes instead of water.
The Uncommon Engineer is a production of the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech.
Located in one of America’s most vibrant cities, the College of Engineering combines the resources of a major university with the benefits of an urban campus, giving students the tools they need to chase their ambitions. With dozens of degree programs across eight schools, the College has built a strong reputation in the United States and abroad, and graduates leave with skills, knowledge, and global savvy for a world increasingly dependent on engineering.
The College offers more than 50 different degree tracks at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, and its schools are consistently ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s top 10.