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.  

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Joy Harris is the director of the Engineering for Social Innovation center here at Tech. She’s also involved in Doctors without Borders, Enterprise to Empower, Grand Challenges and CREATE-X.

May 1, 2019
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Steven W. McLaughlin, Ph.D.

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. 


Joy Harris is the director of the Engineering for Social Innovation center here at Tech. She’s also involved in Doctors without Borders, Enterprise to Empower, Grand Challenges and CREATE-X.

May 1, 2019

Today, innovations in sports medicine are helping to both prevent and treat athletic injuries. Dr. Omer Inan is an associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is focused on developing clinically relevant medical devices and systems for patients. A varsity athlete himself from his days at Stanford, Omer has a special interest in sports medicine.

April 1, 2019

Manu Platt talks about his work in medicine and healthcare – specifically HIV and Sickle Cell and how personalized medicine fits into the diseases we face.

March 1, 2019

Annabelle Singer discusses neural decoding and how it can help advance Alzheimer’s therapies.

February 1, 2019

Man set foot on the moon in 1969, and since then we’ve been reaching ever deeper into our solar system. Learn about Georgia Tech's space travel and technological innovations happening at the School of Aerospace Engineering with professor Brian Gunter.

November 2, 2018


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.