The Uncommon Engineer podcast covers topics ranging from healthcare to the environment to data privacy in our digital world. Each episode explores engineering research and how it impacts our daily 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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A Call for Engineers to Lead

Leadership in engineering is needed now more than ever. Graduating students need to be equipped with the skills to solve global challenges, such as climate change, water scarcity and metropolitan congestion. Our guest today on The Uncommon Engineer podcast is Adjo Amekudzi-Kennedy, leader of the Global Engineering Leadership Minor here at Tech. She is the Associate Chair for Global Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship, and Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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Driving Research Forward at Georgia Tech

Interdisciplinary research brings great minds from a variety of academic disciplines together to solve problems. Each adds a different perspective that creates a well-rounded portfolio of research. Raheem Beyah is the vice president for interdisciplinary research at Georgia Tech. Within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, he is the executive director of the online cybersecurity master’s program, as well as a professor.

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Understanding 5G Wireless Communications

5G is the next generation technology standard for cellular networks that promises faster speeds and better connections. As the new global wireless standard, 5G will foster new innovations in connecting people, devices, and services together. How does 5G work? And, why is the upgrade to 5G important? Our guest, Matthieu Bloch, is an associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech and focuses his research on the cutting edge of wireless communications and cryptography.

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The Future of Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing is a quickly evolving research area that focuses on products from industries like aerospace and medical devices. It requires the latest technology and high levels of design that are considerably more complex than traditional manufacturing. Our guest,Tom Kurfess, is a professor and HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech and is currently serving as Chief Manufacturing Officer at Oakridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

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Traveling in a Covid-19 World

Mass transit options, such as buses and subways, naturally create environments that conflict with social distancing practices. Even ridesharing options – and other sharing economy services - present problems. What does travel look like in a Covid-19 world? And, how do we adapt to those changes? 

Our guest on The Uncommon Engineer is Kari Watkins, the Frederick Law Olmsted associate professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her work focuses on the pairing of technology and transportation.

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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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