The Uncommon Engineer podcast covers topics ranging from healthcare to the environment to data privacy in our digital world. Hosted by Steve McLaughlin, Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering dean, 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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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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Bias in Algorithms with Swati Gupta

Employers today are eager to harness the artificial intelligence (AI) and big data captured by the algorithms to speed up the hiring process. But depending on the data used, automated hiring decisions can be very biased.

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.

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The Roaring 20’s: What’s New for our New Decade

It’s hard not to be really enthusiastic about the next decade. And many of the technological advances are happening right now here on Tech’s campus. What does that next decade look like? Will we send a man to mars or prevent AIDS? No one really knows, but today we have three engineering professors here to weigh in on a few predictions and forecast for the future. 

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.

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What is AI? An Algorithmic Primer with Justin Romberg

AI, machine learning, Big Data.... It’s everywhere. But what’s the difference between it all? And further, what does it mean in our world today?

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.

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HIV Preventatives with RNA with Phil Santangelo

Women continue to be disproportionally affected by HIV around the world, but particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, where three in four new HIV infections are among young girls. But what can be done in these communities where access to once-a-day pill preventatives are non-existent?

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.

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Flushing Old Ideas Down the Drain with Shannon Yee

In many developing nations across the world, drinking water and sewage system infrastructures are non-existent. This leads to unsafe sanitation issues causing public health concerns. To help fix this, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation challenged top scientists and engineers to build a better toilet that doesn’t require running water. 

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.

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Re-Engineering Big Rigs with Team Aerodyme

At Georgia Tech, entrepreneurship is in our blood. It’s in our maker spaces, innovation classes and startup programs. In this episode, we are taking a pause from faculty interviews about research, and talking to our students. Team Aerodyme are recent graduates from Georgia Tech's School of Mechanical Engineering. They have invented a product that helps semitrucks save on fuel costs.