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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.  


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.

February 1, 2020

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.

January 7, 2020

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.

December 5, 2019

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.

November 1, 2019

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.

October 1, 2019