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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.  


The 2019 award-winning HBO miniseries Chernobyl tells the story of the 1986 nuclear plant explosion which took the lives of 28 workers and inflicted radiation symptoms on approximately 3.5 million people.  Nuclear energy is a powerful proposition that can create clean energy for our planet, but disasters at plants such as Chernobyl and Fukushima and the threat of nuclear warfare keep the public wary.

September 1, 2019

Dr. Lauren Stewart is an assistant professor in the School of Civil, Environmental Engineering and director of the Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory and one of the leading experts on blast engineering in the country.

August 1, 2019

We’ve all experienced our cellphones getting too hot or our laptops becoming noisy as they try to cool off. In fact, computer centers across the nation do the same thing, consuming almost 10 percent of the total amount of electricity generated in the US just to cover the air conditioning costs.

July 1, 2019

Without insurance, our medical bills could be thousands of dollars with each routine trip to the doctor. And some of the care we need isn’t even covered by insurance - like hearing aids. Much of that high cost comes from the astronomical prices of medical equipment. Just one pair of hearing aids costs around $5,000. 

June 1, 2019

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