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.  

Latest Episode

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
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Emerging technologies are reshaping how we work and how we get around, from teleworking to rideshares to autonomous vehicles. Pat Mokhtarian discusses what considerations and expectations inform our travel decisions.

Mokhtarian is a Susan G. and Christopher D. Pappas Professor & Group Coordinator in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech.

August 8, 2018

Brendan Saltaformaggio discusses cybercrime, data security, and cyber forensics tools and its impact with mobile phones and computer systems. 

Saltaformaggio is an Assistant Professor at both School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Computer Science (By Courtesy) at Georgia Tech.

August 1, 2018
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While it’s still in it’s formative stages, in the future, gene therapies might take the place of invasive surgeries or drugs. James Dahlman works at the intersection of nanotechnology and genetics, and discusses his work with experimentation, research design, and gene therapy applications.

Dahlman is an Assistant Professor in School of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Dahlman leads the The Dahlman Lab for Precision Therapies at Georgia Tech.

August 1, 2018
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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.

August 1, 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.