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

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

Man set foot on the moon in 1969, and since then we’ve been reaching ever deeper into our solar system. Learn about Georgia Tech's space travel and technological innovations happening at the School of Aerospace Engineering with professor Brian Gunter.

November 2, 2018

Drone technology is quickly evolving – no longer just delivering packages or pizzas, but also helping with search and rescue missions. They’re also starting to crowd the skies at inopportune times. George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering assistant professor John Rogers discusses the future of drone technology at Georgia Tech.

October 18, 2018

Can timing urination of an elephant and a human impact engineering? David Hu talks about animals – more specifically, how we can solve complex human problems by studying animal functions. How exactly do snakes move without legs? How can some spiders seemingly walk on water? These answers can inform how we engineer new technologies.

Hu is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biology (as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Physics) in Georgia Tech's George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering. Hu leads the Hu Biolocomotion Lab at Georgia Tech.

September 5, 2018

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


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.