Podcast: Engineering

Episode 108: How Do You Make Software?

Meet the Expert: Richard Sheridan, CEO Menlo Innovations Menlo Innovations CEO Richard Sheridan became disillusioned in the middle of his career in the chaotic technology industry. He had an all-consuming thought: things can be better. Much better. He had to find a way. Why couldn’t a workplace be filled with camaraderie, human energy, creativity, and productivity?… Continue Reading Episode 108: How Do You Make Software?

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Episode 105: How Do You Keep Your Computer Safe?

Meet the Expert: Ella Schwartz, Cybersecurity engineer and author   Ella is a cybersecurity warrior interfacing with the U.S. federal government on strategic technology initiatives. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from Columbia University. Ella Schwartz writes fiction and nonfiction books for young readers. Ella is the author of CAN YOU CRACK… Continue Reading Episode 105: How Do You Keep Your Computer Safe?

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Episode 102: How Can YOU Be a Codebreaker?

Meet the Expert: Laurie Wallmark, computer scientist and children’s author   Award-winning author Laurie Wallmark is a former software engineer and computer science professor. She writes picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as fiction. Her books have earned five starred trade reviews, been chosen as Junior Library Guild Selections, and… Continue Reading Episode 102: How Can YOU Be a Codebreaker?

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Episode 101: How Do You Design a Sensor to Learn About the Deep Ocean?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Anna Michel, Associate Scientist/ Ocean Engineer Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Dr. Michel graduated with her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography/Applied Ocean Science and Engineering in 2007. In 2012, she began her career as an assistant scientist at WHOI. She went on to lead the… Continue Reading Episode 101: How Do You Design a Sensor to Learn About the Deep Ocean?

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Episode 100: How Will Astronauts Get Back to the Moon?

**100th episode special guest** Meet the Expert: Jim Geffre, NASA’s Orion Vehicle Integration Manager Jim Geffre is the manager for vehicle integration in the Orion Program Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He brings more than 20 years of NASA experience to this role, in which he is responsible for spacecraft system design… Continue Reading Episode 100: How Will Astronauts Get Back to the Moon?

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Episode 99: Why Would You Fly into a Hurricane?

Meet the Expert:  LCDR Rebecca (Becky) Shaw, NOAA hurricane hunter Rebecca Shaw is a Wp-3D Hurricane Hunter & Test Pilot at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Experienced Test Pilot with a demonstrated history of working in the Military industry, she has a  Master’s Degree in Space Systems Engineering from John’s… Continue Reading Episode 99: Why Would You Fly into a Hurricane?

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Episode 91: How Do Scientists Get Kids Excited about STEM?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Jermey Matthews, chemical engineer and MIT Press book editor Jermey N. A. Matthews, PhD joined the MIT Press in 2016 after working for nine years as industry reporter and book reviews editor for Physics Today magazine. He holds a PhD degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland. In 2021,… Continue Reading Episode 91: How Do Scientists Get Kids Excited about STEM?

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Episode 90: How Do You Design a Space Station?

Meet the Expert:  Lou Ramon, former NASA Engineer Lou Ramon has been a “space cadet” his entire life. As a young boy, he had his own model plane “air force” hanging from his bedroom ceiling and he grew up reading and watching science fiction TV shows and movies. So it’s no wonder he ended up… Continue Reading Episode 90: How Do You Design a Space Station?

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Episode 89: How Do You Make a Brain for a Computer?

Meet the Expert: Lisa Leinbaugh, Electrical Engineer As a kid, I loved collecting rocks. I still go rockhounding when I can. Rocks are made of minerals. Minerals have amazing crystal structures. I decided to study electrical engineering in college because semiconductors are made from crystals that conduct electricity. After over six years of college, I… Continue Reading Episode 89: How Do You Make a Brain for a Computer?

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Episode 87: Why Do Planes Make a Sonic Boom?

Meet the Expert:  Nils Larson, NASA Test Pilot David Nils Larson is a research test pilot at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. He is NASA’s lead pilot for the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft, and is assigned to Armstrong’s F/A-18, F-15, T-34 research and mission support aircraft and DC-8 airborne science aircraft. Larson also serves as senior advisor… Continue Reading Episode 87: Why Do Planes Make a Sonic Boom?

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Episode 86: The BEST of Deep Space

Happy New Year! Jennifer and Jeff are on vacation, but don’t miss our BEST of Deep Space compilation with snippets of episodes with some of our favorite engineers and scientists! Engineer and author Suzanne Slade How Do You Have a Snowball Fight on Mars?           Dr. Eric Thrane, LIGO astrophysicist How… Continue Reading Episode 86: The BEST of Deep Space

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Episode 83: What is it Like to Fly by Pluto?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Alan Stern,  Planetary scientist and Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizon Spacecraft Dr. Alan Stern is a planetaryscientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant, and author. He leads NASA’s $880M New Horizons mission that successfully explored the Pluto system and is now exploring the Kuiper Belt—the farthest exploration in the history of… Continue Reading Episode 83: What is it Like to Fly by Pluto?

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