Engineering

Episode 106: How Do We Know Dinosaurs Could Fly?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Jingmai O’Connor, paleontologist Dr. O’Connor is from Pasadena, California. Her mother is a geologist. O’Connor says that while she was not a dinosaur enthusiast as a child, being present for her mother’s geology fieldwork began her interest in the subject.She explains, “I enjoyed going to the field with her, collecting rocks,… Continue Reading Episode 106: How Do We Know Dinosaurs Could Fly?

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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 98: Why Do We Study Alien Ice?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Will Grundy, Co-investigator of NASA’s New Horizon Project and Planetary Scientist at Lowell Observatory Dr. Grundy does spectroscopic, thermal, and imaging observations of outer Solar System bodies using numerous large ground- and space-based telescopes including Hubble, Keck, Gemini, DCT, IRTF, and MMT. Targets of these observations include icy satellites and Kuiper… Continue Reading Episode 98: Why Do We Study Alien Ice?

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Episode 97: How Can the Ocean Teach Us About Deep Space?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Julie Huber, Oceanographer at WHOI JULIE HUBER is a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is an oceanographer who studies microbial life in deep-sea crustal ocean habitats. She has led and participated in numerous deep-sea expeditions using human-occupied, remotely operated, and autonomous vehicles to study microbial life on… Continue Reading Episode 97: How Can the Ocean Teach Us About Deep Space?

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Episode 96: How Can You Help NASA to do Astronomy?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Marc Kuchner, Citizen Science Officer for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Marc Kuchner is an astrophysicist and the Citizen Science Officer for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. His job is to foster citizen science at NASA; he oversees a portfolio of roughly 25 NASA-funded citizen science projects, reaching more than a million volunteers.… Continue Reading Episode 96: How Can You Help NASA to do Astronomy?

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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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