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Bringing you the innovators, the innovations, the issues and topics that are advancing engineering.

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Ventilation System to Prevent Virus Spread

With no vaccine expected for Covid-19 anytime soon, preventing its spread could be as important as treating it. In this special edition of ASME TechCast, Managing Editor Chitra Sethi speaks with Professor Qingyan Chen, the James G. Dwyer Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University, who has researched the spread of viruses through ventilation systems in passenger vehicles. He believes cruise ship air conditioning systems are not designed to filter out particles as small as the coronavirus, allowing the disease to rapidly circulate to other cabins. Prof. Chen’s lab is currently developing a ventilation system that would prevent the airborne transmission of pathogens like Coronavirus by allowing each person to breathe in only his or her own air.

Mar 27, 2020
Moving Toward 4D Printing

Antleron nv is a Belgian life sciences firm building a living therapy factory designed to bring biomedical solutions to eventual commercialization. Most 4D materials and applications are still in research and development labs. CEO Jan Schrooten talks with about building a process to produce 4D materials for medical applications that differs from existing strategies and layouts.

Mar 23, 2020
Hannover Messe 2020 Preview: What to Expect

This year’s Hannover Messe, arguably the world’s most important industrial trade show, has been postponed due the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. Now scheduled to take place on July 13 through 17, Hannover Messe will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors and will focus on industrial transformation. Join Editor-in-Chief John Falcioni in this edition of ASME TechCast as he previews the Fair and speaks with representatives from Harting and igus about what they will be showcasing in Germany.

Mar 13, 2020
Building Energy Resiliency in the Caribbean

The Caribbean island of Bonaire is an idyllic vacation spot, but its power generation and grid system was unreliable. When ContourGlobal bought the energy assets it knew the system had to be reworked. The result was a 24-MW system using wind and solar, along with backup diesel generators, coupled with a lithium-ion battery storage system. A digitalized management system ties it all together, providing greater efficiencies in producing and storing renewable energy, and eliminating brownouts that plagued the old system. In this edition of ASME TechCast, Risto Paladanius of Greensmith, a Wartsilla company that provided the management system, and Giorgio Narminio of ContourGlobal, described the project at PowerGen International.

Feb 28, 2020
Siemens CEO Barbara Humpton on What’s Humanly Possible

From clean energy and climate action to good health and quality education, Siemens has been at the forefront of supporting and advancing United Nation’s sustainable development goals for 2030. In this episode of ASME TechCast, Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA, talks about the role digital technology plays in building a sustainable world and improving lives. She also offers advice to young engineers on how they can get involved in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing humankind.

Siemens and Engineering for Change recently announced a new call-to-action for socially minded engineers and hardware innovators to address two of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals—zero hunger and clean water. The program is called Innovate for Impact: Siemens Design Challenge and you can learn more about it on:

Feb 20, 2020
Skills You Will Need for Aerospace Careers of Future

When it comes to digital transformation, the aerospace industry is pursuing model-based engineering, digital twins, simulations, and agile methods for design and manufacturing. Raytheon Missile Systems, the industry’s giant, is also adopting these technologies. In this episode of ASME TechCast, Laura McGill, vice president of engineering at the company, talks about the many job opportunities available for young engineers in the aerospace industry, her own career path, as well as offers management advice for large multi-generational engineering teams that have to work together in the new digital era.

Jan 31, 2020
Connecting Cars with Smart Cities

Smart cars work through sensors and technology that give the driver safety and road information. Eventually those IoT systems will connect to other vehicles, leading to the development of an overall traffic monitoring system—a building block of smart cities. In this episode of ASME TechCast, Rob Tiffany, vice president of IoT strategy for Ericsson, talks about the issues affecting connectivity between vehicles and everywhere else, as well as the development of smart cars.

Jan 17, 2020
How Engineers Can Help Fight Climate Change

Climate scientists see a clear relation between global warming and extreme weather events such as the catastrophic Australian bushfires that have devastated New South Wales and surrounding areas for months. What will have to happen before the society takes climate change seriously? What role will engineers play in building solutions to fight climate change? Let’s find out from Professor Steven Chu of Stanford University, who was a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1997 and has devoted his scientific career to the search for new solutions to our energy and climate challenges. Prof. Chu served as the Secretary of Energy from January 2009 until April 2013, where he was charged with helping implement President Obama’s ambitious agenda to invest in clean energy and address the global climate crisis.

Jan 06, 2020
Top 5 Emerging Technologies of 2019

Each episode of ASME TechCast brings you the innovators, the innovations, and the issues that are advancing engineering. This episode, perhaps the most quintessential ASME TechCast, presents you the top innovators in bioengineering, robotics, clean energy, manufacturing, and pressure technology for this year.

Editors of the Mechanical Engineering magazine examine ASME’s core technologies annually and select one innovation from each that has successfully moved from the lab to the cusp of commercialization. Here are the Five Emerging Technologies Awards 2019.

Nov 21, 2019
Exploring Space and Inspiring Future Explorers

Lockheed Martin’s Danielle Richey has a very exciting job: She’s working on sending humans out to the Moon and to Mars. She is also very engaged in inspiring and mentoring young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. John Falcioni, editor-in-chief of ASME’s Mechanical Engineering magazine, caught up with Richey to discuss her own career journey.

Oct 31, 2019
John Browne on Engineering

John Browne, former CEO of BP and chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, discusses his new book, Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation.

Oct 14, 2019
Engineering the Future of Fashion

Stephanie Depalma, AddWorks Lead Design Engineer at GE Additive, and Eric Utley, Protolabs Application Specialist Engineer, talk about the collaboration with Zac Posen, the famous fashion designer and founder of the House of Z, and how exactly does one produce fashion clothing using 3D printing.

Oct 01, 2019
Hardhats and Holograms

Trimble’s mixed reality manager Jordan Lawver talks about partnering with Hololens to bring augmented reality to workers with a hardhat that lays drawings over the physical jobsite. 

Sep 16, 2019
Targeting Breast Cancer

Engineers and pathologists won a challenge to develop an automated method to detect breast cancer cells by training an algorithm used for automotive and defense applications. David Chambers talks about the collaboration and the challenge.

Sep 09, 2019
Robert Langer: Edison of Medicine

He’s described as the Edison of Medicine, whose inventions have saved or improved lives of more than two billion people. His laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the largest biomedical engineering lab in the world. He was awarded numerous prizes, including the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. He is the most cited engineer in history. In this episode of ASME TechCast, MIT’s Bob Langer explains how he manages to achieve so much and shares insights into his latest discoveries.

Sep 08, 2019
Advances in Low-Cost Energy Generation

Aaron McClung is leading the Southwest Research Institute’s work into proving supercritical carbon dioxide technology with a $119-million, 10-MW pilot plant being built on SwRI’s Texas campus. In this episode, he talks about the pilot plant and the promise of this low-cost energy generation technology.

Sep 07, 2019
The Past, Present, and Future of the Robotics Market

In this episode of ASME TechCast, Bob Doyle, VP of the Robotics Industries Association, discusses the robotics market and how robots are changing the manufacturing landscape.

Sep 06, 2019
Going Back to the Moon

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the Moon, Astrobotic is one of the companies selected by NASA to go back to the Moon to carry payloads and instruments and set the stage to potentially colonize the planet. Mechanical Engineering magazine Editor-in-Chief John Falcioni talks with Astrobotic’s CEO John Thornton.

Sep 05, 2019
Engineering the Apollo 11 Lunar Module

Thousands of engineers worked on the Apollo program. In this episode of ASME Tech Cast, we listen to some of those engineers and technologists as they recount the emotion, excitement, and triumph of building the Apollo 11 lunar module.

Sep 04, 2019
Bill Nye the Science Guy on STEM, Feeding the World, and Things that Scare Him

William Sanford Nye, also known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, talks with John Falcioni on ASME TechCast about the need for diversity in STEM, feeding the world, and the technology that scares him.  

Aug 09, 2019
Breakthrough Could Bring New Cancer Treatment

Stanford mechanical engineer Ovijit Chaudhuri talks with Jeff O’Heir on ASME TechCast about breakthrough research that could lead to new treatments for cancer.  

Aug 08, 2019
How a Young Engineer Helped A Wounded Marine

Learn how high-school senior Ashley Kimbel built a special prosthetic foot for a wounded U.S. Marine.  

Aug 07, 2019
The Benefits and Challenges of Developing Solar Farms and Grids

Listen to ASME TechCast to hear about the challenges and benefits of creating solar farms and other sources of renewable energy in big cities and rural environments.   

Aug 06, 2019
MIT’s New Head of Mechanical Engineering, Evelyn Wang, on the Future of Education and Grand Challenges

This week we speak with Evelyn Wang, who was recently named the head of MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. We talk about some of the new educational models and grand research challenges she’s implementing into the curriculum. 

Aug 05, 2019
The New World of Biomaterials Opens Opportunities for Engineers

Entrepreneurial engineer Robert Giasolli, founder, CTO, and vice president of R&D for Cagent Vascular, speaks with Jeff O’Heir, ASME’s senior content manager, about his work to improve communications between engineers and doctors in emergency rooms. 

Aug 04, 2019
How Engineers Close Communication Gaps with New Colleagues

Featuring entrepreneurial engineer Robert Giasolli of Cagent Vascular.

Aug 03, 2019
Building the Case for a Diversified Engineering Workforce

Featuring Roma Agrawal, engineer and author of “Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures”. Hosted by Jeff O’Heir,’s Senior Content Manager, and Chitra Sethi, Managing Editor of Mechanical Engineering Magazine.

Aug 02, 2019