Tips for Better Public Speaking - Episode 130
Anyone who listens to Unprofessional Engineering probably is thinking, "Yup, James and Luke are pretty much the epitome of public speaking excellence." And you would be right.
That being said, we might not be the best people to go to if you are looking to improve your own public speaking. That's where our friend Neil Thompson, founder of Teach the Geek and author of Teach the Geek to Speak, comes in.
Neil Thompson is a speaker, writer, and entrepreneur. He started out his career as a product development engineer, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees.Currently Neil has his own ideas on what makes an effective speaker, specifically for STEM professionals like himself. He has presented at SCORE San Diego, the Society for Biomaterials, and the Biomedical Engineering Society, among others. In addition to his public speaking appearances, Neil also hosts a podcast that focuses on public speaking, and he writes a weekly blog on public speaking topics.
Learn More: https://teachthegeek.thinkific.com/courses/teach-the-geek-to-speak
Great Inventors: Marie Curie - Episode 129
It's here! Our first female great inventor (sorry it took so long). And how can it get any better?! Not only did Marie Curie (if that really is her name) win the Nobel Prize in Physics, but she also won it for Chemistry!! AND, her daughter bagged a Nobel Prize as well! Wow!
In this episode, we walk you through her tough childhood, what got her to France in the first place, her award winning discoveries, the role she (and her daughter) played in saving lives in the World War and how her legacy lives on today.
Predicting the Weather - Episode 128
Do you ever wonder how the weather person can get their predictions wrong half the time and still keep a job? Well, when you actually take a at all of the different science and technology that goes into those predictions, you might be a little more forgiving. Just a little.
Meteorology is actually a complex field of study that requires more than just standing in front of a green screen and guessing if it will rain. I mean, some people just do that, but actual meteorologists are hardcore scientists. Satellites, radar, barometers, and even chaos theory come into play in their field of work.
We take a look at everything that goes into predicting the weather, the way it was done in the past, and if we will ever get past the accuracy of Groundhog Phil.
Electronics Recycling - Episode 127
Did you know that over 1.5 billion cell phones were purchased last year? Or that we're making over 45 tons of e-waste each year?! What is even worse, only 20% of this waste was disposed of properly.
In this episode, we take a look at the options you have to recycle your electronic products, companies that will help, the current recycling process, the adverse effects that the hazardous chemicals in electronics have on your health, and how you can turn your pile of electronic junk into a fortune of gold, right at home!
The Challenger Disaster: Interview with Nathan VonMinden - Episode 126
We have all heard about the Challenger disaster, about something as small as a gasket failing and resulting in the explosion. But do we really know what went on in the backrooms before the disaster happened?
Thanks to movie writer and director Nathan VonMinden, we get a chance to see how things shook out. Even better, TV's superman (Dean Cain) and national championship winning coach Les Miles join you for the journey!
We got the chance to sit down with Nathan to learn more about The Challenger Disaster, what he learned from creating the movie, and how an engineer can turn into a director.
Go check out The Challenger Disaster on demand now to get a better understanding of this piece of history.
Mars Insight Lander - Episode 125
Perhaps the most significant engineering feat in the past decade, the Mars Insight Lander has successfully landed on Mars. But what's next? We take a look at what the lander has been up to in the weeks since it made it to Mars, and the plans that NASA has for it while it hangs out on the red planet.
Creating Livable Cities - Episode 124
Why do some cities seem to have a vibrant downtown while others seem to close up after the work day is over? It is become some cities are more livable than others. What does this mean? It is a combination of being pedestrian friendly, walkable, safe, great public transportation, city housing and more. In this episode, we take a look at how euclidean planning destroyed the concept of a neighborhood and what we need to do to make cities livable once more.
The Nobel Prize - Episode 123
As Unprofessional Engineering is liking going to win a Nobel Prize at some point, we thought it would be a good idea to investigate what goes into the process, as well as look back on the man who created the prize.
From physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economics, there are countless amazing winners of the Nobel Prize. Well, not countless...more like 900 some. But still, way more brain power than one can appreciate. Learn how Alfred Nobel earned all his money to fund the prizes, how the winners are selected, and some of the biggest winners and snubs in history.
Great Inventors: George Westinghouse - Episode 122
George Westinghouse is an underappreciated inventor, making major strides in the railway and electricity industries. His creation of the railway air brake was probably his greatest invention, but electricity really set him apart as an amazing industrialist. Plus, he got to take advantage of Tesla, which is pretty cool!
Learn everything you've ever wanted to know about the life of George Westinghouse, right here!
This Month in Engineering: December 2018 - Episode 121
We take a look back at the month of December, 2018, to investigate some of the coolest happenings of the past 30 or so days. Some of these include finding water on an asteroid, creating the substance that filled the universe seconds after the big bang, and a mechanical device that farts glitter on unsuspecting present thieves. What more could you be looking for?!
Finding the Lost City of Atlantis - Episode 120
Are you excited for Aquaman?! Us too! In preparation for the DC release, we have decided to take a look at the history and efforts to find his home; the lost city of Atlantis!
From the original stories from Plato, all the way up to Google Ocean trying to find the city, we investigate the top theories, and James even provides his own theory on what happened to Atlantis.
How It's Made: Christmas Edition - Episode 119
We all love the sounds of jingle bells around the holidays, and hanging candy canes on the Christmas tree, but do you ever take the time to think about the manufacturing process that goes into making these things? Of course not! You're too busy enjoying your eggnog and fruit cake.
In this episode of Unprofessional Engineering, we take a look at how some of our holiday favorites are created, including the candy cane, nut crackers, jingle bells, eggnog and fruit cake!
Top Holiday Tech & Toys 2018 - Episode 118
Are you looking to put a little technology under the tree this Christmas? Or maybe you want to get your kids into STEM for Hanukkah? We've picked out some of our favorite tech gifts of the year for people of all ages! From Nest thermostats to LEGO robots, all the way to dog tree launching cameras, there is a little something for everyone!
This Month in Engineering: November 2018 - Episode 117
We're kicking off a new series here at Unprofessional Engineering where we look at the most amazing technology of the past month. In November of 2018 we lucked out with a ton of great engineering and technology topics to discuss such as the Mars Insight Lander successfully traveling over 300 million miles to land on Mars, prosthetics that not only allow someone to use their hand but feel what they are grabbing, record setting Black Friday sales, electricity producing mushrooms with the thanks of 3D printing, and much more!
Great Inventors: Benjamin Franklin - Episode 116
One of the greatest inventors of all time, as well as being one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin had a pretty good run at it. But come on, who goes by Benjamin and not Ben?? That's like going by James and not Jim... wait a minute...
He helped to draft the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, and even ended the Revolutionary War with the 1783 Treaty of Paris, but what we really care about are the things he invented, and those he gets credit for that he didn't really have create.
Some of his more famous inventions include the Franklin Stove, the lightning rod, and bifocals, where as he gets credit for the first street lights, the odometer and daylight savings time. Take a listen to learn more about his amazing life.
Everything CAD with TFI CAD Tips - Episode 115
We got the chance to sit down with Mr. Neil Cross of TFI CAD Tips, live at Autodesk University, to discuss everything CAD. Stretching back to the early versions of AutoCAD up through CAD in the cloud and future looking predictions, we have it all! No matter the CAD package you use, this will be for you.
Army Corps of Engineers - Episode 114
Making the Mississippi what it is today. Overseeing the Panama Canal. Constructing the Pentagon. Creating the King Khalid Military city. These are just some of the major contributions from the Army Corps of Engineers over the years.
In this episode, we walk through civilian and military personal included in the Corps, work they do around the world, as well as the various wars that they played a key part of including the Revolutionary War and both World Wars!
How the Oil & Gas Industry Works - Episode 113
Next time you're filling your car up with gas, take a minute to think about all the work it took to get it to the pump for you. Better yet, why not take 30 minutes and listen to us explain the entire process?!
From upstream exploration and production processes, to collection and transportation, all the way to downstream chemical processing, refining, and distribution, we cover it all!
Water: From the Toilet Back to Your House - Episode 112
Have you ever gotten a glass of water and taken the time to think about the love that goes into each drop? Probably not, and it might be best if you don't think about it too much.
In this AMAZING episode, we take a look at how water goes from your toilet, through the purification process and back into your house. For you city planners out there, we also discuss pump houses, why we still have water towers all over the place, as well as a little bit about the pipes going into your house and through your walls for the DIY'ers out there.
Interested in learning more and impressing your friends? Take a listen!
Space Tourism - Episode 111
Are you interested in taking a trip into space? Maybe spend a week or two floating around the moon in a 5 star space hotel? Or just a quick flight up to feel what life is like without gravity? We might not be too far away!
Companies like Blue Origin, Virgin and SpaceX (as well as many others) are well on their way to making space tourism a reality, and some are already sending people up for a quick trip.
Interested in learning where it is all going, what options you will have in the next few years, and just how much it will cost? Take a listen!
How it Works: The Printing Press - Episode 110
One of the most important inventions of all time, the printing press has changed the world forever. From its humble beginnings in China, to the design of Johannes Gutenberg that we've all heard about, we wouldn't have the civil rights and freedoms we now have without it, or the wealth of books.
Moving a little further into the modern era, we now have presses that can run thousands of pages per hour to keep up with the demand of newspapers and magazines. Sure, most people read them online now, but for some reason we still print them.
Interesting in learning more about how it was designed, how it works and how it changed the world? Here you go!
Great Inventors: Nikola Tesla - Episode 109
Continuing with inventors we love, we've finally hit on a guy that was an amazing engineer and inventor but just terrible at marketing and entrepreneurship in general.
Enter Nikola Tesla. Without him, we basically would still be living in the dark, or with a powerhouse ever mile to turn the lights on. Sure, he wasn't real good at the business side of things, and he did end up going crazy and talking to pigeons, but that doesn't mean he didn't have a huge impact on the world.
Did I mention that he was thought to be working on a death ray as well?! Yeah, you'll probably want to learn all about his life right here.
Egyptian Engineering and Construction - Episode 108
In the third part of our civilization smack down, we head to ancient Egypt to see what type of engineering and technology that the Egyptians created for the world.
Since we all know about how amazing the Sphinx is, and of course the Great Pyramid, we spend some extra time on their invention of paper, hieroglyphs, advanced mathematics, and some of their crazy complex tools for their time such as the tubular drill and lathe. We also discuss how they were able to make perfectly symmetric designs such as the statues of Ramses II.
Curious how they stack up against the Aztec and Mayan civilizations? Take a listen!
Mayan Engineering and Construction - Episode 107
In part 2 of our civilization smack down, we take a look at the engineering contributions of the Mayan civilization. Or is it Maya? Mayan? Hmm…well, whatever it is, they had some amazing engineering.
One example would be the written language of the Mayans. Unlike English, it is created from 800 or so glyphs representing a syllable or word. Sure, this means most words could be spelled a few different ways, but how many languages have you created? They also nailed the 365 day calendar and created tens of thousands of paper books. Masters of hydrology and the blast furnace, in many ways the Maya were ahead of their time, even if they decided that the wheel was of no real value.
Interested in learning more about their history? Take a listen!
Aztec Engineering and Construction - Episode 106
Welcome to the civilization smack down!! Over the next 3 episodes, we'll be looking into how 3 great civilizations (Aztec, Mayan and Egyptian) contributed to engineering, the impact of their discoveries, and how they have withstood the test of time.
The first civilization that we will look into is the Aztecs. Some of their notable contributions include: required education for all, advanced astronomy, the canoe, drills, and floating gardens.
Want to learn more about what they created and what is left for us to go see? Take a listen!
What is Mechanical Engineering? - Episode 105
Are you thinking about getting into engineering but don't know what flavor is right for you? The answer is simple: Mechanical Engineering.
Sure, just because we are a couple of ME's might make us biased, but it does make sense. Job opportunity is high, pay is good, work is interesting...or at least it potentially can be. NASA, Boeing, SpaceX. They all need Mechanical Engineers!
In this episode we break down what it takes to be a ME, looking through the courses you would have to take, the types of jobs you would land, the pay you could expect, and settle the debate once and for all that ME is the superior engineering degree.
Neil deGrasse Tyson - What did that guy ever do? - Episode 104
If you haven't been living in a cave for the past decade, you know who Neil deGrasse Tyson is. What you might not know is what that guy ever did to become such a well-known personality in the science community.
Other than some obnoxious tweeting and always having something to say about how inaccurate your most beloved space movies are, he must have done something, right? Well, maybe not all that much. This isn't to say NDT isn't way smarter than us; it is just that he has had a different focus in life.
Instead of using that massive brain of his to explore the mysteries of the universe, he has been using it, and a dash of personality, to bring awareness to science topics that would otherwise go unnoticed. Sounds kinda like what we do here at Unprofessional Engineering. Maybe he isn't the worst after all...
Engineering Better Green Homes & Buildings - Episode 103
A huge focus has been placed on making buildings more energy efficient and eco-friendly. From the materials used to construct skyscrapers down to the amount of natural light they receive, LEED and BREEAM certified buildings are changing the game, and not just in the US! Countries all around the world are working hard to create a green cradle to grave construction projects.
Engineering green structures don't just stop at large buildings, though. There are some ways that you can turn your home into an environmentally friendly house. Although the upfront cost might be a bit high, often the investments such as solar panels, led lights, and wind turbines pay for themselves.
In this episode, we'll walk you through how to turn your house into the greenest home in the neighborhood and the costs associated with it. We'll also give you examples of some of the best in class structures out there when it comes to LEED certification.
Engineering the Perfect Tennis Shoes - Episode 102
You might not think that there's a lot of engineering or technology that goes into a tennis shoe, but that is not the case. From rubber and canvas to PVE cushioned mid soles, much has changed over the years.
And now, with the advancements in 3d printing, 3d scanning, virtual reality and more, shoes are going to take their next step into perfection. See what I did there? Shoes...taking their next step! HA!!!
Engineering Behind Dairy Farming - Episode 101
You might be surprised to find out that there is a lot of engineering that goes into the dairy farming process. Yeah, I didn't believe it either! But dairy farming has come a long way from milking cows in the barn by hand.
Today's farmers use a lot of advanced technology to make sure that they are producing the most milk possible while ensuring the health of their herd. Automated milking systems, RFI tags, and even robots that can milk cows, determine their health and reject contaminated milk are all part of the modern day farmers tool set.
100th Episode Spectacular!!! - Episode 100
We've made it to our 100th episode!! I know, I can hardly believe anyone still listens to this podcast either, but we're still going strong!
Today, we take a look back on the journey that got us to episode 100, discussing our favorite episodes, which ones we could have done without, and even correcting some of the mistakes that Luke...er...we made throughout the two years of Unprofessional Engineering.
Sit back and enjoy! Who knows, you may even hear yourself getting a shout out for being one of our amazing listeners.
Engineers Love Affair with 2D Drawings - Episode 99
People have been using 2D drawings for thousands and thousands of years to depict everything from creatures they have seen (on cave walls) to detailed design plans.
In this episode, we bring in our friend and 2D drawing expert, Paul Munford, to help us unwrap the history of the 2D drawing and why it is still so critical in the design and manufacturing process today.
How is Steel Made - Episode 98
Have you ever thought about how much the invention of steel has changed the way the world works? From construction to every day appliances, steel is all around us. But how is it created?
In this episode, we'll look into the engineering, or black magic, behind transforming iron into steel. We'll also take a look at some of the history of steel, including the Bessemer process, Andrew Carnegie's fortune from steel, and even the historic Carrie blast furnace of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Great Inventors - Leonardo da Vinci - Episode 97
Perhaps the greatest inventor of all time, Leonardo da Vinci created a number of amazing works, and theorized even more that technology needed to catch up to. Oh, he was a pretty OK artist too...
In addition to engineering and art, he also liked to diagram the human body to pass the time. Who doesn't dig up the dead and sketch what their bits look like?
From defiling graves and painting the Mona Lisa, to aerial screws and giant crossbows of war(way cooler sounding than helicopters), Leonardo da Vinci may have the most all around impressive life of work ever, or that will ever happen.
Engineering the Perfect Steak - Episode 96
We all like to think that we know our way around the grill, but do you really know how to cook the perfect steak? Continuing our series on engineering the perfect food (did you already check out how to engineer the perfect turkey?), we will walk you through a number of methods to achieve perfection the next time you're making steak.
Not only will you learn to be a better cook, we're going to teach you the science behind the Maillard reaction (browning the steak), the laws of thermodynamics, the difference between conduction, convection and radiation, as so much more! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it...
Cyborg & Genetically Modified Animals - Episode 95
Let's face it, folks. The end of the world is coming, and we're likely going to be the cause. Robots might destroy us, we may end up polluting the world out of existence, or perhaps a breed of super cyborg pigs that have been breed not to fart as much will take over. That is exactly what we're exploring today.
OK, maybe not EXACTLY that, but humanity has made some creepily impressive ventures into cyborg animals. Bees that can detect bombs, viewing the world through the eyes of a cat, and even super computers that are powered with the brains of a leech. And that is just the tip of the iceberg (speaking of which, have you seen the spinach that has been turned into heart tissue?!?).
Dams: Making Power, Yet Killing the Environment - Episode 94
Dams are a critical part of modern civilization, providing water to those in need, irrigating farms, preventing floods and generating 17% of the world's electricity.
But there is another side of dams that we should consider. What are they doing to the environment, and what can engineers do to fix this problem? In order for us to keep benefiting from all of the great things dams bring to us, we'll need to learn to protect the environment as well.
3D Printed Houses - Episode 93
We all know about 3D printing in the workplace by now, (at least you should since we've already talked about it) but did you know that there are companies out there ready to 3D print houses?!
That's right! And it is fast, too! In just 24 hours you could have a 650 sq foot structure ready to finish up. Just add a roof, electric, plumbing, windows...OK, so there is still a lot of work to do, but this is a huge step in the right direction.
These structures are significantly less expensive, extremely customizable, and perfect for helping out nations hit by natural disasters, which is exactly what ICON and New Story are teaming up to do.
If you're interested in learning more about having a 3D printed house, printing a lunar space base and more, we have it all ready for you.
Engineering the Eiffel Tower - Episode 92
The Eiffel Tower is more than an ugly metal tower in the heart of Paris. It has ugly elevators and viewing platforms as well!
What is truly impressive about Gustave Eiffel's (stolen) dream is the timeline for constructing the tallest structure in the world, at that time. How does something like that stay on track?!
Even more interesting is the hate that it received from civilians, and that engineering and science is the only thing that saved it from being torn down many decades ago.
Great Inventor: Henry Ford and His Model T - Episode 91
What were you doing as a kid? Walking to Detroit to get a job in a machine shop? Yeah, I didn't think so. Did you ever run a company for Thomas Edison and bounce your ideas off him to make sure they were ready for the real world? Yup, didn't do that either. I'm sure you made the first affordable automobile (not the inventor of it) though, right?
OK, let's agree that Henry Ford was probably better than all of us when it came to things like this, but it wasn't easy and he wasn't an all-around good person! Want to learn more? You're going to have to listen!
How to Pitch Your Million Dollar Idea - Episode 90
Do you have a great idea in your head but aren't sure how to turn it into a reality? Or fear that you don't have the right background to make it a success? We've teamed up with Scot MacTaggart, creator and host of The Pitchwerks Podcast, to break down the common misconceptions about starting a business.
In just 30 short minutes you'll be more confident in your ability for success, but also have a list of key actions you'll need to take before and during your product launch. Even better, you'll learn all about how Luke is going to be a successful taco truck mogul. What are you waiting for?! Press play!
How Do Volcanoes Work? - Episode 89
Volcanoes sure do look cool...and cause all sorts of destruction. But believe it or not, there is more to how they work than sacrificing people to keep them from erupting!
In this episode we'll walk you through the various types of volcanoes, what causes them to erupts, lava vs magma, the most famous volcanoes throughout history and even some safety tips in case you find yourself stumbling into an active volcano region.
Elon Musk's Boring Company - Episode 88
We all know about Elon Musk and his companies like Tesla and Spacex (we even did another episode all about him...check it out!), but have you heard about his Boring Company? It is just that...boring!
Seemingly closely tied to his talks about the Hyperloop, the Boring Company is going to be creating tunnels under the ground of a city near you! These will be used for a high speed public transportation system, reducing traffic and our dependence on cars.
Don't think it will become a reality? It is already underway in LA! Why not click on the podcast and find out more?
Constructing the Statue of Liberty - Episode 87
So, let's put this out there... the same guy that designed the Eiffel Tower also created the supporting structure for the Statue of Liberty. Is your mind already blown!?!? Don't lie and say you knew that already.
If that wasn't enough for you, this episode walks you through the painstaking process that the French used to create the Statue of Liberty, why it took so long to build, and even why it is green OK, you probably do know that answer already...
Submarines - Episode 86
The history of the submarine dates back as far as Alexander the Great and continues to be one of the most fascinating pieces of military technology there is. When you add in the fact that many of the worlds subs are now nuclear, things get even more interesting.
We'll walk you through the history of submarines, advantages and disadvantages of diesel and nuclear, some amazing facts about the worlds most powerful subs, and a story of how a single Swedish sub took our an entire aircraft carrier and supporting fleet.
Great Inventors: Stephen Hawking - Episode 85
Yeah, yeah... he wasn't exactly an inventor, but he sure had an amazing mind! And "the machine" that he used was nearly as impressive as him. We'll walk you through the life of Stephen Hawking, his work with black holes, 15 published books, thinking in 11 dimensions (whatever that means) and his roles on Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons.
Perfecting Your Engineering Resume - Episode 84
Are you graduating from an engineering program soon and worried about landing that first job? Who better to listen to about tricking someone into hiring you than two guys that have done it a number of times?!
We'll break down when you should use a cover letter, what sections of a resume you should include, how much detail to go into, if that less than perfect GPA is going to come back to haunt you and everything in between.
Oh, and we have some tips for those of you who have been in the game for some time and are looking to brush the cobwebs off the old resume or want to update your LinkedIn profile. Happy job hunting!
Encryption - Episode 83
Encryption has been around long before we needed to keep our intellectual property safe on computers. The Spartans used basic encryption technology as far back as 2,700 years ago, and the Germans are well known for the invention of the enigma machine, used for passing military information during the World Wars.
We will walk you through the most compelling encryption uses, especially the Ovaltine secret decoder ring, from the past, as well as teach you how to know if you are on a secure site while browsing the web.
How was Stonehenge Created - Episode 82
One of the biggest mysteries on Earth is how ancient civilizations managed to move 25-ton stones to build Stonehenge. Was it from the introduction of ball bearings, moving them by water, or something more likely such as magic or aliens?
Another question is what was Stonehenge created for? A burial ground? Celestial temple? Alien landing pad? All these theories and more are looked at in this episode.
How Levi's are Made - Episode 81
Do you have a favorite pair of jeans that you always wear? Maybe you're like Luke and only change your jeans once a month. Yeah, gross. If you happen to be wearing a pair of Levi's, you're basically walking around in a part of history.
We not only take you through the history of Levi's jeans and how Levi Strauss (sort of, but not really) created them, as well as the process jeans go through to get into the store for you to buy. If you're lucky, you might even learn how the best jeans of all time, acid washed, are made!
Venus Cloud Cities - Episode 80
Everyone knows about the plans that NASA and SpaceX have for getting us to Mars (mostly because we already explained that to you), but did you know that NASA also has been playing with the idea of colonizing Venus? No, not on the extremely hot surface of "Earth's twin," but floating 50km in the clouds. That's right! Floating Venus cloud cities! Yes, I know it should be Venusian, but SEO likes the word Venus a lot more, so deal with it.
Take a few (roughly 30) minutes to learn all about how operation HAVOC is going to get humans floating around Venus in no time...in theory...
Bill Nye - Is He Really a Science Guy - Episode 79
Let's look at the facts: Bill Nye has his BS in Mechanical Engineering, just like me. Bill Nye hosts shows that educate young and old alike about science and technology, just like me. Bill Nye is extremely funny, just like me. We're practically the same person, so does that make me a "science guy" as well?! I think not!!
But if you dig a little bit deeper, there is a lot more to Mr. William Sanford Nye. He has a couple patents, has written a couple books, helped NASA with a sundial going to Mars, designed parts for the Boeing 747 and hurt himself on Dancing with the Stars. All of these really do point to the fact that he is a science guy! It isn't his fault that he was smart enough to get out of engineering and do something he loves.
Amazing (yet) Obsolete Inventions - Episode 78
Can you remember a technological marvel that you thought would never be replaced, and the next thing you know it was obsolete? We're taking a look at some of the most amazing technology that changed the world, yet is now nothing more than an afterthought.
Some of the items we discuss include: Encyclopedias, CRT TV, watches, answering machines, typewriters, the postal service, steam engines, pay phones and more!
How Will We Feed the Growing Population - Episode 77
The world's population is going to exceed 10 billion by 2050. Yeah, that's a lot, and we don't have enough food to feed all these mouths! Fortunately for us, there are a lot of smart people out there creating ways to solve this problem. Vertical gardening in giant warehouses, underwater growing bubbles, vertical farming of kelp, scallops, and other delicious seafood and even traditional food alternatives live Soylent. Warning: steak may be at a premium.
Chocolate - Episode 76
What is the history of chocolate? Where does chocolate come from? How was it made? Why Valentine’s Day? Will we ever run out? Is it really good for you? We'll answer all these questions and more today on Unprofessional Engineering.
Great Inventors: Steve Jobs - Episode 75
Another great inventor, another college drop out. Then again, it looks like the drug aided spiritual journey worked out for Steve Jobs, as nearly everything he touched seemed to turn to gold. From starting Apple, to helping Pixar become a reality and resurrecting Apple from an all-time low to new heights (after they basically kicked him out as CEO), this man was successful.
Terraforming Mars - Episode 74
Do you remember watching Total Recall and thinking, "we'll never live on Mars." Well, we might not, but that doesn't mean that humans won't. In fact, we're probably a lot closer to making it happen than you think. Our friends at SpaceX think they will be sending humans to Mars in just 6 years, and NASA is planning on doing so in under 20.
All that being said, what is it going to take to make Mars habitable? And what technology needs to be in place to get us there? Of course we've summed it all up in just over 30 minutes for your listening pleasure!
History of English vs. Metric - Episode 73
There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to the different units of measure, but let's be honest, there's a wrong answer. All of 3 (or so) countries use English units which are confusing and hard to convert, and the rest of the world uses the same metric system. How could they all be wrong?!
We walk you through the history of units of measure, how the English system showed up, why the French hated America and didn't invite them to the metric party, and even discuss what a butt load is. Yes, it is a real thing.
Satellites - Episode 72
Have you ever wondered how satellites stay in orbit around the Earth? Or how they are able to communicate from thousands of miles away? Or what happens to them after they are no longer functioning or needed? We have all these answers and more! Take a listen to a brief history of satellites, what they are made from, how many are floating around us (literally) and more!
Crazy Flat Earther Theories - Episode 71
Everyone knows that the Earth is a sphere, right? Not so fast! There is a small, but vocal, group of people out there that believe the Earth is flat. Yup... fall off the edge flat. But don't worry, there is a big ice wall circa Game of Thrones holding in our oceans and keeping us safe.
We're walking you through exactly what the flat Earthers believe to be the truth, how NASA is guarding the wall, the reasons gravity doesn't exist and so much more! Who knows? Maybe you'll become a true believer after this.
How Does Cryptocurrency Work - Episode 70
Are you looking for a sure-fire way to become a millionaire over night? Well bitcoin mining is not for you! In fact, it is likely that you won't even make any money doing it. But that doesn't mean that the craze is over. There are still tons of other cryptocurrency options out there, or even mining pools that you can get into to still dig for bitcoin if you're interested.
We're walking you through the basics of crytocurrency, how to get ready to mine on your own, and even providing some great suggestions of things to do on the dark web. Check it out!
Best Engineering of 2017 - Episode 69
There has been so much amazing engineering in 2017 that it is hard to remember it all, but lucky for you, we're doing all the work! From things as simple as healthy ice cream, to IoT, all the way to Tesla and SpaceX and NASA heading to Mars again, it has been a great year! Sit back and enjoy an amazing year in technology.
The Math Behind Santa - Episode 68
I think we can all agree that Santa is for sure, 100% real, but have you ever thought about the math behind his amazing journey?!? Here are just a few things for you to think about:
How fast Santa's sleigh is traveling
The amount of force against the sleigh exerted by Santa
How many reindeer it would actually take to pull a sleigh carrying so many presents
The caloric intake of all those cookies
How does the time space continuum come into play
We have the answers for all of this and more! Now put down the eggnog, gather around the Christmas tree and listen to what is sure to be the best present you get this year.
How It's Made: Toys - Part 2 - Episode 67
After the huge success of How It's Made: Toys part one (talking about LEGO, Crayola Crayons, Etch-A-Sketch and Play-Doh) we're back with even more great toys! We answer what's inside Stretch Armstrong, walk through the epic story of the Super Soaker, talk about the wonderful toy that is the Slinky and teach you to make Silly Putty at home.
Supercars - Episode 66
Every engineer likes to dream about cars they'll never be able to afford (come on, you're engineers after all...), but there are some that stand out above the rest. We explain just what makes a supercar so super, tell you about the most expensive and fastest cars around, and have even put together a quick list of affordable "supercars" that you might actually be able to get your hands on. Missing one? Let us hear about it!
How It's Made: Toys - Part 1 - Episode 65
As engineers, or just as humans, we all love toys, right?? But have you taken the time to see how they are made? We take a look at the history and the manufacturing process behind some of the most popular toys of all time, including:
Do you have more toys that you would like us to investigate? Emails us at UnprofessionalEngineering@gmail.com and we'll get them added to the next "How It's Made" episode!
Engineering the Perfect Turkey - Episode 64
Do you want to make this Thanksgiving the best ever?! You won't be able to if you don't get that turkey just right. We're here to teach you about the different ways that you can cook a turkey (from smoking to grilling, deep frying to roasting) as well as break down the math behind engineering the most delicious, juicy bird possible.
Great Inventors: James Dyson - Episode 63
When you think about James Dyson, you probably think he is just a guy that invented an expensive vacuum cleaner, and you would almost be right. That being said, that invention got him a net worth of roughly $4.4 billion! BILLION!
To his inventor cred, he also created that disgusting air blade to dry your hands and a handful of other inventions. Really cool though, Dyson is the biggest supporter of robotics in the UK!
He is way more interesting than one would think, so take a half hour and hear why.
Top 10 Movies with Great Engineering - Episode 62
There are so many great movies out there that use engineering in amazing and creative ways! In fact, some people become engineers based on movies they watched (like Luke with E.T.). We've put our brains together to comprise the top 10 movies loosely based on engineering. Some have ingenious contraptions, some have slightly less realistic engineering, but all of them are a great watch!
History of Alexander Graham Bell - Episode 61
Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone. Yeah, we all know that, but did you know that he gave nearly all of his company to his wife when he married her? Or that he didn't consider the telephone to be his greatest invention of his life? Or that he built the worlds fastest speed boat?!
That's right! There is more to this great inventor than meets the eye. I mean, his beard is pretty amazing, and that's probably how he got his wife to fall in love with him, but his brain is pretty sexy too.
Building the Perfect CAD or Gamer PC - Episode 60
Are you looking to build the perfect workstation for your engineering, CAD or gaming needs? You're in luck! We hooked up with an expert from TFI CAD Tips, Neil Cross, to help you understand where you should spend that extra cash to take over WoW, what the different parts of your PC do for improved CAD design and tells you if you should just buy something off the shelf.
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AI and Robots: End of the Human Race or Maybe Not- Episode 59
Like it or not, AI (artificial intelligence) and robots are here and becoming more pervasive in everyday life. We will talk about the good the bad and everything in between.
Medical Imaging Technology - Episode 58
Unless you've been pretty lucky all your life, you've probably had to rely on medical imaging at some point. That could be something simple like an x-ray for a broken arm, or something more complicated like a MRI or CAT scan. Have you ever thought about how those machines work? Photons, atoms, tungsten, H2O and giant magnets for a start! Join us to find out more!
Great Inventors: Elon Musk - Episode 57
Perhaps the most innovative and well known man of these times, Elon Musk pretty much turns everything he touches into technological gold! From Zip2, which has nothing to do with his physics degree, to X.com that somehow turned into PayPal, all the way to SpaceX and Tesla, this guy is good!
He is literally improving space travel and looking to get us to Mars by 2024, all while he revolutionizes the automotive industry with electric cars. Let's not forget his other hobbies like stuffing microchips into the human brain to help us integrate with software, or starting a tunnel boring company just to avoid traffic to the airport.
Wait, there's more! The Hyperlop is on the way! Travel across California in no time, zooming around at 700 mph! Yeah...this guy is good.
Shipping Containers - Episode 56
The shipping container could be the single largest contributor to the modern day global economy. Don't believe us? Just imagine where we would be if everything was still packed under a ship haul and wasn't standardized in size for delivery! Plus, once the containers get worn out, they can be used to make amazing, green, modular homes! These might be the unsung hero of the modern world...
How Do Watches Work? - Episode 55
How can something so small be so complicated?! From the pocket watch to the Apple watch, we cover them all. Learn how intricate mechanical watches operate, how quartz watches are different, and which historical events drove the popularity of the wrist watch.
Renewable Energy - Episode 54
The world's dependency on fossil fuels might not be as serious as you think! The combination of solar, hydro, wind, geothermal and many other clean energy sources could eventually take over. Learn more about these (and many other) clean technology options.
History Of Airplanes - Episode 53
We might take the airplane for granted today, but just think back to the earliest flights and all the engineering, testing and hoping for the best that went into it! In this episode we walk through everything thing from the Wright brothers to crossing the Atlantic, all the way to where flight will go in the future!
Internet of Things (IoT) - Episode 52
We've all heard of the internet of things by now, but do you understand what it is? Products like Fitbit and Nest are great examples! Learn how IoT is changing the way engineers design, and how it is improving the user experience for products across the board.
Everything Engines - Episode 51
Have you ever looked under the hood of your car and been afraid to do anything but add windshield washer fluid? Give us just 30 minutes and you'll be able to completely rebuild your entire engine! OK, that might be a stretch, but you will understand the basics of how engines work, the different types, how the various parts interact and confirm your thoughts that you should leave it to the experts.
Engineering the Great Pyramid, Great Wall and Colosseum - Episode 50
How could something as big as the Great Wall or as intricate as the Colosseum be built so long ago? Amazing engineering went into these creations, even if it wasn't know. Or maybe aliens helped out... who knows?! We do, so take a listen to our hour long 50th episode celebration!
History Of CAD - Episode 49
Nothing says engineering like working with CAD! Whether it is AutoCAD, SolidWorks or anything else, every engineer has used these tools at some point. But where did it all start? And where is it headed?
Top Engineering Schools and Degrees - Episode 48
Thinking about going into engineering or just curious about the job prospects available? We have summed it up, and will even let you know how much you can expect to make!
Electric Cars - Episode 47
Electric cars are a staple for those who live in California, or love hugging trees, but are they right for you? We walk through the not so short history of electric cars, pros and cons of gas vs electric, how they work and the top rides of 2017.
Medieval Combat Weapons - Episode 46
In honor of Game of Thrones season 7 launching, we've decided to break down medieval weapons in part 3 of the series. Siege weapons such as battering rams and catapults, how swords are smithed, and what is the difference between a mace and a flail? Time to prepare for battle!
Medieval Castle Construction - Episode 45
For the second part of our Game of Thrones series, we're taking a look at how medieval castles were designed and constructed, the best ways to attack them and what purpose the various designs served. Unfortunately, dragons are not included...yet.
Medieval Torture Devices - Episode 44
In honor of Game of Thrones season 7 launching soon, we thought we'd break down medieval technology. The first of our 3 part series is on torture devices used, how they worked and why people back in the were pretty much the worst. Enjoy, or you'll get the rack!
The Top 10 Toys that Made You an Engineer - Episode 43
Do you remember playing with Legos as a kid? Tinker Toys? Silly putty? We argue out the top 10 toys that made us the engineers we are today. You might be surprised by a few that made this list!
Crazy Sci-Fi technology turned real - Episode 42
Think of all the crazy technology in Star Wars and Star Trek that could never exist. Like a tractor beam. Oh wait, we have it. Or the flying car from the Jetsons. No, we have that too... We discuss a ton of crazy Sci-Fi technology that is now a reality. Wonder what's next?
CNC Machining for the Engineer - Episode 41
Do you ever think of turning your ideas into a reality? With CNC machining and CAM software, you can turn a block of metal into anything you want. Special guest Joel Johnson, founder of BoXZY, helps us understand how to do it.
Drones: Fun Toys or War Machines of DEATH?!? - Episode 40
You can't go online without stumbling across an article about drones these days. Drone racing, police drones, military drones, or just drones for creeping on your neighbors, they're everywhere! We have all the info you need to be a well educated drone lover, or hater...
Deep Sea Exploration - Episode 39
Do you ever think about what is lurking at the bottom of the ocean? We take a look at how people are exploring the depths and what they are finding!
Crazy World War 2 Weapons - Episode 38
Necessity might be the mother of invention, but war is the father of crazy ideas. Specifically, crazy German ideas. From boiling seas using the sun to vibrating people to pieces, they came up with some of the most...er...unique ideas of World War 2!
Top 10 Inventions of All Time - Episode 37
What do you think the greatest inventions of all time are? Don't think too hard because we just debated the top 10 and have compiled the perfect list for you. Check out where we landed.
Aircraft Carriers - How To Engineer A Floating City - Episode 36
Nothing takes more engineering than an aircraft carrier! Learn how these floating cities are constructed, powered, manned, and most importantly, what they do with all that poop. Enjoy!
Pinewood Derby - Engineering Your Way to Victory - Episode 35
Do you want to finally beat that dad that always wins the pinewood derby? I mean, help your child to win... We have the tips for you! By using some simple engineering we can turn your pinewood derby car into the fastest thing since the Flash!
Trends in 3D Printing: Current and Future - Episode 34
Are you interested in 3D printing and how it is going to be changing the world in the future? As it is already changing the medical, automotive, space and endless other industries, where does it have to go? We'll help you understand this and how it could be used to revolutionize your job and home life!
Panama Canal - A story of revolution, construction and death...lots of death - Episode 33
25,000 dead, 750 ton metal doors, 60,000,000 pounds of dynamite. This modern marvel has it all!! Join us for a quick run down of all things Panama Canal, from its history to how it actually works.
You Drink HOW Much Coffee!! - Episode 32
I know you drink far too much coffee every day, but do you know how much engineering, effort and testing goes into each cup? We'll walk you through seed to cup and break down all of the different machine options to make you the best cup of joe.
Gas vs Electric - Lawn equipment battle royale - Episode 31
In the battle between gas and electric, who will come out on top to be the king of lawn care?! OK, so maybe it isn't as hardcore as the Royal Rumble, but this is some serious stuff when it comes to chainsaws, lawn mowers, weed whackers and more. Learn all about which option is right for you as well as how they work in this episode.
Truck Lifts - Jacked up trucks aren't just for rednecks! - Episode 30
Going off roading or just have a Napoleon complex? Lifting your truck might be for you. Learn about the difference between body and suspension lifts, pros and cons of each, and hear more engineering speak than you could possibly want.
Beer - The science behind making the nectar of the gods - Episode 29
Beer might seem like the best thing in the world, and it is! But a lot of science and experimentation goes into each one. We'll break down how you can make your own craft beer, as well as explain temperatures and chemical interactions going on during the process.
Artificial Intelligence - AI...no...not the crappy movie - Episode 28
Remember watching Terminator and thinking that could never happen? Or maybe that it would be scary if it did? Yeah, it isn't that far off. Machines are learning from their experiences, and it is going to be changing the world for better or worse!
Space Stations - History, construction & hoping they don't crash - Episode 27
Star Wars and Star Trek aren't that far off! We already have people living in space for extended periods of time, and even are looking into creating space cities. We're breaking down the history of the space stations, how huge parts make it into space, and what has been learned over all these years.
The Maker Movement - How do makers actually make? - Episode 26
Have you heard the term "maker" and wondered what that means? Mostly it means dirty hipster, but there might actually be some good involved. In this episode we take a look at the maker movement, discuss tools used by these folks, free software, and have a special guest (Joel Johnson of KinetiGear Robotics) to help us figure it all out.
Hyperloop - Elon's idea for the future of travel - Episode 25
If you're up on the latest technology, or pretty much just watch the news, you've been hearing a lot about the Hyperloop planned to go between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is another dream of Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla. If anyone can make it a reality, it is him! We break down what a hyperloop is, the new technology involved with it, and discuss where it currently stands.
Radio - Have radio waves get to your car - Episode 24
Have you ever stopped to think how radio signals get transmitted from the station to your car, and all the cars around you? Or ask yourself what the difference between AM/FM and digital radio is? You're in luck because we're here to explain it all to you!
Roller Coasters - Giant death traps. For real... - Episode 23
When is the last time you were on a roller coaster? The thrill of a huge drop, the rush of traveling 150 miles per hour, throwing up after. Well, you're lucky you didn't die on it! Not really. They are pretty well constructed, and we're here to explain how they are being made bigger, faster and thillerer... Yes, Thrillerer.
Living Off the Grid - Could you survive? - Episode 22
Living off the grid seems like a great idea! No one to bother you, no job to bother you, no responsibility... you know, except for your survival. We break down what it takes to set up your off the grid homestead for your dooms day prepping needs!
Winter Tires - Are your tires safe for winter? - Episode 21
Do you live somewhere that doesn't get snow? Don't bother listening. Otherwise, this episode will save your life!! Well, maybe not save your life, but it is full of great information on how snow tires and studded tires can make the difference between getting in an accident and having a nice Sunday drive. Also, do me a favor and subscribe and review our podcast!
Stem Cells - How are they changing the world? - Episode 20
It turns out that stem cells are basically the most amazing thing in the world. Starting with 1, your entire body is built, and then they continue to keep repairing your body as you age. What if they could be used to cure all disease and extend your life while improving quality of life? That is what scientists are looking to do.
Skyscrapers - Earthquake proofing the worlds tallest buildings - Episode 19
More engineering goes into keeping the tallest buildings in the world standing than the actual construction itself! That might not be entirely accurate, but it is probably pretty close. We'll explain how skyscrapers have gotten so tall and the measures taken to make sure they stay standing.
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Prosthetics - Wow, this technology is life changing. Literally. - Episode 18
Did you know people have been using prosthetic for over 4,000 years? Did you know scientists can now reroute brain signals to control prosthetic limbs using other muscle sets? This is truly an amazing history and modern technology that you should check out!
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Solar Power - Saving the world or just costing me money? - Episode 17
I'm sure you've all seen solar panels somewhere, but do you know how they produce electricity, or how many you would need to power your house? Probably not, because you've never bothered to Google it. It's ok, we're here to explain just that so that you can keep doing whatever it is you do while listening to us.
Breathalyzers - Myth busting on beating them and how they work - Episode 16
What do you do when you've had a few drinks and need to get home? Hopefully you call an Uber, but if not, you might be in line for a breathalyzer test! So, is there a way to beat it? I'll discuss how they work as well as a number of ways people have tried to stay out of jail!
Ship Building, Viking Style - Old boats, like, Vikings and Columbus. Yeah, old. - Episode 15
Sure, ship building of today is impressive, but try building a sea worthy vessel with just an ax! Yeah, that's what the Vikings were able to do. AMAZING! Not to mention how different advancement in technology came about and was transferred between regions. If you're into history, construction, vikings, old ships, boats and hoes, this is a great listen!
Fission vs Fusion - Explain that physics, the uses, and problems with each - Episode 14
Some of the craziest science out there revolves around fission and fusion, and it turns out scientists don't really know all that much about either. We'll try to explain the differences between each, how they occur, what good (and bad) they are for humanity, and still have a little fun at the same time. Enjoy!
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Haunted Houses - How do they create all those special effects? - Episode 13
Everyone loves Halloween. Free candy, not getting judged for dressing up, and best of all, haunted houses! In this episode, we take a look at the engineering behind haunted house special effects so that you know exactly what is happening next time you're crying in the corner of a scare house!
Punkin Chunkin -Air cannons, catapults and trebuchets: Redneck fun! - Episode 12
Have you ever wanted to shoot a pumpkin a mile through the air? Of course you have, and punkin' chunkin' gives you that chance. Embrace your inner redneck and learn all about this up and coming...sport?
Cars Of The Future - Self driving, electric, flying and more! - Episode 11
I know, you won't be able to afford any of the cars of the future, but why not dream a little? We'll break down what's headed our way in the next 10 years such as self driving, electric, and flying cars. Yup, flying, like the Jetsons. Click subscribe...do it. DO IT!
Hoover Dam - Yeah, you won't believe what all went into it - Episode 10
The Hoover dam is amazing! It's big, it holds back all sorts of water, and maybe there are people buried inside of it! What else could you ask for?!! Take a listen and be impressed, because it's going to happen.
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3D Printers - Which one is right for you and what's the difference - Episode 9
3D printing is one of the hottest technologies around, but what do you know about it? We’re looking to break down the different types of materials and printing methods to help you know what you might want to use. Oh, and we let you know about some of the top rated printers out there that you might want to give a try. Give us a listen and let me know if you have any questions! email@example.com Twitter: @UnproEng
Fishing: Rods, reels, lures... and fish stories of course - Episode 8
Want to be in the Bassmaster classic? This probably isn't going to get you there, but if you're interested in fishing or just want to listen to how little we know, this is your chance. Learn about different rods, reels, lures, lines and hear our amazing fishing tales.
Roads: Potholes, pavement and how they started - Episode 1
At long last, here is the never released episode 1! In this episode we take a look at the history of roads from cavemen stomping around on a path to the Roman war paths, all the way to modern road construction and why they seem to have more potholes than pavement.
Bridges: There's more to those things than you know, I swear. - Episode 7
Bridges are all over the place, from a log across a river to the Golden Gate bridge, which isn't even golden, but whatever... Their construction, upkeep, survival and history is rather amazing though, and they have come a long way. Give us 30 minutes and you will know more than you thought possible as well as annoy your friends on the next road trip. Win win.
Fireworks: Make them at home, kids! Or, how do they work? - Episode 6
We've all sat around on the 4th of July, or some other celebration, and watched the amazing fireworks displays. But do you know how they make the different shapes, colors and sounds? We do. Because we're smarter than you. Or because we have Google. Give this a listen and be able to impress your friends with some useless knowledge next time you see fireworks.
The Light Bulb: Do you know the true story? - Episode 5
I bet you think you know the story of the light bulb, right? Well, I bet you're wrong. It's an amazing history of trial and error, thievery, and some really amazing engineering!
Carni Games: How the games are rigged! - Episode 4
You can admit it. You've played carnival games before, and you've lost. We all have! In fact, it is almost impossible for you to win at most of these games. In this episode we take a look at some of the most common and popular carni games and explain just how they are screwing you out of your money! But hey, they're still kinda fun...
What Is Unprofessional Engineering?
Think of Unprofessional Engineering as education mixed with entertainment. It's like Stuff You Should Know, but with a little more science and a lot less talent. Maybe not a lot less...that's just mean. If you're into learning about how stuff works without Googling it, this podcast is for you!
Helmets: Helpful? Useless? Getting better? - Episode 3
As concussions become a larger issue in sports today, we take a look at how helmets have changed over the years, how much they help, and future trends in helmet design. New materials, designs and cooperative design are looked at to better understand safety in the games.
Smokers: How do they work and how to cook your meat - Episode 2
It seems like smoking meat is becoming more and more popular, but do you know how they work? What temperature do you cook at? What would do you use for what meat? Who knew that things were this complicated. No worries! We're here to have a little fun and walk you through all of the types of smokes, fuels you can use and anything else you'd ever want to know.