Top 5 Engineering Podcasts/YouTube Channels
Keeping up to date with industry news, notable achievements and recent feats in engineering is easy in the digital age. With a plethora of blogs, articles and social media posts, you could spend hours scrolling and soaking up information. However, sometimes the best way to learn is by listening: fortunately, there isn’t a shortage of engaging podcasts and YouTube channels dedicated to this fast-paced industry.
Whether you’re looking for a new engineering news podcast to get you through the commute or you seek an educational YouTube channel to sharpen your technical knowledge, you’ll be spoilt for choice when browsing through the options – so much so, that we thought it useful to refine your selection down to the top 5:
1. Her STEM Story
In 2017, mechanical engineer Prasha S Dutra started a podcast. Her aim? To share the inspiring stories of her fellow female engineers and encourage more girls to study STEM subjects. Delivered weekly, Her Stem Story has since interviewed over 50 women of the profession and shared 30 episodes of her uplifting podcast. Guests range from scientists, engineers, successful teen STEM stars and non-profits focused on bridging the STEM gender gap. Each week, listeners are treated to the tales of everyday engineering heroes who have been given a voice through Prasha’s podcast. Episodes are available on the Her STEM story website or iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and Libsyn.
2. The Discovery Files
Got a minute? That’s all you need to tune into one episode of The Discovery Files, a short-and-sweet and always upbeat podcast that looks into the latest advances in science, technology and engineering. Every episode explores exciting projects funded by the government's National Science Foundation of America: from tiny flying robots designed to pull heavy loads to sophisticated techniques used by cyber-criminals and even how sea sponges work, The Discovery Files is full of weird and wonderful facts to kick-start your day. For those eager to tune in, episodes can be downloaded through iTunes and Stitcher.
3. Grinding Gears
New on the scene, Grinding Gears is an educational podcast that has been produced with the intention of serving as a personal engineering mentor for professionals in the field. It may only have two episodes to date, but so far, Grinding Gears is proving successful among listeners who use the podcast to fill knowledge gaps and gain inspiration. Significant preparation and planning have been poured into this podcast, and efforts don’t go unnoticed: each episode features the insights of leaders in engineering and manufacturing who divulge their own struggles and successes in their journey to the top. The podcast may be new, but production is gearing up to a weekly podcast from 2019.
4. Learn Engineering
Learn Engineering is a YouTube channel that has been set up to deliver quality content for people with a passion for engineering and a hunger to learn more. Each video has been designed to bust myths and misconceptions by explaining complicated topics in a simple and engaging way: how a jet engine works, what powers an electric car and the science behind refrigerators, to name but a few. With each video lasting approximately five minutes, professionals can fit a few of these in around their working day or blow their minds with a binge-watching spree in their evenings.
Since January 2010, chemical & biomolecular engineering professor Bill Hammack has been committed in creating and sharing videos to inspire the next generation of engineers. Now almost nine years in, his captivating content has earned him a reputation as a “brilliant science-and-technology documentarian", whose "videos should be held up as models of how to present complex technical information visually". If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, just choose from one of his many videos as a starting point: whether he’s taking apart an LCD monitor, exploring the technology used in Black Boxes or ripping up a hard drive, Bill Hammack AKA ‘engineerguy’ encourages his viewers to ask the big questions about how our modern world works by revealing the underlying engineering choices behind a range of designs.