more than 230 professional researchers
leading more than 1,275 graduate students
each with a story to tell
From the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, this is Engineering Out Loud—a podcast telling the stories of how our research and innovation are helping change the world.
In this week’s episode, we bring you two stories from the bionic frontier. In part one, Greg Herman, professor of chemical engineering, talks about his work to develop a glucose-sensing contact lens to help patients with type 1 diabetes keep an eye on their blood sugar.
In Part 2, we explore the research of John Mathews, professor and head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer science, whose goal is to enable people with serious spinal cord injuries to regain the use of paralyzed limbs.
In part one, Nordica MacCarty, a faculty member in the Humanitarian Engineering Program at Oregon State, talks about improving the lives of women and children in the developing world through cleaner-burning cookstove technology. Traditional open-fire methods use fuel inefficiently, increasing the physical burden of household work and creating deadly indoor air pollution.
In part two, we’ll follow an unlikely journey taken by Chinweike Eseonu, an Oregon State engineering assistant professor from Nigeria, along with three women from the tiny town of Monroe, Oregon, Spanish instructor Loren Chavarria, and three determined engineering students, and all made possible by some tasty Mexican food.
In part one, we’ll uncover the extreme challenges of air travel for people with disabilities, the risky measures they take in order to fly, and the serious harm they face every time they board an aircraft. And we’ll meet Associate Professor Katharine Hunter-Zaworski who, for more than three decades, has been is fighting to remove barriers and improve access to transportation for people with disabilities.
By observing crashes, researchers can make recommendations on how to prevent them and ultimately make roads safer for more users. Crashes, however, are difficult to predict and to observe. In part two, we tour the Driving and Bicycling Simulator where Associate Professor David Hurwitz conducts experiments on right-hook crashes in a virtual environment.
Inclusivity means listening to all voices — creating a beautiful polyphonic sound. Learn about Distinguished Professor Margaret Burnett’s mission to change the way software is designed to be more inclusive of both females and males. Also, meet her former student Kyle Rector now at University of Iowa, who designed software to help people with vision impairments learn yoga.
Engineering Out Loud is produced by: Jens Odegaard, Krista Klinkhammer, Rachel Robertson, Steve Frandzel, Keith Hautala, and Johanna Carson. Audio editing is provided by Miriah Reddington. Artwork and graphic design by Jack Forkey. Additional support is provided by Megan Kilgore.