Podcast: ASME TechCast

Welcome to ASME TechCast, brought to you by the editors of ASME.org and Mechanical Engineering magazine. In each episode we explore the innovators, innovations, and issues and the topics that are advancing engineering. Have feedback, questions, or comments? Contact Senior Content Manager Jeff O’Heir at oheirj@asme.org. Thanks for listening!

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Episode 7: Breakthrough Could Bring New Cancer Treatment

It took a mechanical engineer to discover that cancerous cells use a previously unknown mechanism - a repetitive physical movement - to actually break through the surrounding membrane to become invasive. Ovijit Chaudhuri, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University and the lead researcher on the project, spoke about his new findings with Jeff O’Heir on ASME TechCast. The findings could lead to the discovery of new cancer therapies and help to stop the disease in its pre-invasive stage. Chaudhuri talks about this breakthrough as well as the growing interest young mechanical engineers have in solving biological problems.

Episode 6: How a High School Senior Helped a Wounded Marine

Ashley Kimbel, a senior at Grissom High School in Huntsville, Ala., recently designed and built an impressive prosthetic foot for Kendall Bane, a former Marine who lost his leg due to the gunshot wounds he suffered in Afghanistan. In honor of her accomplishment, Siemens hosted a special event for her at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, where the city’s mayor Tommy Battle declared it Ashley Kimbel Day. She followed that up with a visit to the Today Show in New York City. Listen as she joins Jeff O’Heir in this episode of ASME TechCast.

Episode 5: Renewable Energy Experts Shine Light on Solar Farms and Grids

Chitra Sethi, managing editor of Mechanical Engineering magazine, speaks with Frank Bergh, the former vice president of grid engineering at Sigora International and current CEO of Beyond the Grid, a renewable energy consulting company, and Alison Kling, a project specialist at Con Edison. The three talk about the challenges and benefits of creating solar farms in New York City and a solar grid in Haiti, as well as the current and future states of renewable energy sources.

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