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Create the Future: An Engineering Podcast

32 EpisodesProduced by Queen Elizabeth Prize for EngineeringWebsite

From nanotechnology and the Internet of Things to autonomous vehicles and healthcare – engineering is all around us.Create the Future celebrates engineering visionaries and inspires creative minds by exploring the wonderful world of skill, creativity, and innovation that is engineering – highlightin… read more

32 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Biofabrication: From Fungi to Fashion

June 15th, 2021


What if we could grow our own clothes?

Suzanne Lee is a fashion designer who works closely with engineers, biologists, and material scientists to do …

Bionics: The Future of Prosthetics

June 1st, 2021


Hugh Herr is an engineer, biophysicist, and pioneer in the field of biomechatronics - technology that marries human physiology and electromechanics …

Engineering the iPhone

May 18th, 2021


A software engineer at Apple for over 16 years, Ken Kocienda was deeply involved with the development of the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Safari …

Biomimicry: Nature-Inspired Engineering

May 4th, 2021


Janine Benyus has a message for engineers: Look to nature for inspiration.

Biomimicry is the practice of learning from and replicating nature's …

Conservation Engineering: Saving Nature

April 20th, 2021


Shah Selbe is a conservationist, engineer, explorer, and entrepreneur developing technology-based solutions to solve some of the planet’s biggest …

COVID-19: An Engineering Response

April 6th, 2021


Chris Toumazou is one of the world’s leading medical engineers, recognised for his ingenious electronic medical diagnosis and therapy devices.

His latest device ‘CovidNudge’, is an innovative, lab-free, cartridge-based …

Gitanjali Rao: The 15-Year-Old Using Tech To Change Lives

March 23rd, 2021


TIME Magazine’s first-ever ‘Kid of the Year’, Gitanjali Rao, is on a mission to create a global community of young innovators.

At just 15 years old, …

Understanding Engineering Failure

March 9th, 2021


Henry Petroski is interested in engineering when it succeeds, but more so when it fails.

A distinguished author and professor of both civil engineering and history, Petroski has authored 19 books and written hundreds of …

Geoengineering: Carbon Capture

February 23rd, 2021


Direct air capture (DAC) technology has been in the news a lot recently following the announcement of Elon Musk’s one-hundred million dollar carbon …

2021 QEPrize Winners: LED Lighting

February 9th, 2021


In this special episode of Create the Future we speak to the winners of the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the creators of LED lighting.

The War on Waste

January 26th, 2021


Veena Sahajwalla is revolutionising recycling.

As the engineering brains behind “green steel” and the world’s first e-waste microfactory, she is …

Creativity in Engineering

January 12th, 2021


For Yewande Akinola MBE, engineering is all about staying curious, expressing creativity, and imagining the impossible.

Yewande Akinola is an …

Making Waves: Renewable Energy

October 29th, 2020


With approximately 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface covered in water, the predictable and consistent electricity-generating potential of the oceans remains a largely untapped resource.

In this episode of Create the …

Biochemical Engineering

October 2nd, 2020


The heart of the biotechnology revolution, biochemical engineering has seen the launch of entire industries. Biochemical engineers work to develop …

Building The Burj Khalifa

September 10th, 2020


Standing a staggering 828 metres tall, comprised of more than 4,000 tonnes of structural steel, and setting nearly a dozen world records with its construction, the Burj Khalifa is immense. Not only is it a leviathan …

Bill Nye: The Science (and Engineering!) Guy

August 10th, 2020


Just as internet pioneer Vint Cerf is known for donning a three-piece suit, so too is this week’s guest known for their accoutrement of choice: a bow tie.

Whether you grew up in the US or not, chances are you’ve heard …

A Driverless Future

July 13th, 2020


Today’s technologies would be considered magic to people just a few decades past, but the ideas behind them are often far from new. The promise of a …

Microwaves to Musical Robots: A Career in Engineering

June 23rd, 2020


Danielle George is a Professor of Microwave Communication Engineering at the University of Manchester and the incoming President of the Institution …

City Skylines With Roma Agrawal

May 28th, 2020


Often considered to be the world’s first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building was completed on 1 March 1885, on the corner of Adams and LaSalle Street in Chicago. At 138 feet (42m) high, it wasn’t the tallest …

Origami Engineering

May 12th, 2020


Fold by fold, engineers have begun to recognise the innovative potential of origami beyond the traditional paper cranes and flowers. With its …

Painting In Space With Astronaut Nicole Stott

April 24th, 2020


If you’ve ever stared up at the night sky with curiosity and a sense of wonder, then this week’s episode of the Create the Future podcast is for you.

This month, two huge engineering achievements are being celebrated. …

Vint Cerf: Engineering the Internet

April 14th, 2020


Whether you're streaming your favourite TV show, video conferencing with colleagues, posting a photo of your food on Instagram, or helping to build a …

Exploring the Quantum Realm With Jim Al-Khalili

April 3rd, 2020


If you’ve ever heard of Schrödinger’s cat, watched Avengers: Endgame, or binge-watched The Big Bang Theory, then a branch of physics called quantum mechanics may sound familiar. Quantum mechanics (or quantum theory) is …

Hollywood Magic: Engineering in the Movies

March 10th, 2020


Bringing a touch of Hollywood glamour to Create the Future this week, we interview two visual effects (VFX) engineers whose companies have, between …

Earthquake Engineering: Predicting Mother Nature

February 21st, 2020


Earthquakes provide a complex challenge for engineers; they are difficult to predict, difficult to withstand and, subsequently, difficult to recover …

The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Panama Canal

January 14th, 2020


Opened over a century ago, the Panama Canal is widely considered to be one of the greatest feats in engineering history, and a contender for the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. Not only did its construction produce the …

The Origins of GPS

December 19th, 2019


Today we take our navigation for granted. Just a few moments using our phone and we’ve got our quickest route home, the scenic drive to work, and directions to the nearest coffee shop. But have you ever stopped to …

A Material World

November 11th, 2019


From swimsuits and coffee cups to quantum computers and medicines, materials science – the “middle of the Venn diagram between chemistry, engineering, and physics” – enables all the products, substances, and general …

Alexa, Can You Hear Me?

September 30th, 2019


The fourth episode of the Create the Future podcast focuses on artificial intelligence, a topic often found at the centre of modern ethical …

Smart Cities: All Hype or a Platform for Change?

August 19th, 2019


In this episode, we explore the origin and potential impact of smart cities. We look back on the technological and economic successes of the 2012 …

Moon Landing and Mars Rovers: Our Forays Into Space

July 17th, 2019


In this episode, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, we talk with Apollo engineer Dr David Baker and then traverse the …

The World Around Us

July 16th, 2019


In this inaugural episode we talk with Lord Browne of Madingley, engineer, business leader and Chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, about the profound impact that engineering has, and …

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