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Here on Main Street, there is one goal: to innovate tomorrow. Host Abe Danaher brings in guests at the forefront of science and technology innovation to discuss the impact their research has on listeners. Whether it’s decreasing traffic on the morning commute, clarifying the ethical dilemmas surrounding artificial intelligence, or mitigating the dangers of natural disasters, Danaher and his guests discuss how their work today will affect our lives tomorrow.

Innovation on Main UofSC College of Engineering and Computing

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Here on Main Street, there is one goal: to innovate tomorrow. Host Abe Danaher brings in guests at the forefront of science and technology innovation to discuss the impact their research has on listeners. Whether it’s decreasing traffic on the morning commute, clarifying the ethical dilemmas surrounding artificial intelligence, or mitigating the dangers of natural disasters, Danaher and his guests discuss how their work today will affect our lives tomorrow.

    Michael Gower: Can We Use Fat Tissue to Promote Muscle Growth? Particulate Systems and Their Potential Benefits for All of Humanity

    Michael Gower: Can We Use Fat Tissue to Promote Muscle Growth? Particulate Systems and Their Potential Benefits for All of Humanity

    Michael Gower, an assistant professor in the UofSC College of Engineering and Computing's biomedical engineering program, joins host Abe Danaher to talk about promoting muscle growth through particulate systems. First, Michael describes his work with the Veterans Administration (2:04) and why his research is needed by elderly people (3:09). Then, he explains why the particulate system is targeting fat tissue (5:33) and how the injectable system he's creating would work (7:26). Next, Abe gives stats showing the amount of muscle men lose over their lifetime (11:14) before Michael tells what it is like for him knowing that his research could affect everyone in the future (13:40). Lastly, he shares how this technology could help astronauts (17:29) or potentially lead to baseball's next cheating scandal (20:15) and his thoughts on graduating his first doctoral student (21:17).

     The music for this episode was graciously provided by Columbia's own, "No Way Jose!"

    • 23 min
    Travis Knight: Is There a Future for Nuclear Energy in America? The Ever-Changing Field and His Journey Through It

    Travis Knight: Is There a Future for Nuclear Energy in America? The Ever-Changing Field and His Journey Through It

    Travis Knight, the director of the UofSC College of Engineering and Computing's nuclear engineering program, joins host Abe Danaher to talk about nuclear energy. First, Travis describes his winding journey through the field (1:39) and why he chose to stay the course despite all the obstacles (6:21). Then, he describes the sinking feeling he felt when he heard the news of the V.C. Summer project (10:33) and how it is emblematic of the larger problem facing nuclear energy in America (15:20). Next, he explains what the future of nuclear energy looks like (20:42) before discussing why the current generation of students is so important to the future of the field (25:03). Lastly, he shares the message he tells to people who don't believe nuclear energy is a good thing (27:53) and the many reasons that he believes nuclear energy is a necessity for the security and well-being of the American people (34:24).

     The music for this episode was graciously provided by Columbia's own, "No Way Jose!"

    • 36 min
    Amit Sheth: Should We Be Worried About Artificial Intelligence? The New AI Institute and Choosing Grad Students

    Amit Sheth: Should We Be Worried About Artificial Intelligence? The New AI Institute and Choosing Grad Students

    Amit Sheth, the founding director of the UofSC Artificial Intelligence Institute, joins host Abe Danaher to talk about artificial intelligence. First, Amit explains the meaning of the institute's tagline, "turning big data into smart data," and he lays out his vision for the future of the AI Institute (6:46). Then, he explains why people need to be careful and concerned about emerging AI technologies (15:01) before discussing ethical concerns he has faced in his own AI research (19:36). Lastly, he reveals the attributes and characteristics he looks for in potential graduate students (23:00) and his motto on what it takes to be a successful researcher in any field (28:39).

     The music for this episode was graciously provided by Columbia's own, "No Way Jose!"

    • 33 min
    John Monnier: Working in Industry, Bimetallic Catalysts, and Researching Until He Dies

    John Monnier: Working in Industry, Bimetallic Catalysts, and Researching Until He Dies

    UofSC Chemical Engineering Professor John Monnier joins host Abe Danaher to tell about his journey from industry to the university and his now successful quest to create bimetallic catalysts. First, John explains the practical applications that both catalysis and engineering have (4:06) and how the industry evolved during his 32 years in it (8:33). Then, he explains his realization that everything that could be done with single metal catalysts had been done (11:46) and his ensuing decision to pursue bimetallic catalysts (14:21). Very importantly, John describes what catalysts are and why they are important to our everyday lives (15:24) and how he actually was successful in making a bimetallic catalyst (17:51). Lastly, he discusses how he now gauges his own success off the success of his students (35:38) and what the future holds for his already illustrious career (36:52).

     The music for this episode was graciously provided by Columbia's own, "No Way Jose!"

    • 39 min
    Nicole Berge: Hydrothermal Carbonization, Working with Trash, and Making Energy from Waste

    Nicole Berge: Hydrothermal Carbonization, Working with Trash, and Making Energy from Waste

    UofSC Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor Nicole Berge joins Host Abe Danaher to tell how her research on hydrothermal carbonization is allowing for waste to be converted into energy and fertilizers. Nicole begins by sharing how she got into researching landfills as an undergraduate (2:01), before explaining what her current research on trash aims to do (4:10). Next, she explains how close we are to using her technology widely in the US (7:25) and the reactions of her students when they hear they have to work with waste (9:34). Lastly, Abe does the "Beyond the CV" segment and learns all about Nicole's three dogs (11:41).

     The music for this episode was graciously provided by Columbia's own, "No Way Jose!"

    • 13 min
    Mike Sutton: Starting a Company, Digital Image Correlation, and the Power of Perseverance

    Mike Sutton: Starting a Company, Digital Image Correlation, and the Power of Perseverance

    UofSC Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Professor Mike Sutton joins Host Abe Danaher to tell the story of how the now international company Correlated Solutions Incorporated began and about the digital image correlation technology that he helped create. Mike begins with how NASA and UofSC didn't want to patent his technology (2:45), which forced him to start Correlated Solutions in 1997 (4:03). Then, Mike explains what it was like to start the company in Columbia, South Carolina (10:47). Next, Mike explains where the digital image correlation technology is going (19:10) before emphasizing the importance of perseverance in all aspects of life (21:04). Lastly, Abe does the "Beyond the CV" segment and gets a really interesting answer from Mike about his favorite hobby, terrascaping (24:04).

     The music for this episode was graciously provided by Columbia's own, "No Way Jose!"

    • 27 min

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