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Engineering begins and ends with people. RE: Engineering Radio is a podcast from University of Michigan Engineering, sharing stories about industry-changing work and the people who make it happen.
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Engineering begins and ends with people. RE: Engineering Radio is a podcast from University of Michigan Engineering, sharing stories about industry-changing work and the people who make it happen.
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    The future of Line 5: Engineering under Lake Michigan

    The future of Line 5: Engineering under Lake Michigan

    Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer gave the Canadian oil company Enbridge until May 12th to shut down the segment of the Line 5 pipeline that runs along the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the order. The question remains: how would Enbridge shut down the controversial pipeline and construct a replacement tunnel?
    As the deadline approaches, University of Michigan engineering researchers offered insights into how the company might go about doing that, and also how they might construct a tunnel under the lakebed for a replacement section of the line.
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    Sticking the Landing

    Sticking the Landing

    If all goes according to plan, plenty of eyes will be on Mars on February 18th, the day NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is set to touch down on the Red Planet’s surface. 
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    Late in 2019, just months before the U.S. plunged into full-on, COVID-19 life, NASA tapped Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Jesse Capecelatro and his team to help study the particles that are stirred by the landing of a spacecraft. The rockets that fire on a typical spacecraft landing kick thousands of tiny surface particles into motion, and those particles can create trouble for any multi-million dollar craft even under the best of circumstances.
    For the Mars 2020 space mission and other landings scheduled over the next few years, the University of Michigan crew will collect data and create physics-based models that can be incorporated into codes used by NASA. They’ll help predict what happens when a spacecraft attempts to land millions of miles from home.
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    Nanobiotics to Fight Superbugs

    Nanobiotics to Fight Superbugs

    S1 E4 - The Blue Sky Podcast
    Evolution provided bacteria with a mechanism to overcome our antibiotics, and each time we introduce a new antibiotic, they get faster at becoming resistant to it. At the same time, it can take 14 years and billions of dollars to bring a new one to market.
    Angela Violi, professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a coalition of chemical engineers and biologists trying to change the game by developing antibiotics in a new way. They want to design nanoparticles to exploit weaknesses in the target pathogens. Not only could they work better, they could make it to market faster.
    The Blue Sky Podcast is an award winning limited series from RE: Engineering Radio and the University of Michigan College of Engineering. We’re following four research projects in critically important areas of global consequence.
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    Carbon Negative, Dollar Positive

    Carbon Negative, Dollar Positive

    S1 E3 - The Blue Sky Podcast
    What’s more expensive—dealing with climate change, or not dealing with climate change? The Global CO2 Initiative is trying to break the trade-off by making carbon-negative manufacturing pay. The effort views the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as a resource to be mined from smokestacks or even the air and used to make a variety of products from clothing and shoes, to concrete and packaging.
    The project aims to reduce the equivalent of 10% of current atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions annually by 2030. Volker Sick, a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the initiative, explains the concept.
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    Remaking Water Infrastructure

    Remaking Water Infrastructure

    S1 E 2 - The Blue Sky Podcast
    We may not like to think of our water as being filled with microbes but...well, they’re in there. And we could be recruiting some to help us out rather than treating them like a monolithic opposition to be roundly defeated with an abundance of chlorine.
    Lut Raskin, professor of civil and environmental engineering, leads a project that aims to understand and harness the water biome. And it’s not just about healthier water. Understanding microbes could clue us in when water infrastructure is starting to break down—for instance, when cracks are developing in water mains or when protective coatings on the insides of old lead pipes are being corroded away.
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    • 21 min
    Artificial Photosynthesis for Sustainable “Solar Fuels”

    Artificial Photosynthesis for Sustainable “Solar Fuels”

    S1 E 1 - The Blue Sky Podcast
    What if we could learn from the trees to make a fossil fuel alternative out of carbon dioxide and sunlight alone? We could close the loop on carbon emissions—a critical win in the battle against climate change.
    That's one of the goals of Zetian Mi, professor of electrical engineering and computer science. He's also aiming to make efficient, affordable ultraviolet LEDs to sterilize drinking water in parts of the world that don't have enough today. Connecting these two technologies is an up-and-coming semiconductor called gallium nitride. Can Mi's team engineer the quantum properties so that gallium nitride lives up to its promise?
    The Blue Sky Podcast is an award winning limited series from RE: Engineering Radio and the University of Michigan College of Engineering. We’re following four research projects in critically important areas of global consequence.
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