48 episodes

Technology Today Podcast launched in November 2018, offering a new way to listen and learn about the technology, science, engineering and research impacting our lives and changing our world. The podcast is presented by Southwest Research Institute, a nonprofit contract R&D organization developing innovative solutions for government and industry clients. Podcast host Lisa Peña is breaking through the tech jargon and talking to the scientists, engineers and researchers building the future of technology. It’s a conversation bringing tech to life and helping us understand how technology, science, engineering and research link to our daily lives.

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    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

Technology Today Podcast launched in November 2018, offering a new way to listen and learn about the technology, science, engineering and research impacting our lives and changing our world. The podcast is presented by Southwest Research Institute, a nonprofit contract R&D organization developing innovative solutions for government and industry clients. Podcast host Lisa Peña is breaking through the tech jargon and talking to the scientists, engineers and researchers building the future of technology. It’s a conversation bringing tech to life and helping us understand how technology, science, engineering and research link to our daily lives.

    Episode 47: Extreme Battery Testing

    Episode 47: Extreme Battery Testing

    Batteries are key to our way of life. They not only power up vehicles and electronics, but also medical devices, aircraft and space technology. They have to be ready for a challenge and they have to be safe. So, what happens when batteries take a beating and fail? The SwRI Energy Storage Technology Center is equipped to answer that question, taking batteries to their limits with crushing, destructive, explosive consequences to make them tougher, more resilient and safer.

    Listen now as SwRI engineers Dr. Bapiraju Surampudi and Ian Smith discuss the extremes of battery testing and research.

    • 34 min
    Episode 46: CubeSat to study Solar Particles

    Episode 46: CubeSat to study Solar Particles

    The countdown to launch is on! The CubeSat to Study Solar Particles or CuSP mission is preparing for lift off aboard NASA’s Space Launch System, the most powerful rocket ever built. The six-unit CubeSat is a micro-satellite carrying three instruments designed to measure solar particles and assess space weather. Space scientists want to learn more about conditions in space that can disrupt technology and air travel on Earth. This is SwRI’s first CubeSat mission, but not the last.

    Listen now as SwRI’s Dr. Mihir Desai, CuSP principal investigator, discusses the CuSP mission and his team’s vision to create a network of space weather stations.

    • 34 min
    Episode 45: SwRI’s 75th Anniversary: Celebrating SwRI Founder Tom Slick

    Episode 45: SwRI’s 75th Anniversary: Celebrating SwRI Founder Tom Slick

    Thomas Baker Slick, Jr., oil heir, business man, philanthropist, adventurer, author and inventor, impacted the world with his grand ideas and scientific pursuits. As we celebrate SwRI’s 75th anniversary, we remember the legendary and inspiring founder of the Institute who left a legacy of progress and innovation. Slick was known for his global vision and his desire to advance humankind. He was also known for his world travels, art collection and his expeditions in search of the mythical yeti. On this episode, his family members tell us they also knew another side of him, sharing intimate details of Tom Slick’s extraordinary life and their colorful memories of his humor and wisdom.

    Listen now as Slick’s son, Chuck, and niece, Catherine Nixon Cooke, recall the man they knew as beloved father and uncle, and discuss how he continues to change the world today.

    • 41 min
    Episode 44: COVID-19 Exposure Assessment Tool

    Episode 44: COVID-19 Exposure Assessment Tool

    A new tool can tell you if that meeting, event or family gathering will put you at risk for contracting COVID-19. The interactive tool, available now as a PDF, analyzes data such as size of the meeting space, ventilation, mask use, community spread, vaccination rates and more. Once the variables are filled in, users receive a low to very high risk assessment for a particular gathering. Our first guests from SwRI’s wholly owned subsidiary Signature Science LLC in Austin tell us how scientists are making the tool more user friendly and how it’s already working in real world scenarios.

    Listen now as Signature Science President and CEO Brian Schimmoller and Data Scientist Dr. Molly Isbell discuss the COVID-19 Exposure Assessment Tool (CEAT).

    • 32 min
    Episode 43: Detecting Pipeline Leaks

    Episode 43: Detecting Pipeline Leaks

    The oil and gas that powers our lives moves through a vast network of pipelines underground and underwater. Corrosion and damage can cause pipeline leaks. It is important to detect leaks quickly to protect people and the environment. SwRI experts develop and test cutting-edge leak detection equipment for use on and offshore, and they study the physics of leaks to ensure the technology is up to the task. Through pipeline leak detection, they are keeping our communities safe.

    Listen now as SwRI Engineer Shane Siebenaler discusses the role of pipelines in our economy, current advances in leak detection technology and the future of the industry.

    • 27 min
    Episode 42: Decarbonizing with Hydrogen

    Episode 42: Decarbonizing with Hydrogen

    On this Earth Day episode, we explore hydrogen, a cleaner energy source that could bring the planet closer to a carbon-neutral future. When used in power generation, manufacturing, transportation and other industries, hydrogen gas could pump the brakes on carbon and help lower harmful emissions. SwRI scientists and engineers are collaborating to uncover the potential and overcome the challenges of this alternative to fossil fuels. Is hydrogen the way forward?

    Listen now as SwRI Mechanical Engineer Angel Wileman discusses how industries can transition to hydrogen, what makes the gas unique, and why it is a promising solution.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Charles Sl_ck ,

Great & informative!

Really interesting interviews. Thanks!

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