EWOTD Archive

EWOTD Archive

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Archive of the “Engineering Word Of The Day” podcast, an informal show on engineering jargon.
breakpoint
May 28 • 4 min
Stop everything! We’ve hit a breakpoint, and things are gonna get dicey. This is Episode 65 of Engineering Word Of The Day, an informal show on favorite, fascinating, or funny words and phrases used in various engineering disciplines.
corrosion
May 22 • 4 min
If you have some metal, in a pot or a kettle, on this you can trust: over time it’ll rust. This is Episode 64 of Engineering Word Of The Day, an informal show on favorite, fascinating, or funny words and phrases used in various engineering disciplines.
TRIZ
May 7 • 6 min
If I read through a thousand invention patents, I hope I’d learn something, too. This is Episode 63 of Engineering Word Of The Day, an informal show on favorite, fascinating, or funny words and phrases used in various engineering disciplines.
hardness
Apr 23 • 3 min
If you can resist concentrated attack and damage, maybe you’ve got some engineer-level hardness. This is Episode 62 of Engineering Word Of The Day, an informal show on favorite, fascinating, or funny words and phrases used in various engineering…
camber
Apr 12 • 5 min
Cool as a cucumber curved with quite the camber. This is Episode 61 of Engineering Word Of The Day, an informal show on favorite, fascinating, or funny words and phrases used in various engineering disciplines.
tribology
Apr 2 • 4 min
Engineers who study this know how to rub you the right way. This is Episode 60 of Engineering Word Of The Day, an informal show on favorite, fascinating, or funny words and phrases used in various engineering disciplines.
Podcast preview: “Podcasting in the classroom”
Apr 1 • 1 min
Clip from “SXSW Live: Podcasting and Lesson Design”, latest episode of The K12 Engineering Education Podcast.
gigawatt
Mar 26 • 4 min
Picture this: a lightning bolt shoots out about 10 gigawatts of power. Subscribe today: www.engineeringwordoftheday.com
RTOS
Mar 26 • 5 min
Wish I handled the dishes in real time, too.
Podcast preview: What is engineering?
Mar 25 • 1 min
A preview of The K12 Engineering Education Podcast, Season 3, Episode 3: “Engineering 101”. Learn more at: www.k12engineering.net
Podcast preview: “I always wanted to help people”
Mar 16 • 1 min
A preview of The K12 Engineering Education Podcast, Season 3, Episode 2. Learn more at: www.k12engineering.net
quaternion
Mar 11 • 5 min
Quarter for your thoughts about quaternions?
poll
Feb 26 • 5 min
Let’s take a poll. Who knows what this engineering word means?
Podcast preview: “Anxiety”
Feb 25 • 1 min
A preview of The K12 Engineering Education Podcast, Season 3, Episode 1. Learn more at: www.k12engineering.net
GNU
Feb 13 • 6 min
Have you heard our GNU software engineering word of the day?
locknut
Feb 5 • 4 min
For those situations when you just can’t let go.
WYSIWYG
Jan 28 • 4 min
Why Would Somebody Insist We Yank Goats? That’s not what WYSIWYG stands for.
510(k)
Jan 22 • 6 min
Submitting a 510(k) might be like saying you’re qualified for college because your fraternal twin is already there.
poka-yoke
Jan 7 • 4 min
The delicious flavor of 0% manufacturing defect rate can come from fresh poka-yoke.
NPD
Jan 2 • 5 min
New year, new Engineering Word Of The Day. Or in this case, new acronym of the day, standing for “new product development”.
turboencabulator
Dec 12, 2017 • 3 min
As amazing as hexadiagonal flamshooter energy.
duty cycle
Dec 6, 2017 • 5 min
Not a doodie cycle, but a duty cycle.
dogfooding
Nov 28, 2017 • 3 min
Grow, make, and eat your own dogfood — I mean products.
normal
Nov 21, 2017 • 4 min
This is not normal.
upskill
Nov 13, 2017 • 4 min
Upskill your team without killing the mood.
kanban
Nov 6, 2017 • 5 min
Organize your to-do list efficiently!
LaTeX
Oct 31, 2017 • 5 min
Keep your hands clean when you write professional publications.
dross
Oct 27, 2017 • 3 min
This podcast is aiming to avoid being aural dross.
detent
Oct 27, 2017 • 5 min
Let’s have a détente over detents.
freeboard
Oct 27, 2017 • 4 min
It’s not a power ballad by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and it’s not a burrito chain. What is it? The question floods me with curiosity.
sparging
Oct 27, 2017 • 5 min
If only we could be sparging all our troubles away…
autoclave
Oct 27, 2017 • 4 min
Will your device design withstand repeated autoclaving?
CSS
Oct 27, 2017 • 3 min
Discussing a cascade of styles all over the sheets.
azeotrope
Oct 27, 2017 • 3 min
And a heliotrope used to describe a flower that turns toward the sun.
solder
Oct 24, 2017 • 3 min
Why doesn’t solder rhyme with older?
APLHGR
Oct 19, 2017 • 4 min
One who hugs apples? Or average planar linear heat generation rate?
isomer
Oct 17, 2017 • 4 min
How are isomers like ice cream?
OEM
Oct 12, 2017 • 3 min
It’s the OG OEM.
circumscribe
Oct 4, 2017 • 4 min
Trying not to talk in circles here.
circumscribe
Oct 4, 2017 • 4 min
Trying not to talk in circles here.
orthogonal
Oct 3, 2017 • 4 min
I’m orthogonal, and I’ve never felt so right.
blue sky
Sep 30, 2017 • 4 min
It’s customer-centered design versus blue sky design. Who will win?
ephemerides
Sep 26, 2017 • 5 min
When astronomical data becomes hard to pronounce.
viscoelasticity
Sep 25, 2017 • 4 min
Sia’s new music video for “Viscoelastic Heart” is pretty weird.
inclinometer
Sep 22, 2017 • 4 min
A tool for pirates navigating the oceans, and more, yarrr…
operator
Sep 20, 2017 • 4 min
Not just telephone operators, folks!
sensitivity
Sep 18, 2017 • 4 min
When you’re almost done designing something, do you start to feel very sensitive?
impedance
Sep 16, 2017 • 4 min
Don’t you dare impede my learning.
UNF
Sep 15, 2017 • 4 min
Acronyms galore! The UTC defines UNC and UNF standards in the USA. Oof.
stem cell
Sep 13, 2017 • 4 min
Both a target and a tool of biomedical engineering nowadays.
UX
Sep 12, 2017 • 4 min
Another design buzzword? Or important field? Both?
breadboard
Sep 9, 2017 • 4 min
You use it to help design devices that end up in more than your kitchen.
verification
Aug 31, 2017 • 11 min
Special guest engineer an business consultant Pat Sweet, P.Eng., joins the EWOTD podcast for another episode to talk about the important concept of “verification”. This is Part 2 of two episodes.
validation
Aug 31, 2017 • 8 min
Engineering and business consultant Pat Sweet, P.Eng., guests on today’s podcast. You can find him over at “Engineering and Leadership” on the web: http://www.engineeringandleadership.com
valence
Aug 24, 2017 • 4 min
Atomic poetry in the electron cloud model.
daemon
Aug 21, 2017 • 3 min
Is there a program called Matt Daemon that secretly translates everything you say around your computer into a Boston accent?
tappet
Aug 20, 2017 • 6 min
No, it’s not an alternative slang form of “tap that,” but it is a part that really gets us going. See Chysler’s 1950’s explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x6PIqXqLlk
brogrammer
Aug 18, 2017 • 3 min
Is being a brogrammer a good thing?
strangler
Aug 17, 2017 • 3 min
Not just a murderer, folks, as automotive engineers and technologists know.
Kelvin
Aug 15, 2017 • 2 min
Discussing this scale to measure average kinetic energy of matter.
autogyro
Aug 14, 2017 • 3 min
How is an autogyro different from a helicopter?
magic smoke
Aug 13, 2017 • 3 min
All hail and all fear the magic smoke!
revolute
Aug 12, 2017 • 3 min
Describing revolute joints.
polymorphism
Aug 9, 2017 • 3 min
Not to be confused with biological polymorphism, polymorphism in programming languages can add robustness to your engineering code.
adiabatic
Aug 8, 2017 • 3 min
Compare and contrast: “adiabatic” versus “a diabetic”?
SWE
Aug 7, 2017 • 2 min
SWE wants to “stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders,” among other goals.
eutectic
Aug 5, 2017 • 5 min
Talking about eutectic points of solid mixtures.
Wronskian
Aug 4, 2017 • 4 min
Discussing the “Wronskian” of differential equations.
brainwriting
Aug 3, 2017 • 3 min
Explaining the collaborative idea generation technique of brainwriting.
iterate
Aug 2, 2017 • 3 min
Engineering Word Of The Day: iterate