ASME TechCast

ASME TechCast
Bringing you the innovators, the innovations, the issues and topics that are advancing engineering.

The Unknown Strengths of Fluid Power
Sep 23 • 12 min
The term “fluid power” was adopted more than sixty years ago to describe hydraulic and pneumatic systems for transmitting power. Often, engineers learn about mechanical and electric power transmission as part of their formal education. Unfortunately, most…
Engineers Make Microscopic Robots Walk
Sep 10 • 16 min
A collaboration between Cornell and Penn Engineering has resulted in the first microscopic robots that incorporate semiconductor components, allowing them to be controlled—and made to walk—with standard electronic signals. In future, these microbots could…
Is There an Alternative to China?
Aug 21 • 9 min
Chinese factories produce a huge chunk of the world’s manufactured goods. Recently, global companies have begun to reconsider their dependence on China. Some have looked at bringing critical manufacturing to the United States, while others have set up…
Ergonomic Tools for Manufacturing
Aug 5 • 10 min
NASA recently recognized Robo-Glove, a soft robotic exoskeleton for the hand, as its commercial invention of the year. Its original application was meant to assist astronauts by making it easier to perform simple tasks that become more cumbersome in…
Lely’s Chad Huyser on Automation Innovation in Dairy Farming
Jul 29 • 18 min
Chad Huyser is the regional director and North America president of Lely International. Lely was founded in the Netherlands and, for over the last 70 years, has introduced new mechanized methods to help eliminate redundant processes or labor requirements…
Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo on Sparking STEM Curiosity
Jul 8 • 21 min
The Chief Executive Officer at Girl Scouts of the USA, Sylvia Acevedo, is a woman engineer, rocket scientist, author, entrepreneur, and more. Since becoming the CEO, she has led the organization’s largest rollout of 125 new Girl Scout badges that include…
Simplifying Nonmetallic Pressure Piping Systems
Jun 23 • 12 min
Metal pipes have dominated the pressure piping market for decades. Today, however, innovations in material science have resulted in companies considering plastic pipes that can support high pressures and temperatures. Many companies have started to shift…
The Future of IoT and STEM with IBM’s Lisa Seacat DeLuca
Jun 11 • 14 min
Lisa Seacat DeLuca is a Distinguished Engineer and the director of IBM Watson’s Internet of Things division and one of their most prolific inventors, with more than 500 patents to her name. In this episode, she discusses the future of IBM’s IoT goals, how…
Building Resilience into the Electrical Grid
May 26 • 12 min
For decades, utilities have been concerned with reliability, which is a measure of how well the grid can avoid short-term blackouts. But resilience goes deeper and covers multiple, intersecting factors. It’s not just preparing to recover from devastating…
Designing Next-Generation Bionic Limbs
May 7 • 12 min
Mechanical Engineer Matt Carney, who recently completed his PhD at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, works at the MIT Media Lab Biomechatronics Group, where he designs and builds personalized bionic limbs. In this podcast, Carney discusses his…
Digital Solutions During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Apr 26 • 18 min
Engineers are being forced to work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To help these engineers as they transition to the home environment, Siemens Digital Industries Software is looking to provide manufacturing solutions for those engineers working at…
Fast-Charging Batteries Depend on Nanotechnology
Apr 16 • 9 min
Durable, fast-charging batteries are essential to the development of electric vehicles and evolution of the smart grid. StoreDot CEO Doron Myersdorf talks about the breakthrough in battery technology, eliminating carbon and using nano and other materials…
Ventilation System to Prevent Virus Spread
Mar 27 • 14 min
With no vaccine expected for Covid-19 anytime soon, preventing its spread could be as important as treating it. In this special edition of ASME TechCast, Managing Editor Chitra Sethi speaks with Professor Qingyan Chen, the James G. Dwyer Professor of…
Moving Toward 4D Printing
Mar 23 • 6 min
Antleron nv is a Belgian life sciences firm building a living therapy factory designed to bring biomedical solutions to eventual commercialization. Most 4D materials and applications are still in research and development labs. CEO Jan Schrooten talks with…
Hannover Messe 2020 Preview: What to Expect
Mar 13 • 6 min
This year’s Hannover Messe, arguably the world’s most important industrial trade show, has been postponed due the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. Now scheduled to take place on July 13 through 17, Hannover Messe will welcome hundreds of thousands of…
Building Energy Resiliency in the Caribbean
Feb 28 • 8 min
The Caribbean island of Bonaire is an idyllic vacation spot, but its power generation and grid system was unreliable. When ContourGlobal bought the energy assets it knew the system had to be reworked. The result was a 24-MW system using wind and solar,…
Siemens CEO Barbara Humpton on What’s Humanly Possible
Feb 20 • 21 min
From clean energy and climate action to good health and quality education, Siemens has been at the forefront of supporting and advancing United Nation’s sustainable development goals for 2030. In this episode of ASME TechCast, Barbara Humpton, CEO of…
Skills You Will Need for Aerospace Careers of Future
Jan 31 • 7 min
When it comes to digital transformation, the aerospace industry is pursuing model-based engineering, digital twins, simulations, and agile methods for design and manufacturing. Raytheon Missile Systems, the industry’s giant, is also adopting these…
Connecting Cars with Smart Cities
Jan 17 • 10 min
Smart cars work through sensors and technology that give the driver safety and road information. Eventually those IoT systems will connect to other vehicles, leading to the development of an overall traffic monitoring system—a building block of smart…
How Engineers Can Help Fight Climate Change
Jan 6 • 18 min
Climate scientists see a clear relation between global warming and extreme weather events such as the catastrophic Australian bushfires that have devastated New South Wales and surrounding areas for months. What will have to happen before the society…
Top 5 Emerging Technologies of 2019
Nov 21, 2019 • 17 min
Each episode of ASME TechCast brings you the innovators, the innovations, and the issues that are advancing engineering. This episode, perhaps the most quintessential ASME TechCast, presents you the top innovators in bioengineering, robotics, clean…
Exploring Space and Inspiring Future Explorers
Oct 31, 2019 • 10 min
Lockheed Martin’s Danielle Richey has a very exciting job: She’s working on sending humans out to the Moon and to Mars. She is also very engaged in inspiring and mentoring young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. John Falcioni, editor-in-chief of…
John Browne on Engineering
Oct 14, 2019 • 9 min
John Browne, former CEO of BP and chairman of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, discusses his new book, Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilisation.
Engineering the Future of Fashion
Oct 1, 2019 • 15 min
Stephanie Depalma, AddWorks Lead Design Engineer at GE Additive, and Eric Utley, Protolabs Application Specialist Engineer, talk about the collaboration with Zac Posen, the famous fashion designer and founder of the House of Z, and how exactly does one…
Hardhats and Holograms
Sep 16, 2019 • 11 min
Trimble’s mixed reality manager Jordan Lawver talks about partnering with Hololens to bring augmented reality to workers with a hardhat that lays drawings over the physical jobsite.
Targeting Breast Cancer
Sep 9, 2019 • 9 min
Engineers and pathologists won a challenge to develop an automated method to detect breast cancer cells by training an algorithm used for automotive and defense applications. David Chambers talks about the collaboration and the challenge.
Robert Langer: Edison of Medicine
Sep 8, 2019 • 6 min
He’s described as the Edison of Medicine, whose inventions have saved or improved lives of more than two billion people. His laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the largest biomedical engineering lab in the world. He was awarded…
Advances in Low-Cost Energy Generation
Sep 7, 2019 • 6 min
Aaron McClung is leading the Southwest Research Institute’s work into proving supercritical carbon dioxide technology with a $119-million, 10-MW pilot plant being built on SwRI’s Texas campus. In this episode, he talks about the pilot plant and the…
The Past, Present, and Future of the Robotics Market
Sep 6, 2019 • 9 min
In this episode of ASME TechCast, Bob Doyle, VP of the Robotics Industries Association, discusses the robotics market and how robots are changing the manufacturing landscape.
Going Back to the Moon
Sep 5, 2019 • 11 min
Fifty years after humans first set foot on the Moon, Astrobotic is one of the companies selected by NASA to go back to the Moon to carry payloads and instruments and set the stage to potentially colonize the planet. Mechanical Engineering magazine…
Engineering the Apollo 11 Lunar Module
Sep 4, 2019 • 10 min
Thousands of engineers worked on the Apollo program. In this episode of ASME Tech Cast, we listen to some of those engineers and technologists as they recount the emotion, excitement, and triumph of building the Apollo 11 lunar module.
Bill Nye the Science Guy on STEM, Feeding the World, and Things that Scare Him
Aug 9, 2019 • 7 min
William Sanford Nye, also known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, talks with John Falcioni on ASME TechCast about the need for diversity in STEM, feeding the world, and the technology that scares him.
Breakthrough Could Bring New Cancer Treatment
Aug 8, 2019 • 12 min
Stanford mechanical engineer Ovijit Chaudhuri talks with Jeff O’Heir on ASME TechCast about breakthrough research that could lead to new treatments for cancer.
How a Young Engineer Helped A Wounded Marine
Aug 7, 2019 • 7 min
Learn how high-school senior Ashley Kimbel built a special prosthetic foot for a wounded U.S. Marine.
The Benefits and Challenges of Developing Solar Farms and Grids
Aug 6, 2019 • 13 min
Listen to ASME TechCast to hear about the challenges and benefits of creating solar farms and other sources of renewable energy in big cities and rural environments.
MIT’s New Head of Mechanical Engineering, Evelyn Wang, on the Future of Education and Grand Challenges
Aug 5, 2019 • 15 min
This week we speak with Evelyn Wang, who was recently named the head of MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. We talk about some of the new educational models and grand research challenges she’s implementing into the curriculum.
The New World of Biomaterials Opens Opportunities for Engineers
Aug 4, 2019 • 20 min
Entrepreneurial engineer Robert Giasolli, founder, CTO, and vice president of R&D for Cagent Vascular, speaks with Jeff O’Heir, ASME’s senior content manager, about his work to improve communications between engineers and doctors in emergency rooms.
How Engineers Close Communication Gaps with New Colleagues
Aug 3, 2019 • 18 min
Featuring entrepreneurial engineer Robert Giasolli of Cagent Vascular.
Building the Case for a Diversified Engineering Workforce
Aug 2, 2019 • 11 min
Featuring Roma Agrawal, engineer and author of “Built: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Structures”. Hosted by Jeff O’Heir,’s Senior Content Manager, and Chitra Sethi, Managing Editor of Mechanical Engineering Magazine.