Our podcast connects you to tech leaders discussing how test impacts some of the biggest challenges facing society today and in the future.
Welcome to the second season of NI’s engineering podcast, Testing 1, 2, 3. This season, we speak to engineers, experts, and those on the forefront of some of the world’s biggest inventions and possibilities to look at the world around us through the lens of testing.
In this episode, we explore the meteoric rise in space travel and exploration, and what that means for testing and the future of sending humans to space. We talk with author and founder of The Mars Generation, Astronaut Abby, about the unique challenges that come with testing for space—specifically, Mars. The conversation then shifts to Omar Mussa from Virgin Orbit, who touches upon the ethics of testing in space, and the one area where big, hairy failures happen most.
26 min audio
Before we can live in a renewable future, we have to build and test the technology that will get us there. To give us a glimpse into the future of economically storing our power and using energy efficiently, we welcome Seth Mansur, regional sales manager of Genie Solar Energy, and Peter O’Brien, vice president of sales and marketing at NH Research. We chat about the future of electric cars replacing fossil fuel, vampire energy, and the rigorous test that goes into batteries and solar panels.
26 min audio
The future of test may just be entirely digital. To walk us through the future of test in virtual reality, we meet Paul Mitchell, Chairman and President of the Indy Autonomous Challenge, and learn how Paul’s team has pioneered virtual testing for their races. Next, Dr. Will Roper, professor and former U.S. Air and Space Forces weapons chief, explains what a digital thread is and how our digital twin can help us create faster, at lower cost, and have less impact on the environment.
28 min audio
We explore how test is driving and safeguarding the tools that save lives—one patient at a time. We chat with Kipp Bradford, faculty member with the Harvard School of Engineering, and Aaron Feldstein, manager of test at Butterfly Network. Together, they discuss the explosion of innovation and how we can use test to build and test devices for our medical community, getting them into the hands of the doctors and patients who need them most.
25 min audio
If we want to truly break our dependence on fossil fuels, we’re going to need to get really wild and find power in places we haven’t even thought of. We welcome Vicky Coy, the head of innovation projects at Catapult in Glasgow, who talks about the testing of tidal power. David Poston, chief technical officer at Space Nuclear Power Corporation, breaks down what it’s really like to put nuclear reactors into space, and why good testing is just as much about doing as it is dreaming and talking.
25 min audio
As our need for mobile and wireless connectivity becomes more essential, the technology and testing around our phones also develops at breakneck speed. This week, we talk with two experts about the testing behind innovation and who is in the race to get us our data as fast as possible. Jennifer Alvarez, CEO of Aurora Insight, and Jeremy McKinney, an associate attorney with Dunlap Codding, talk about testing in a race of innovation.
24 min audio