Testing 1, 2, 3 Podcast Season 2

Our podcast connects you to tech leaders discussing how test impacts some of the biggest challenges facing society today and in the future.

Season 2 Overview


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.

SPACE with Astronaut Abby and Omar Mussa

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.

26 min audio

POWER with Seth Mansur and Peter O’Brien

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

VR with Paul Mitchell and Dr. Will Roper

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

HEALTH with Kipp Bradford and Aaron Feldstein

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

ENERGY with Vicky Coy and David Poston

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

SPEED with Jennifer Alvarez and Jeremy McKinney

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

DATA with Mike Tamir and Nuria Oliver

In this episode, we’re joined by two experts to talk about the revolution happening now in machine learning and data collection. First, Mike Tamir is the Head of Data Science and AI for the Susquehanna International Group. Then, Nuria Oliver is the Co-Founder and Director of the Institute of Human Centered AI. The two discuss how AI will be able to create and test products in the future, and how we can best succeed in the intersection between AI and creativity.

28 min audio

SOUND with Jim Underbrink and Kevin Seitz-Paquette

How do we make loud things soft enough and quiet things loud enough that we can hear them? We test. Jim Underbrink, a Former Boeing Technical Fellow, details some of the rigorous testing a plane goes through so we can locate and reduce the loudest sources of sound an aircraft emits. Then, Kevin Seitz-Paquette, Director of Phonak Audiology Research Center, shares some of the exciting advancements in hearing aid technology that combat hearing loss while lessening the surrounding stigmas.

29 min audio