Engineering and Technology in Your World

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Your House as an Engineered System
Episode 2 of Everyday Engineering
In the first of four lectures on your house as a technological system, review the eight engineered subsystems that go into modern dwellings. Then discover the miracle of building codes, which ensure that every new house is safe, constructible, and reasonably economical without involving an engineer in each design.
Cellular Phone Technology
Episode 22 of Everyday Engineering
Why is cell phone service sometimes so unpredictable? Get inside the cellular network to learn how clever engineering makes a surprisingly large number of two-way conversations possible over a very narrow broadcast spectrum. Also see how the system leads to dead spots, dropped calls, and other familiar cell phone hassles.
Converging Technologies
In 1994 it would have taken about seven days to send someone a copy your holiday snaps. Now using a digital camera and email it takes about ten minutes. This fast-moving documentary takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the world of convergence. TECHNOLOGY CHANGE: In the early days computers…
Nanotechnology: The World Beyond Micro
Nanotechnology: The World Beyond Micro explores the world of nano dimensions and a growing number of engineered nanomaterials. The video looks at how the property of materials changes due to the effects of a high surface to volume ratio and quantum mechanics. Viewers are taken to industrial sites to see…
Understanding the World's Greatest Structures - Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity Course
The Giza pyramids. Brunelleschi's dome. The Brooklyn Bridge. Each of these structures is iconic. They are visited by millions of people each year because they provoke a sense of awe and wonder. They are as beautiful to behold as they are fascinating to study: just how did the engineers who…
One World Trade Center
Part of the Series: Super Skyscrapers
One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the western hemisphere and a famous modern landmark, is engineered to be the safest and strongest skyscraper ever built. This episode follows the final year of exterior construction, culminating with the milestone of reaching the symbolic height of 1,776 feet. For head…
Space Robots in Orbit and on Other Worlds
Episode 17 of Robotics Series
Find out how space missions have pushed us to the limits of what autonomous robots can do. Central to this lecture are several fascinating robots, including Robonaut 2 (a humanoid robot working on the International Space Station) and the rovers Spirit and Opportunity, who are helping us better understand the…
Solid States - Concrete in Architecture and Structural Engineering
Filmed in October 2008 at the second international conference on the changing state of materials in architecture with the participation of prominent architects and engineers, hosted by Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture. Concrete is entering a renewed era of development with worldwide implications and under radically new economic circumstances.…
Post Ductility - Metals in Architecture and Structural Engineering
Filmed in September/October 2009 at the third Columbia Conference on architecture, engineering and materials. Few concepts are as central in structural engineering as the ability of a material to sustain plastic deformation under tensile stress. The standardization of historically known deformation limits or ductile properties in most materials allows architects…
Engineered Transparency - Glass in Architecture and Structural Engineering
Filmed at an international conference of prominent architects and engineers at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture in September 2007. After its role in the last century's call to a radical new architecture and urban life, glass architecture is today more ubiquitous than ever. A highly engineered product, glass has…
Permanent Change - Plastics in Architecture and Engineering
Filmed in the spring of 2011 at the 4th Columbia conference on materials in architecture and engineering. Plastics have become the most ubiquitous and increasingly permanent materials in construction. The material capabilities of plastics both as a generic material nomenclature and as specific polymers and the processes that underlie them…
Inside A Factory I: The New Mini
How is a car manufactured? Alison Hammond, of "Big Brother" fame, goes inside BMW's factory in Oxford to provide a lively guide to the production process for its New Mini. PRODUCTION PLANNING: First comes production planning. Customers' orders are analysed by a program called "Kiss" - this is vital to…