20 Best Systems Engineering Podcasts of 2021

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Are you wanting to learn more about systems engineering ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best systems engineering podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Systems Engineering Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

The Perception & Action Podcast

  • Publisher: Rob Gray
  • Total Episodes: 360

Exploration of how psychological research can be applied to improving performance, accelerating skill acquisition and designing new technologies in sports and other high performance domains. Hosted by Rob Gray, professor of Human Systems Engineering at Arizona State University, the podcast will review basic concepts and discuss the latest research in these areas.

STRUCK: An Aerospace Engineering & Lightning Protection Show

  • Publisher: Allen Hall
  • Total Episodes: 56

The Struck Podcast dives into aerospace engineering and the safety side of the aviation industry. In this show, you’ll learn about new technology in aerospace engineering and the businesses that are driving innovation in the skies. We regularly discuss new EVTOL designs and electric tech advances. FAA designated engineering representative (DER) and lightning protection expert, Allen Hall, gives a deeper look into the intricate systems that keep aircraft safe not only from lightning but from the growing complexity of aircraft design. You’ll learn about advances in electric aircraft, avionics, lightning protection, engines, FAA regulations and much more.

Mayo Clinic Consulting Edge

  • Publisher: Management Engineering & Consulting
  • Total Episodes: 31

Working together for more than 70 years, the team of consultants within Mayo Clinic Management Engineering & Consulting collaborates across multiple disciplines to advance the practice of medicine, and to ensure an unparalleled experience for all patients. At the foundation of our work lies a rich history of systems analysis, project management, analytics and operational knowledge applied across the three shields of Mayo Clinic – Education, Research and Practice.

EWN – Engineering With Nature

  • Publisher: USACE
  • Total Episodes: 20

Over the last 10 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working on an initiative called Engineering With Nature that uses natural processes and systems to deliver a broad range of economic, environmental, and social benefits. EWN, as it is called, is developing and implementing nature-based solutions for infrastructure, engineering, and water projects. EWN brings together a growing international community of scientists, engineers, and researchers, from all kinds of disciplines to collaborate on how best to harness the power of nature to innovate, solve problems, and create sustainable solutions. This podcast tells their stories. It’s a show about innovation and collaboration. It is about combining natural and engineering systems. And it is about amazing results for infrastructure, the environment, and communities. Scientists and experts will talk about how they are transforming traditional approaches to infrastructure challenges across the US and around the world by applying the principles and practices of EWN. Sarah Thorne of Decision Partners has been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the EWN initiative for the past decade, and, through this podcast, will share stories of the people, their unique collaborations, and a broad range of projects that exemplify the principles and practices of EWN. We hope you’ll listen to the show and be inspired!

Illinois Innovators

  • Publisher: Illinois Innovators
  • Total Episodes: 56

As one of the world’s top ranked engineering programs, our students, faculty, and alumni set the standard for excellence. We drive the economy, reimagine engineering education, and bring revolutionary ideas to the world. We solve the world’s greatest challenges. We look toward the future and find ways to make it a reality. Leading the innovation of virtual reality. Designing electronic tattoos to treat seizures. Building safer global water systems. Converting algae to biofuel. Exploring fusion energy. We do the impossible every day.

Inside Skunk Works

  • Publisher: Lockheed Martin
  • Total Episodes: 15

Inside Skunk Works is back for its second season! Building on the history of the Skunk Works® shared in Season 1, this podcast uncovers our future focused innovations through first-hand accounts of test pilots, engineers and designers. Rapidly developing disruptive technologies, brainstorming out of the box solutions and engineering the future of flight – all at Skunk Works. This season, we’re diving into hypersonics, unmanned systems and conceptual design. In true Skunk Works fashion, our fast-paced culture is brought to life in our rapid prototyping episode. Join in on the conversation of how Lockheed Martin Skunk Works is providing tomorrow’s solutions – today! For exclusive content, check out our show notes at LockheedMartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at [email protected] Produced by Claire Whitfield & Theresa Hoey Artwork by Becca Smith & Francisco Silva Web Content by Kyra Betteridge

Protecting People

  • Publisher: Proofpoint
  • Total Episodes: 36

Today’s cyber attacks target people, not technology. Protecting People is a podcast focused on the human side of cybersecurity. Each episode, you’ll learn how today’s threats really work, who’s being targeted by them, and what you can do to safeguard your people, data and systems.Get real-world insight and learn about the latest trends in social engineering, malware, threat protection, cloud security and more. Protecting People is cybersecurity for the rest of us.

Vulcan Centaur: The Podcast

  • Publisher: United Launch Alliance
  • Total Episodes: 7

An unparalleled dedication to mission success and the desire to engineer limitless possibilities have inspired United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) newest rocket, Vulcan Centaur. The next-generation rocket’s flight proven design, coupled with innovative technology, is transforming the future of space launch and will advance America’s superiority in space. You’ll hear from ULA host Derek Brekken as well as: • Tory Bruno, president and CEO • Mark Peller, vice president of major development • Amanda Sterling, Vulcan Centaur program operations lead • John Reed, chief technologist • Amanda Bacchetti, upper stage integrated product team lead • Sabrina Ames, Centaur V hardware integrator and project engineer • Jeremy Ralph, trajectory design engineer • Chris Larson, systems engineering integration test lead For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or join the conversation at www.facebook.com/ulalaunch, twitter.com/ulalaunch and instagram.com/ulalaunch.

Ethics in AI

  • Publisher: Oxford University
  • Total Episodes: 15

Over the last decade, concerns about the power and danger of Artificial Intelligence have moved from the fantasy of “Terminator” to reality, and anxieties about killer robots have been joined by many others that are more immediate. Robotic systems threaten a massive disruption of employment and transport, while algorithms fuelled by machine learning on (potentially biased) “big data” increasingly play a role in life-changing decisions, whether financial, legal, or medical. More subtly, AI combines with social media to give huge potential for the manipulation of opinion and behaviour, whether to sell a product, influence financial markets, provoke divisive factionalism, or fix an election. All of this raises huge ethical questions, some fairly familiar (e.g. concerning privacy, information security, appropriate rules of automated behaviour) but many quite new (e.g. concerning algorithmic bias, transparency, and wider impacts). It is in this context that Oxford is creating an Institute for AI Ethics, to open up a broad conversation between the University’s researchers and students in the many related disciplines, including Philosophy, Computer Science, Engineering, Social Science, and Medicine (amongst others). The Ethics in AI seminars are intended to facilitate this broad conversation, exploring ethical questions in AI in a truly interdisciplinary way that brings together students and leading experts from around the University.

Computer Science

  • Publisher: Oxford University
  • Total Episodes: 6

This series is host to episodes created by the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, one of the longest-established Computer Science departments in the country. The series reflects this department’s world-class research and teaching by providing talks that encompass topics such as computational biology, quantum computing, computational linguistics, information systems, software verification, and software engineering.


  • Publisher: Tweag I/O
  • Total Episodes: 9

Hear all about functional programming in practice. We invite people working on hard industry problems to tell us how they are solving them, the tools they use, and what gets them up in the morning. Expect deep dives into Haskell, Nix, Rust, build systems, data engineering, AI, and more. We make it back to the surface too sometimes, to chat about engineering culture and the challenges of leadership in distributed teams.

Array Cafe

  • Publisher: Hadi Heidari, Hamida Hallil, Bruce Hecht, Nicole Weckman, Aisha Yousuf, Joseph Fridman
  • Total Episodes: 2

Array Cafe is a podcast about all things engineering – science, technology, and professional issues, brought to you with generous support from the IEEE Sensors Council and the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

Computer Science

  • Publisher: Oxford University
  • Total Episodes: 20

This series is host to episodes created by the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, one of the longest-established Computer Science departments in the country. The series reflects this department’s world-class research and teaching by providing talks that encompass topics such as computational biology, quantum computing, computational linguistics, information systems, software verification, and software engineering.

User Centered by Design

  • Publisher: Sunrise Labs UCD Team
  • Total Episodes: 5

How can you leverage a User-Centered Design mindset in your product development efforts? In this series by Sunrise Labs, our UCD Team talks about challenges you might face when creating a smooth user experience in MedTech. Hear our experts discuss topics related to systems-level thinking, UX/UI Design, Human Factors Engineering, Industrial Design, and more.

PSA Biztech

  • Publisher: Production Systems Automation
  • Total Episodes: 15

PSA is a privately owned national engineering and custom manufacturing firm founded in 1985, with two locations in Pennsylvania. We are experienced engineering system integrators, providing services for turn-key capital projects, controls, PLC’s, HMI’s, drives, servo systems, safety systems, OSHA compliance safety solutions, custom machinery and robotic work cells including pick and place, palletizing, machine tending and end of arm tooling.

IpX True North Podcast

  • Publisher: IpX – Institute for Process Excellence
  • Total Episodes: 9

IpX – Institute for Process Excellence is the global industrial resource for configuration & change management, systems engineering, operational excellence, digital transformation, model based enterprise, and high-performance culture training. Hear from thought leaders and experts inside and out of IpX as we share and discuss organizational strategies that effectively integrate the people, processes, systems, and data of your organization.

The Matthew Trim Podcast

  • Publisher: Matthew Trim
  • Total Episodes: 5

My name is Matthew Trim and I spent 15 years at a fortune 300 company. During this time: I was an engineer I ran production and engineering in a high speed manufacturing facility I lead strategic initiatives that were larger that most small company’s revenue I lead the quality function for North and Central America. I was the plant manager in high speed manufacturing facilityI did about everything there was on an operations side of things. Including a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and my MBA, I have learned lots over the years about business and operations. When I transferred to a smaller company, I expected to find processes and systems similar to what made the fortune 300 company successful. What I actually found was those processes and systems were fledgling or non existent. I have had a great time developing and implementing big company systems and processes into the smaller company with equal success. This podcast is about many of those steps and how to actually implement process and systems for growth and success!

The Art of Space Engineering

  • Publisher: Sarah Rogers
  • Total Episodes: 6

The Art of Space Engineering is a podcast which aims to explore the details behind how spacecraft and various payloads come together before launch, and the lessons learned along the way. Episodes feature discussions between faculty, students, and industry professionals on topics including instruments, CubeSats, and various engineering disciplines, to provide a well-rounded overview of what it takes to prepare space systems for missions both in and beyond Earth’s orbit.

Machine Learning Engineered

  • Publisher: Charlie You
  • Total Episodes: 32

This podcast helps Machine Learning Engineers become the best at what they do. Join host Charlie You every week as he talks to the brightest minds in data science, artificial intelligence, and software engineering to discover how they bring cutting edge research out of the lab and into products that people love. You’ll learn the skills, tools, and best practices you can use to build better ML systems and accelerate your career in this flourishing new field.

Nacho Time

  • Publisher: Jack Nachazel
  • Total Episodes: 7

Welcome to Nacho Time where Jack and his guests tackle philosophical topics and controversial questions. Jack has a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and currently works as a Project Engineer for a construction company in California. In his free time, he enjoys weight training, hiking, and traveling.

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