The Engines of Our Ingenuity

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The Engines of Our Ingenuity is a daily radio series produced jointly by KUHF-FM, Houston, TX, and the University of Houston.

The program airs nationally on many public radio stations, as well as other outlets. The series tells the story of human invention and creativity, and the people behind it, in 3-1/2 minute essays. The series is centered upon engineering/technology, but ventures freely into mathematics, science, literature, medicine, music, art and other areas. [1][2]

The Engines of Our Ingenuity website features audio from the program, as well as illustrated transcripts and technical papers.


The Engines of Our Ingenuity was first aired on January 4, 1988. It reached 2900 finished episodes in August 2013.[3]

The series was founded by John H. Lienhard, retired Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston, [4] and member of the National Academy of Engineering. [5]

The show is now done by Lienhard and a cadre of experts in several fields.[6]


Engines has received many awards including the prestigious Ralph Coats Roe Medal of ASME to Lienhard for developing the program[7] and the Ralph Coats Roe Award from the ASEE.[8]

Related reading[edit]

Lienhard has published three books that reflect the content of Engines.


  1. ^ "Official website". Retrieved 2014-01-13. [unreliable source?]
  2. ^ "The Academic Bookshelf". Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Keywords for The Engines of Our Ingenuity". Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  4. ^ "Dr. John Lienhard, M.D. Anderson Professor of Technology and Culture, Emeritus". Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Dr. John Lienhard, M.D. Anderson Professor Emeritus". Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  6. ^ "Guest Episode Writers". Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  7. ^ "Ralph Coats Roe Medal". Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  8. ^ "Ralph Coats Roe Medal". Retrieved 2014-01-15. 

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