Destin Sandlin

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Destin Sandlin
Destin sandlin.jpg
Sandlin in 2014
Born
Destin Wilson Sandlin[1]

1981 (age 37–38)
ResidenceHuntsville, Alabama
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Alabama
University of Alabama, Huntsville[1]
OccupationRocket engineer
YouTube personality
Known forEducational YouTube videos[2]
Spouse(s)Tara Sandlin
Children4

Destin Wilson Sandlin (born 1981) is an American engineer and science communicator who produces the video series Smarter Every Day[3][4] on his YouTube channel of the same name, which was launched in 2007. Sandlin also runs the YouTube channels The Sound Traveler, Smarter Every Day 2, and a podcast called No Dumb Questions with his friend Matt Whitman.[5]

In early 2016, Sandlin was one of three YouTube personalities chosen to conduct a one-on-one interview with then-president Barack Obama[6] after his final State of the Union address.[7] The interviews were sponsored by Google and were part of a White House initiative to reach millennial audiences.

Background[edit]

Sandlin has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.[1][8] While an undergraduate, he was awarded the University of Alabama's Outstanding Senior Award.[1] He also minored in Business Administration while at the University of Alabama.[9] Destin was, until late 2018, a full-time Missile Flight Test Engineer at Redstone Arsenal.[10][11] He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Alabama Huntsville advised by Kavan Hazeli.[12]

YouTube channels and podcast[edit]

Smarter Every Day[edit]

SmarterEveryDay
Websitewww.smartereveryday.com
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2006–present
GenreEducational
Subscribers7.32+ million[13]
Total views666+ million[14]
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers
Updated 8 March 2019
Sandlin at Skepticon in November 2015.

Sandlin began posting educational videos in 2007.[15] His first video to reach one million views passed that milestone on July 10, 2009.[16] The video was about chicken head tracking using chickens that Destin bought for his father as a demonstration. Because of its popularity that video retroactively had the Smarter Every Day label added to it.

Sandlin formally launched the Smarter Every Day series on Apr 24, 2011 with a video titled "Detonation vs Deflagration - Smarter Every Day 1,"[17] which became the title format for subsequent videos and the sole focus of his YouTube channel.[citation needed] Episodes of Smarter Every Day feature Sandlin as the host and narrator, and revolve around scientific exploration and discovery. Sandlin's primary interest and educational background is in flight and space, which appear frequently in his videos. Other notable topics have included the effects of hypoxia on the human brain, the Prince Rupert's drop, the physics of potato guns, and a nearly-impossible to ride bicycle whose wheel turns the opposite direction of its handle bars.[18]

The Sound Traveler[edit]

In April 2016, Sandlin started a second YouTube channel called The Sound Traveler, in which he employs 3D audio and GoPro footage to capture and convey the experience of visiting the world's most interesting places.

No Dumb Questions[edit]

In 2017, Sandlin began a podcast with his best friend from Wyoming, Matt Whitman.[5] Whitman also runs the YouTube channel The Ten Minute Bible Hour. [19]

Personal life[edit]

Sandlin lives in Huntsville, Alabama[20] with his wife Tara, two daughters, and two sons.[21] Sandlin's family often appear in his videos. Since 2012 Sandlin has supported and partnered with "Not Forgotten", a charity that cares for orphaned boys in Peru.[22]

Sandlin is a devout Christian.[23] Sandlin spoke at the 2015 Skepticon on his personal reconciliation of the search for scientific truth with his faith.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-01-07. Retrieved 2015-01-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "SmarterEveryDay". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2015-01-05.
  3. ^ "Huntsville engineer's YouTube channel, 'Smarter Every Day,' in running for best entertaining, educational videos". AL.com. Archived from the original on 2014-09-14.
  4. ^ ""Smarter Every Day" teaches science lesson by blowing things up". cbsnews.com. 25 April 2011. Archived from the original on 14 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b "No Dumb Questions". iTunes. 14 February 2017. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017.
  6. ^ Martin, Rachel (January 17, 2016). "YouTube Star Talks Space With President Obama". NPR. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016.
  7. ^ P. Claire Dodson (January 12, 2016). "Meet The YouTubers Interviewing President Obama After The State Of The Union Address". Fast Company. Archived from the original on February 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "UAH - News". uah.edu. Archived from the original on 2015-01-08.
  9. ^ "Q&A with Destin - Smarter Every Day 148".
  10. ^ "Huntsville missile engineer in YouTube spotlight for Smarter Every Day channel". AL.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-18.
  11. ^ "Test engineer making people Smarter Every Day". The Redstone Rocket.
  12. ^ "Dr. Kavan Hazeli's lab group as of December 29, 2018". Archived from the original on December 29, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "About". SocialBlade. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Videos". YouTube. Archived from the original on 3 May 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  15. ^ Sandlin, Destin. "Chicken Head Tracking - Smarter Every Day". YouTube. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  16. ^ Sandlin, Destin. "Chicken Head Tracking - Smarter Every Day". YouTube. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  17. ^ Sandlin, Destin. "Detonation vs Deflagration - Smarter Every Day 1". YouTube. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  18. ^ "The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  19. ^ Whitman, Matt. "The Ten Minute Bible Hour". YouTube. Archived from the original on 17 October 2019. Retrieved 17 October 2019.
  20. ^ 'Smarter Every Day' host Destin Sandlin to interview President Obama | Tech Alabama | waaytv.com[permanent dead link] Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  21. ^ Sandlin, Destin. "WE HAD A BABY!! - Smarter Every Day 132". YouTube. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  22. ^ Sandlin, Destin. "OPERATION LEVERAGE - Not Forgotten - Smarter Every Day 74". YouTube. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  23. ^ Belew, Duncan. "Interview with a Rocket Scientist and YouTube Science Educator". Where were you when you were twenty-four?. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  24. ^ Broaddus, Galen (1 December 2015). "Riding the Backwards Bike: A Christian at Skepticon". Patheos. Archived from the original on 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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