Destin Sandlin

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Destin Sandlin
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Sandlin in 2014
Destin Wilson Sandlin[1]

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

Destin Wilson Sandlin (born 1981) is an American engineer and science communicator widely known for his educational video series Smarter Every Day (SED),[3][4] which is hosted on a YouTube channel of the same name launched in 2007.

Sandlin's YouTube channel garners over 6 million subscribers and over 500 million views. In early 2016, Sandlin was one of three YouTube personalities chosen to conduct a one-on-one interview with then-president Barack Obama[5] after his final State of the Union address.[6] The interviews were sponsored by Google and were part of a White House initiative to reach Millennial audiences.

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.

In February 2017 Sandlin started a podcast called No Dumb Questions, with his friend Matt Whitman, in which the two discuss an assortment of topics and cover it from different perspectives.[7]


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 Dr. Kavan Hazeli.[12]

A resident of Huntsville, Alabama,[13] Destin is married with four children (two daughters and two sons).[14] Since 2012 Sandlin has supported and partnered with 'Not Forgotten', a charity that cares for orphaned boys in Peru.[citation needed]

He credits his fascination with the scientific method and his former job as a rocket test engineer as inspiration for making educational videos.[citation needed]

Sandlin is a devout Christian.[15] Sandlin spoke at the 2015 Skepticon on his personal reconciliation of the search for scientific truth with his faith.[16]

Smarter Every Day[edit]

YouTube information
Years active2006–present
Subscribers6.3+ million[17]
Total views549+ million[18]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers
Subscriber and view counts updated as of 8 March 2019.
Sandlin at Skepticon in November 2015.

Sandlin began posting educational videos in 2007, and his first video to reach one million views cleared that milestone on July 10, 2009.[19] 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 Smarter Every Day on Apr 24, 2011 with a video titled "Detonation vs Deflagration - Smarter Every Day 1,"[20] which became the title for subsequent videos and the sole focus of his YouTube channel.[citation needed]

Episodes of Smarter Every Day revolve around scientific exploration and discovery and feature Sandlin as host and narrator. Sandlin is fascinated by flight and space, and his Smarter Every Day video library reflects that. However, his videos explore a wide array of other topics including the effects of hypoxia on the human brain, the curiously sturdy Prince Rupert's drop, the physics of potato guns, and a nearly-impossible to ride bicycle that turns the opposite direction of its handle bars.[21]

No Dumb Questions[edit]

In 2017, Sandlin began a podcast with his best friend from Wyoming, Matt Whitman.[7] This podcast brought about musical performances such as the patron enhanced version of "The Winged Hussars" by Sabaton.


  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". Archived from the original on 2014-09-14.
  4. ^ ""Smarter Every Day" teaches science lesson by blowing things up". 25 April 2011. Archived from the original on 14 September 2014.
  5. ^ Martin, Rachel (January 17, 2016). "YouTube Star Talks Space With President Obama". NPR. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b "No Dumb Questions". iTunes. 14 February 2017. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017.
  8. ^ "UAH - News". 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". 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".
  13. ^ 'Smarter Every Day' host Destin Sandlin to interview President Obama | Tech Alabama | Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  14. ^ Sandlin, Destin. "WE HAD A BABY!! - Smarter Every Day 132". YouTube. Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  15. ^ Belew, Duncan. "Interview with a Rocket Scientist and YouTube Science Educator". Where were you when you were twenty-four?. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  16. ^ Broaddus, Galen (1 December 2015). "Riding the Backwards Bike: A Christian at Skepticon". Patheos. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  17. ^ "About". SocialBlade. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Videos". YouTube. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  19. ^ Sandlin, Destin. "Chicken Head Tracking - Smarter Every Day". YouTube. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  20. ^ Sandlin, Destin. "Detonation vs Deflagration - Smarter Every Day 1". YouTube. Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  21. ^ "The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2 May 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2018.

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