Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

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Bill Hammack, The Engineer Guy

Dr. Bill Hammack, the Donald and Dolores Morris Faculty Scholar and Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been entertaining and educating people since 1999.

His YouTube videos and pieces for public radio have been seen or heard millions of times around the world. Make magazine called him a “brilliant science-and-technology documentarian” whose “videos should be held up as models of how to present complex technical information visually.” Wired called them “dazzling.” Scientific American’s blog called Dr. Hammack a “smart, easygoing everyman with a firm understanding of the science.”

Hammack explains the simple and brilliant engineering behind NERF’s blaster. He uses slow motion video to show the ingenious design a soda can tab. He demonstrates how fiber optic cables work, rips up a hard drive, explains the wonder of a quartz wrist watch, solves the mystery of black boxes, blows up a light bulb filament, and explains why you always seem to be in the slowest line.

Visit Hammack’s YouTube channel.

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