From 1999 to 2006, Prof. Hammack created a groundbreaking series of over 200 pieces for public radio that described what engineers do, why they do it and how they. His pieces appear on Illinois Public Radio, public radio's business program Marketplace, and Australia's Science Show. Wired called them "dazzling" and Scientific American's blog called him a "smart, easygoing everyman with a firm understanding of the science." This work has been collected in a book, How Engineers Create the World: The Public Radio Commentaries of Bill Hammack.
Most recently Prof. Hammack has broken new ground using new media, creating an ongoing "engineerguy" series of videos that has received millions of views. To help his engineering colleagues understand the power and promise of new media he wrote a short primer entitled Why Engineers Need to Grow a Long Tail.
Prof. Hammack has received numerous awards including First Prize at the Science OnLine Film Festival (inaugural prize, 2010) and the Science Writing Prize in Broadcast Media from The American Institute of Physics (2004).
For more information, see his website, www.EngineerGuy.com.