Moore's Lobby Podcast

Ep. 38 | Comedy, Shocks, and Educating EEs on YouTube with ElectroBOOM’s Mehdi Sadaghdar

Episode #38 / 42:13 / November 23, 2021 by Daniel Bogdanoff
Episode Sponsor: ROHM

Meet Mehdi and hear his story of one man's suffering in the name of electrical engineering education—and comedy.

"Want to subconsciously learn while being entertained?" says the ElectroBOOM YouTube page. "Then subscribe!!"

Mehdi Sadaghdar is well-known for several things: his YouTube videos, his habit of accidentally shocking himself in said videos, his sense of humor, his impressive unibrow. But Sadaghdar is also one of the few electrical engineer celebrities alive today and he's made a name for himself by creating electronics educational videos on YouTube.

Just as his YouTube page promises, ElectroBOOM makes over 4.8 million subscribers laugh with his particular brand of hijinks while also teaching them about concepts like current limiting and magnetic fields in BLDC motors. The result is somewhere between Bill Nye, Mythbusters, and the Marx Brothers.

In this episode of Moore's Lobby, Mehdi and Daniel chat about the role of YouTube and social media in modern engineering education, especially the idea of teaching by showing (occasionally shocking) mistakes.

Also included in this episode:

  • The story of that one time Mehdi nearly died building a Jacob's Ladder
  • Answering the question, "Is it the current or the voltage that kills you?"
  • Throwing shade at mechanical engineers
  • Rage at "free energy" products 
  • The challenges of being an introverted engineer in the limelight


A Big Thank You to This Episode's Sponsor



Meet Mehdi Sadaghdar

Mehdi Sadaghdar is an electrical engineer and educator best known for his YouTube videos on his ElectroBOOM channel. Sadaghdar was born in Iran, where he discovered his love for electronics at a young age. He attained his Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran. He later moved to Canada to get his EE Master's degree and later began his YouTube career.



The ElectroBOOM brand produces engaging videos that explore engineering concepts and is perhaps best known for Sadaghdar's slapstick comedy that demonstrates what NOT to do when creating at-home projects. His channel has over 4.8 million subscribers with hundreds of millions of views on his videos.