Pure Genius

Lockheed Martin employee competes on Discovery Channel’s Big Brain Theory series

Corey FleischerCorey Fleischer, a senior mechanical engineer with Lockheed Martin subsidiary Applied NanoStructured Solutions (ANS) in Baltimore, is one of 10 contestants competing for a $50,000 prize on the Discovery Channel’s “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius.” Photo courtesy Discovery Channel.

The Discovery Channel’s new reality/competition show seeks to find the country’s next “Big Brain.”

It might just be Corey Fleischer, a senior mechanical engineer with Lockheed Martin subsidiary Applied NanoStructured Solutions (ANS) in Baltimore.

“The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius” debuted on May 1, and the 30-year-old Fleischer is one of 10 contestants encountering a new “seemingly impossible” engineering problem each week while competing for a $50,000 prize.

Corey’s love of design dates back to when his parents gave him a hot glue gun at age 10. During his seven years with Lockheed Martin, Corey has overcome countless design and engineering challenges.

He worked on launcher systems as an intern while completing his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. In his current role at ANS, he supports multiple projects within the Littoral Combat Ship program. And when he heard from a friend that the Discovery Channel was looking to crown the most talented engineer, he jumped at the chance.

Despite his impressive background, Corey’s experience during the competition was no walk in the park.

“I thought it would be a vacation, but it was dramatic and hard work,” he said, adding there were long hours and stiff competition.

At the same time, it was a great experience, allowing him the opportunity to take on some large-scale challenges, such as intercepting a projectile at a moment’s notice (Episode 2: Seek and Destroy).

In applying for the show, Corey submitted both a written application and short film that featured some of the cool inventions he has come up with in his spare time. He has developed a fully functioning go-kart controlled by a Nintendo Wii remote, a two-wheel drive electric bicycle, and in his college days, a motorized bar stool. He holds four patents, has another six in process and believes he’s most worthy of “Top Engineer” status.

“I already consider myself to be one of the best engineers because I work for Lockheed Martin,” Fleischer said. “That’s just a huge accomplishment in itself.”

Shot in late 2012, the show will run through the summer on the Discovery Channel Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET. You can follow Fleischer on twitter via @coreyfleischer.

Posted on May 28, 2013