The world we’ll be faced with tomorrow demands big ideas today.
In Jacobs’ series of interviews with some of today’s leading industry and academic problem solvers, we discuss the Ifs and Whens of disruption — those phenomena with the potential to unsettle the status quo, as well as those now imminent and emerging.
The Search: Does Alien Life Exist?
On this episode of If/When we sat down with two experts from the famed SETI Institute whose passion is listening to the stars and seeking new life - Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer. We asked Nathalie and Seth to expound on topics such as, "If intelligent life is out there, why has it been so hard for us to find any evidence of it?"; "What kinds of advances in technology will be needed to discover life among the stars?"; and "What can extreme environments on Earth teach us about the potential presence of life on other planets?" Listen to The Search: Does Alien Life Exist?.
Coastal Squeeze: Let's Loosen Things Up
As sea levels rise, coastal habitats will find it necessary to migrate landwards. But when human-made constructions such as sea walls impede their progress, the habitats are squeezed, resulting in the loss of life-sustaining environments. To lessen those impacts, scientists are developing solutions such as compensatory habitats to preserve affected sea-life. In this episode of If/When, we explore the challenge of coastal squeeze with Dr. Chrissy Mitchell, National Principal Research Scientist - Flood, Coast, Reservoirs, UK Environment Agency and Dr. Nigel Pontee, Global Practice Leader, Coastal Planning & Engineering, Jacobs. Listen to Coastal Squeeze: Let's Loosen Things Up.
Sound Judgment: Turn Down the Noise
Winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Dr. Daniel Kahneman is Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University, and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In this episode of If/When, Dr. Kahneman shared his thoughts on how to recognize cognitive noise and decrease its negative effects, as well as where emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence will potentially factor into human decision making. Listen to Sound Judgment: Turn Down the Noise.
Data Analytics: Voice in the Machine
On this episode of If/When we discuss the evolving role of the data scientist and how organizations can embrace greater confidence in the use of data and analytics in their decision-making activities, with Dr. Kirk Borne, chief science officer at DataPrime, and Michael Brown, Global Technology Lead for Predictive Analytics at Jacobs. Listen to Data Analytics: Voice in the Machine.
Technical Storytelling: Making Magic by Design
Gary Rydstrom, film director and sound designer with Skywalker Sound, has built a career of using innovation, imagination and technology to help bring to life some of the most beloved cinematic stories of the last forty years. On this episode of If/When, we discussed the lessons Gary has learned as an innovator, the role of playfulness in the creative process, and what keeps him motivated to continue delivering superior results. Listen to Technical Storytelling: Making Magic by Design.
Applied Creativity: Balancing Imagination, Technology and Technique
With a body of work that includes two dozen solo records and a resume of working with the who’s who of rock royalty, our guest’s place in the pantheon of popular music is as truly unique as the inventive sounds and songs he produces with his guitar. On this episode of If/When we had the pleasure of sitting down with the one and only Adrian Belew. Listen to Applied Creativity: Balancing Imagination, Technology and Technique.
Cyber Cities: Smart and Secure
On this episode of If/When, we’re discussing cybersecurity with an emphasis on the built environment and the infrastructure needs of smart cities with Jacobs Director – Smart Places, Telecommunications & Digital Infrastructure Dr. Rick Robinson, and Jacobs Director of Cybersecurity - People & Places Solutions Nigel Stanley. Listen to Cyber Cities: Smart and Secure.
Situational Response: Marching to a New Tune
On this episode of If/When, we discuss situational responsiveness and leadership lessons in the context of uncertainty with two very distinguished guests: General (Ret.) Stan McChrystal, founder and chief executive officer, McChrystal Group, and Jacobs Senior Vice President - Strategic Development, Critical Mission Solutions Lt. General (Ret.) Bruce Crawford. Listen to Situational Response: Marching to a New Tune.
Generative Design: If Aristotle Had a Laptop
For this episode of If/When the topic of discussion is generative design. Joining us to share their insights and expertise are Christopher Gromek, Senior Product Manager - Advanced Development in the Office of the CTO at PTC; and Kelly Bryant, Deputy Section Manager, Mechanical Design/Drafting & Manufacturing within Jacobs on the JETS contract at NASA's Johnson Pace Center. Listen to Generative Design: If Aristotle had a Laptop.
Small and Advanced Modular Reactors: A Clean Energy Solution
On this episode of If/When we explore the topic of small and advanced modular reactors and the role they play in the promotion of clean energy. Joining us are UK Research & Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Low Cost Nuclear Challenge Director Rich Deakin, and Andrew Bailey, sales and strategy lead for Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions International Technology and Innovation business. Listen to Small and Advanced Modular Reactors: A Clean Energy Solution.
Additive Manufacturing: Building on Demand
On this episode of If/When, we explore additive manufacturing with Department Head and Associate Professor, Charles Dewey McMullan Chair in Construction Science at Texas A&M UniversityDr. Patrick C. Suermann, and Jacobs Global Director Digital Delivery Solutions, Kurt Maldovan. Listen to Additive Manufacturing: Building on Demand.
PFAS: Issues and Solutions for Airports
Over the past several years, there has been a surge in regulatory interest to address the public health and environmental risks from releases of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including use of aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) for firefighting or training. This call to action has resulted in rapid development of regulations and guidance, at both the federal and state level, which are impacting the airport community. In this episode of If/When, our guests are Jacobs’ Vice President of Aviation for the Americas, Steve Pelham; Principal Hydrogeologist, Jacobs’ Aviation Environmental Lead, Bob Cipolletti; and Principal Hydrogeologist, Jacobs PFAS Global Technology Leader, Bill Diguiseppi. Listen to PFAS: Issues and Solutions for Airports.
Strategic Innovation: Going Beyond Research & Development
On this episode, we discuss the topic of strategic innovation and what differentiates it from Research & Development with Dr. Gina O’Connor, Professor of Innovation Management and Fischer Family Chaired Professor at Babson College, and Heather Wishart-Smith, Senior Vice President, Technology & Innovation at Jacobs. Listen to Strategic Innovation: Going Beyond Research & Development.
Decarbonization: Demystifying the Drive to Net Zero
In this episode of If/When, we demystify the terminology surrounding decarbonization and discuss some of the major challenges and opportunities facing the world today. Our guests include Jens Nielsen, CEO of the World Climate Foundation; Zoe Haseman, Jacobs’ Vice President for Global Sustainability; and Pete Adams, Jacobs Global Market Director for Power. Listen to Decarbonization: Demystifying the Drive to Net Zero.
Clean Drinking Water: Water We Doing for People?
It’s among the most essential components for life on the planet. And while many of us take it for granted, for others it is a daily struggle to obtain. We’re talking about clean water and what needs to be done to ensure that people around the globe have the access they need to sustain themselves. On this episode of If/When, we dive into the topic of clean drinking water with Eleanor Allen, chief executive officer, Water for People, and Dr. Russell Ford, Jacobs Drinking Water Global Solutions Director. Listen to Clean Drinking Water: Water We Doing for People?.
Biomimicry: Designing Great Solutions, Naturally
For this episode of If/When, we explored the exciting world of biomimicry and why it matters for the Built Environment, with special guests Managing Director, Biomimicry 3.8 Nicole Hagerman Miller; Jacobs Vice President – Global Market Director for the Built Environment Monte Wilson; and Jacobs Senior Consultant – Sustainability & Resiliency Chris Allen. Listen to Biomimicry: Designing Great Solutions, Naturally.
Nuclear Fusion: The Power of the Future
In this episode of If/When, we’re talking about nuclear fusion with CEO of UK Atomic Energy Authority Ian Chapman and Jacobs Critical Mission Solutions International Senior Vice President Clive White. Listen to Nuclear Fusion: The Power of the Future.
A Better Way: Delivery of Major Public Infrastructure Programs
In this episode of If/When, we look at a better way to procure, plan and deliver infrastructure that prioritizes digital innovation, off-site manufacturing technologies and a focus on whole life asset performance, with Jacobs Global Vice President of Major Programs Bryan Harvey and Jacobs Senior Vice President for Europe and Global Executive Sponsor of Digital Strategies Donald Morrison. Listen to A Better Way: Delivery of Major Public Infrastructure Programs.
Cloud Condos: Co-locating for Hyperscale
In this episode of If/When, we talked with several of Jacobs’ Data Center subject matter experts about their new design concept for Cloud Condos, which brings together the best of both Hyperscale and Colocation data center design. Listen to Cloud Condos: Co-locating for Hyperscale.
Overcoming Adversity: Going the Distance
In this episode of If/When, we spoke with Lieutenant Hugo Mitchell-Heggs of the UK Royal Navy and the Expedition Leader of HMS Oardacious and Tom Parsons, Jacobs BeyondZero Culture Manager Europe, to discuss lessons learned when faced with adversity. Listen to Overcoming Adversity: Going the Distance.
Cybersecurity: Systems, Sensors and Strategy
In this episode, we discuss cybersecurity maturity, industrial control systems, data breaches, network access control, the Internet of Things and more with Susan Howard, Director, Federal ICS Cybersecurity, Jacobs; Dean G. Hullings, Global Defense Solutions Strategist, Forescout; and Eric Conway, Technical Director, Cybersecurity, Jacobs (retired). Listen to Cybersecurity: Systems, Sensors and Strategy.
US Health Service: Post-COVID-19
In this episode, our guests Dina Salvaggio (Jacobs Principal of Healthcare Consulting, APG) and Donn Sorensen (Executive Vice President of Operations, Mercy Health Ministry) discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the American healthcare system, in such areas as workforce challenges, financial ramifications, and the evolving role of virtual medicine and technology. Listen to US Health Service: Post-COVID-19
Innovation as a Service: Incubating and Scaling Ideas
In this episode of If/When, we discuss the concept of "Innovation as a Service" with Kate Willison, Global Innovation Lead at Jacobs and Matt Stewart, Senior Business Designer, Board of Innovation and Founder, Life Sprint. Listen to Innovation as a Service: Incubating and Scaling Ideas
Nursing Home Design and COVID-19: Balancing Infection Control, Quality of Life and Resilience
In this episode of If/When, we spoke with Dr. Diana Anderson, Dr. Desmond O’Neill and Thomas Grey about the importance of the built environment for nursing homes and its impact on residents; what the COVID-19 pandemic revealed about existing challenges within nursing homes; and what an ideal environment for nursing home residents might look like going forward. Listen to Nursing Home Design and COVID-19: Balancing Infection Control, Quality of Life and Resilience
Deep Space Exploration: Proving What's Possible
In this episode of If/When, we talked with Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, President and CEO of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration, and Dr. Joy Kelly, Vice President and General Manager of the Jacobs Clear Lake Group at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. We discussed the reasons why for going to deep space, as well as some of the greatest challenges that need to be overcome. They also both reflected on their remarkable careers in aerospace, how they got started and who inspired them along the way. Listen to Deep Space Exploration: Proving What's Possible
Infectious Diseases: Emergency Preparedness and Health System Resilience
In this exclusive interview from Jacobs, If/When host Paul Thies spoke with healthcare experts Dr. Nino Kharaishvili and Dr. David Franz about a variety of topics, such as how COVID-19 compares to other epidemics and pandemics; what are the best practices for emergency preparedness; what are the most pressing challenges with regards to pandemic preparedness that are not receiving enough attention; how the current pandemic may change the way that healthcare systems respond to future pandemics; and many others. Listen to Infectious Diseases: Emergency Preparedness and Health System Resilience
Safe Buildings: Maintaining Occupant Health After Long-Term Closures
The properties that sat vacant or underutilized for months during COVID-19 shelter in place orders may experience water and air stagnation, uncontrolled humidity, and dry sanitary systems that could lead to health risks when occupants return. Listen to Safe Buildings: Maintaining Occupant Health After Long-Term Closures
Resilience: Not Business as Usual
Much of today’s world is shaped by the impact of COVID-19, and pandemic response is operationalized into everything we do moving into the future. In this episode of If/When, we're joined by Bob Pragada, president and chief operating officer of Jacobs, and Chrissy Thom, Jacobs vice president, global solutions and technology. We discussed how Jacobs is shifting its business focus, operations and reimagined solutions to thrive through the path of COVID-19’s global pandemic. Listen to Resilience: Not Business as Usual
Hydrogen Hurdles: Breaking Down Commercial Barriers to a Decarbonized Future
The broad utilization of hydrogen has potential to play an important role in our drive toward a decarbonized, sustainable future. Jacobs and Yarra Valley Water recently teamed up to deliver a thought leadership paper which asks ‘what if’ the growth of Australia’s hydrogen industry could be supported by co-located hydrogen production at wastewater treatment plants? In this episode, we discuss the unique role that water utilities could play in hydrogen production with Simon Prunster, Energy & Emissions Specialist at Yarra Valley Water; Michelle Freund, Senior Economist at Jacobs; and Henry Swisher, Energy Markets Consultant at Jacobs. Listen to Hydrogen Hurdles: Breaking Down Commercial Barriers to a Decarbonized Future
Data Privacy: Who's Watching You?
In this episode of If/When, we discussed data privacy with data privacy expert Michelle Dennedy, who has served as a chief privacy officer at Cisco, McAfee and Sun Microsystems, and Darrell Collett, Global Privacy Officer and Senior Counsel at Jacobs. In the episode that follows, we discussed the current pace of privacy regulation post-GDPR, what are some of the most pressing privacy concerns that business leaders need to be aware of today, and how the pandemic has impacted the data privacy landscape. Listen to Data Privacy: Who's Watching You?
Sustainable Urban Development: Creating Better Places to Live
According to a UN World Cities report, globally by 2030 it is projected that there will be 706 cities with at least one million residents; and there will be 43 megacities (which are cities with over 10 million people). As life in urban environments continues to grow, what can be done so they are well positioned to allow people to thrive while also ensuring maximum care for environmental concerns? In this episode of If/When, we talked with Kari Eik - Secretary General, Organization for International Economic Relations and Leader, United 4 Smart Sustainable Cities Implementation Program, and Kate Kenny – Jacobs’ Head of Sector - Cities and Places, Europe. Listen to Sustainable Urban Development: Creating Better Places to Live
Contact Tracing: Safety, Security and Privacy
With the emergence of the Covid pandemic and the disruption that has followed, organizations have needed to be agile in how they respond. One way that Jacobs is taking action to the crisis is through the innovative evolution of its ion Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform to serve as a worksite contact tracing application. Listen to Contact Tracing: Safety, Security and Privacy
Connected Communities: When the City Speaks
What are the most pressing problems that can be solved by a city evolving into a “connected community”? What are the public and private sector roles in supporting such communities? And who are some of the cities that are leading the way in terms of leveraging technology and best practices? In this episode of If/When we discuss the present state and near future of connected communities with Mrinalini "Lani" Ingram, the recent president and CEO of Verizon’s Smart Communities program, and Dr. Rick Robinson, Director of Smart Places, Digital Infrastructure and Telecommunications for Jacobs. Listen to Connected Communities: When the City Speaks
Blockchain: Equalizing Access to Information
In this episode of If/When, our guests are Dr. Shermin Voshmgir, founder of BlockchainHub and Thomas Wendling, Jacobs community of practice leader for distributed ledger technology. We discussed how smart contracts, distributed ledgers and tokens are being used in the engineering, architecture and construction industries; what business and technology leaders should consider when investing in blockchain technology; and more. Listen to Blockchain: Equalizing Access to Information
Robotics: Creating Humanity's Mirror
With today’s advances in technology, the concept of artificial people has taken enormous steps forward in appearance and ability. Some notable and celebrated creations include Sophia, Hanson robotics’ media sensation who has been featured on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and the cover of Elle magazine, to Valkyrie, NASA’s imposing 6 foot 2 inch tall humanoid who looks like she could star in her own Star Wars spin-off. In this episode of If/When we spoke with Dr. David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics and Drew Watson, JETS Valkyrie Software Lead for Jacobs. Listen to Robotics: Creating Humanity's Mirror
Organizational Innovation: Crisis, Culture, Commitment and Change
Many of the things that are born of innovation occurred during a time of crisis. While individual crises may change over time, crisis itself looms ever present, and one of the best antidotes is to be ready with an innovator’s mindset to meet the challenge head on. To discuss what organizations can do to fully leverage the power of innovation, we spoke with Georgette Kiser, operating executive for the Carlyle Group and Jacobs board member, and Heather Wishart-Smith, Jacobs senior vice president of technology and innovation. Listen to Organizational Innovation: Crisis, Culture, Commitment and Change
Applied Geospatial Science: The Science of Where
In the modern era, with our burgeoning technologies, we’re still discovering (or in some cases, “undiscovering”) new terrestrial frontiers. And data is at the forefront of that exploration. In this episode of If/When, we discuss applied geospatial science with Dr. Michael Goodchild, Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Clare Bullock, Director of Geospatial and Visualization at Jacobs. Listen to Applied Geospatial Science: The Science of Where
Cybersecurity: The Benefits of Organizational Maturity
If you’re a large organization, you’re a lucrative target for cyber criminals, as well as at risk for regulatory fines and class action lawsuits. What can you do? In this episode of If/When we will be discussing cybersecurity with Michael Morgan, Partner in the Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice at McDermott Will & Emery, and Susan Howard, Director of Federal Industrial Controls Systems (ICS) cybersecurity at Jacobs. Listen to Cybersecurity: The Benefits of Organizational Maturity
Automated Design: Sketching Out the Future of Design
In this episode of If/When, we discuss AI and automated design with Matt Walton, Oracle's former Chief Design Officer for Artificial and Adaptive Intelligence, and Natasha Luthra, Director of Emerging Technologies at Jacobs. Listen to Automated Design: Sketching Out the Future of Design
Digital Imaging: Seeing Things More Clearly
In this episode of If/When, we will be discussing advancements in digital imaging with Paul Reed Smith, Managing General Partner of Paul Reed Smith Guitars and founder and manager of Digital Harmonic; Mason Baron, chief technology officer at Digital Harmonic; Dr. Lisa Vanderbloemen, recently Jacobs’ Manager of the Exploration Science/Earth Science & Remote Sensing Unit; and Sarah Deitrick, Lunar Geoscientist and Simulant Specialist for Jacobs. Listen to Digital Imaging: Seeing Things More Clearly
Aviation, Transportation and COVID-19: How Do We Move Forward?
What happens when a multi-trillion-dollar industry meets a global health crisis that grinds it to a halt? And when things start returning to "normal" – assuming that they do – what does that industry look like next? In this episode, we look at the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation and public transportation industries, featuring insights from Kevin Slack, Global Vice President, Transportation, and Andrew Gibson, Global Solutions Director - Aviation. Listen to Aviation, Transportation and COVID-19: How Do We Move Forward?
Pandemic in the Pacific: Lessons from Across the Tasman Sea
We speak with Mark Newsome, director for HealthSolve Limited in New Zealand, and Matthew Holmes, Jacobs global director for Healthcare. Mark and Matthew shared their insights on trends and directions in health service delivery, with a view towards what we can learn from the COVID-19 experience. Listen to Pandemic in the Pacific: Lessons from Across the Tasman Sea
Mobility & Future Cities: The Direction Ahead
At the end of October, the United Nations has a designated World Cities Day in which they ask the international community to promote discussion and exploration on the topic of the urban environment. For 2019, the theme selected by the UN was Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations. We discuss the future of cities with Professor Michael Keith, co-Director of the Oxford University Programme for the Future of Cities and Brian Burkhard, the Global Technology Leader - Advanced Mobility Systems at Jacobs. Listen to Mobility & Future Cities: The Direction Ahead
AI & Data Analytics: The Zeitgeist of Development
Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and predictive analytics are dominating today’s business headlines and are ushering in a multitude of strategic changes to a variety of industries. Organizations of all sizes are directing massive resources of time, money and intellectual capital into AI development in a bid to realize market-leading leaps forward in technological capabilities. But where is the zeitgeist that is artificial intelligence development headed? We discuss artificial intelligence and data analytics with Stratos Davlos, the chief technology officer for AI firm Innoplexus and Reuben Maher, Global Director and Data Analytics Lead at Jacobs. Listen to AI & Data Analytics: The Zeitgeist of Development
Digital Twins: The Imagery of Imitation
A new kind of twin is emerging on the landscape and helping to shape the cities of tomorrow. Called digital twins, these technological marvels seek to create extremely accurate virtual replicas of objects in the real world. And the application of digital twin technology is finding its way into a variety of sectors, including healthcare and manufacturing. We discuss digital twins with Dr. Jonathan Reichental, founder and CEO of Human Future and Dr. Raja Kadiyala, Jacobs global director for Digital Solutions and the Jacobs Connected Enterprise. Listen to Digital Twins: The Imagery of Imitation