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Jacobs’ Catriona Schmolke Awarded Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship  
Published October 24, 2016

Catriona Schmolke has been named Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in the United Kingdom. Schmolke has been recognized by the RAEng for her contribution to bringing sustainable values to engineering. The RAEng Fellowship represents many of the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders. Election to the RAEng is by invitation only; about 50 fellows are elected each year by peer review from nominations made by existing fellows.

A chartered engineer and applied geologist with a master’s degree in mine water pollution and remediation, Schmolke’s career at Jacobs spans 28 years. She was appointed to the role of senior vice president of Global Health, Safety, Environment (HSE) and Security earlier this year. Throughout her career, Schmolke has focused primarily on project delivery work across a variety of sectors including mining, nuclear, pharmaceutical, utilities, infrastructure and defense. She has held several operational leadership positions and was part of Jacobs’ global sales team for five years. One of her many achievements is establishing a multidisciplinary consultancy capability within the company to provide a platform to identify environmental benefits, drive innovation, improve operational efficiency, and respond to opportunities to bring sustainable principles into everyday engineered solutions.

Schmolke has also been a role model for many female professionals and she enjoys mentoring others in their careers. She passionately promotes the importance of diversity and inclusion as a key enabler of successful project delivery.  As a Jacobs STEM Ambassador she works with many school age children to encourage the next generation of engineers.

Commenting on her fellowship, Schmolke said, “It is a great honor and privilege to be recognized by the Royal Academy of Engineers. There are so many ways engineering positively shapes the world we live in. Throughout my career I’ve had tremendous opportunities to develop skills and learning which have underpinned my professional and personal journey. At Jacobs, we enjoy working at each challenge until it’s solved, or finding ways to improve an outcome. We also have a responsibility to develop the next generation of talent in engineering, and I take great satisfaction in seeing those that I am supporting grow in their career and realize their potential.”

President of the RAEng, Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS said, “For 40 years the academy has gathered the wisdom, ingenuity and expertise of the nation’s finest engineers to advance and promote excellence in the profession. I am delighted to welcome to our fellowship 50 more of today’s very best engineering minds. From life-changing equipment revolutionizing our hospitals, to new tools that are enabling high-tech businesses to flourish, their work has delivered great value to society. We are very much looking forward to working with all our new fellows as we continue to make the U.K. a leading nation for engineering innovation.”



Jacobs’ Transportation Professionals Honoured in the CIHT Awards for Third Consecutive Year  
Published October 11, 2016

Ed Downer, one our transport planners, has been named the 2016 recipient of The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation's (CIHT) Young Professional of the Year. Held in London, U.K., the 11th annual CIHT Awards recognised the outstanding achievements and best practice of those working in the sector.

Ed Downer was nominated by CIHT North West in recognition of his contributions to CIHT across the North of England. Ed has been an active member of CIHT since his early career, initially joining the Institution’s North Eastern branch in 2007, before moving to the North Western region in 2013. He has represented younger members of the industry at branch committee level and established the first Young Professionals Group in the region. Joining Jacobs in 2007, Ed has developed his role as a graduate mentor, training co-ordinator and technical lead in areas like traffic modelling and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) packages.

Jacobs Senior Vice President Buildings and Infrastructure Bob Duff stated, “This is the third consecutive year that one of our transport planners has earned ‘CIHT Young Professional of the Year’ – I’m delighted with the exceptional achievements of our people. Ed is making a fantastic contribution to promoting the industry and encouraging young professionals to use the support network available to grow their knowledge and competencies.”

Sue Percy, CIHT Chief Executive, said, “We are delighted that Ed Downer is the worthy winner of the CIHT Young Professional Award 2016. Ed is a valuable member of CIHT and has made important contributions in both the North East and North West. This award recognises Ed’s dedication to furthering and promoting the industry across the North of England, providing a high-quality roadmap to success for young professionals wishing to pursue a career in the industry.

“Ed is the third Transport Planner from Jacobs to win this Award in recent years (2014 winner - Emily White, CIHT South East and 2015 winner - Peter Hibbert, CIHT Yorkshire and the Humber). CIHT would like to recognise and celebrate the role that Jacobs has played in supporting their employees to develop professionally whilst also allowing them time to be involved in the work of CIHT. The Institution has an important role to play in promoting and supporting the profession and those working within it but this would not be possible without the work of dedicated volunteers, like Ed, who give up their time to support CIHT.”



 Jacobs’ Transportation Professionals Honoured in the CIHT Awards for Third Consecutive Year   
Image: CIHT Awards, from left: Dr. Sue Sharland CIHT President and Mick McCarry of Balfour Beatty presenting the award to Jacobs’ Ed Downer (far right). 
Jacobs Enhances UK Graduate Development Programme  
Published September 27, 2016

Jacobs has made several enhancements to its U.K. Graduate Development Programme (GDP), providing graduates with greater opportunities to gain valuable experience, build relevant competencies and enhance the personal qualities that are important for developing successful, rewarding careers. Jacobs’ industry leading UK GDP, now in its 25th year, has seen more than 1200 graduates complete the programme in the last decade.

The updated programme can now be completed in two years, with flexibility to add activities after this period, giving participants the potential for exposure to a broader range of work experiences and competencies. The programme is transferable between projects across the diverse industry sectors Jacobs serves and is aligned with relevant professional institutions to support progression towards chartership.

Jacobs Regional Lead Learning & Development Sally Fern-Deans said, “At Jacobs, we recruit highly qualified graduates across a wide range of disciplines and nurture their development to foster long-term career opportunities with us. Our U.K. Graduate Development Programme provides our graduates with a strong framework to establish themselves as knowledgeable and competent in the key functions and disciplines we need. They’re able to build valuable expertise and technical capability on important client projects within the U.K. and around the world.”

Commenting on the value of the programme, Jacobs Business Management Intern Jo Jeffreys said, “The learning and development opportunities at Jacobs have been invaluable in shaping my career path. Initially, I worked on several projects as a geo-environmental scientist in utilities and transportation. I was then selected to pilot a business management and sales placement within Jacobs’ Sustainable Solutions group, where I’ve gained meaningful insight into aspects such as business communications, business development, creative design and project delivery.

“I successfully co-founded a small regional Jacobs Future Network chapter, which today reaches out to 270 young professionals across the North West of England. Three years on, I now co-chair the entire Jacobs Future Network in the U.K. and Ireland, which connects people with up to five years of workplace experience with colleagues locally, regionally and throughout the world.”

Jacobs Graduate Transport Planner Pramod Dahal added, “When I was studying at university, I knew I wanted to join a company where I could get involved in challenging and extremely diverse projects; potentially projects I could one day say with pride I was involved with. Jacobs provides these opportunities to learn and grow in your career.”



Jacobs to sponsor 2016 National Road Safety Conference in UK  
Published September 22, 2016

Jacobs is co-sponsoring the 2016 National Road Safety Conference, organised by Road Safety GB and being held in Bristol, United Kingdom.

The conference will comprise presentations from more than 40 speakers across a wide range of road safety related topics, including road user psychology; public health & road safety; speed management; and driving behaviour change.

Jeremy Phillips, Road Safety GB director of research and chair of the 2016 National Conference committee, said: “We are thrilled to have Jacobs on board as partners for the 2016 conference and hope this will form the beginning of a long-term relationship between our two like-minded organisations.

“Jacobs has a global reputation for excellence and a significant proportion of its work in the UK relates to road safety. Their involvement in the National Road Safety Conference can only enhance the event, and will help forge even closer ties with road safety officers across the UK.”

Vip Gandhi, Jacobs’ Vice President UK Buildings & Infrastructure, said: “Jacobs' focus on road safety permeates all aspects of our business, so we are delighted to support the National Road Safety Conference. It fits well with our BeyondZero® culture of caring, which compels our employees to actively assess risks, be vigilant about all aspects of safety including road use and driving, and to take this mindset beyond the workplace into our personal lives and our communities.

“Our highways and traffic experts help to deliver safe transport infrastructure and efficient traffic management systems. Through our capability in traffic engineering, highway design, speed management, operational and road safety, and other services, we’re able to help our transportation clients better define the road environment and improve the road user experience.”



First Lady Michelle Obama Plants Space-Age Seeds Prepared by NASA/Jacobs at White House  
Published September 12, 2016

Space-age plant seeds prepared by Jacobs and NASA research scientists at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) were planted in the White House garden by First Lady Michelle Obama earlier this year.

The seedlings were from the same lot of cabbage seeds for the Veg-03 plant experiment—the third crop of plants to be grown in the station's Vegetable Production System (Veggie)—bound for the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX-8, which launched in April from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The seeds are a variety of Chinese cabbage called Tokyo Bekana.

Jacobs’ Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) team played a key role in processing the Veggie experiments at KSC. Members of the ISS Utilization Processing team in the Space Station Processing Facility provided science labs for testing, lab equipment, and growth chambers for verification testing. They also coordinated with the principle investigators for pre-flight and post-flight processing requirements and ground control testing in the ISS environmental simulator growth chambers.

The Veggie experiment aims to provide the crew with fresh food and help boost morale. Experiments like Veggie have psychological benefits, since gardening can be a relaxing and social activity that can help unify the crew. Gardening can also help crew members feel connected to Earth, something they will miss on long duration missions.

Michelle Obama planted batches of the Chinese cabbage seeds, as well as red romaine lettuce (a previous space station crop) in the White House garden. The First Lady was joined by a group of students from across the country, as well as Gioia Massa, the science team lead for the Veg-03 experiment; NASA astronaut Cady Coleman; and NASA Associate Administrator Dava Newman.



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Engineering Legacies  
Published July 18, 2016

This month Pacific Rim Construction magazine includes a cover story on how Jacobs’ global transportation and infrastructure capability supports strategically important projects for clients like Heathrow Airport Limited, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and Crossrail. The story includes a special focus on Jacobs’ growth in Hong Kong and how we bring opportunities for innovation and collaboration into the region.

“We believe the best way for our business to succeed is to deliver long-term success for our people, our clients, our shareholders, and the countries and

communities where we work,” says Jacobs President Buildings and Infrastructure Bob Pragada.

“Our global perspective and market diversity allows us to bring opportunities for innovation and collaboration into those projects and regions where our clients need us.”



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Jacobs Earns Silver Award for UK Armed Forces Support  
Published July 18, 2016

Jacobs received an award from the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) for its support and commitment to the U.K. Armed Forces. The award is part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), which recognizes organizations that demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and have values aligned with the U.K. Armed Forces Covenant.

Jacobs has supported the MOD for more than 30 years and has a close appreciation for the contribution our servicemen and women make to the U.K.’s defence and security. Jacobs employs many veterans and reservists across its global business and has a number of initiatives in place to support the U.K. Armed Forces community. These include supporting employees’ annual reservist training and commitments, reservist forums to share experiences, and providing support to the Royal Engineers through secondment opportunities, seminars, and career advice. The company also organizes recruiting activities specifically for veterans, and works with the U.K. Officers Association and Career Transition Partnership to build a talent pipeline and encourage early service leavers to participate in its internal apprenticeship programs.

Brigadier (Retd) Martin Boswell (late Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers) joined Jacobs in 2014 and works in the company’s U.K. Defence team. “From my own experience Jacobs offers excellent opportunities for defence service personnel,” he said. “The breadth of meaningful work means these personnel can make lasting contributions as they develop and grow a second career.

“Jacobs has very similar values to the Services, and this can help service people as they transition. Both Jacobs and the Services appreciate the importance of developing and sustaining strong relationships; investing time, working to truly understand each individual, retaining that accumulated knowledge and passing it forward, and adding value every time.”

Lt. Col. Bruce Snelling (Royal Engineers), a project manager with Jacobs’ Global Aviation team adds, “As a reservist of 16 years with Jacobs, I’ve valued the company’s support and flexibility towards my annual training and mobilisation. The values and breadth of skills and experience I have acquired as a reservist have benefited my civilian career at Jacobs.”



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Jacobs Celebrates UK National Women in Engineering Day 2016  
Published June 22, 2016

Jacobs is celebrating UK National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) with events throughout the United Kingdom organized by Jacobs’ UK and Ireland Women’s Network, designed to share experiences, broaden access to opportunities and inspire the talent of the future. Webinar speakers include Jacobs Senior Vice President, Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Security Catriona Schmolke, who shares useful tips for handling career hurdles. Jacobs Regional Executive Director of Performance and Quality Management Jack Gritt explores the importance of emotional intelligence, why you need it to succeed and how to assess your own.  

With 30 years’ experience in the nuclear industry, Jack has held a number of positions across executive, operations, program and project management, safety case management and performance and quality.  

“My route into the nuclear industry was unusual,” Jack says. “Although I was academically very talented at school, I had no great aspirations or direction in terms of a career. After a series of ‘trial’ jobs, I tried a temporary position at the local nuclear power station. Although the early days were challenging, the job turned out to be an inspired decision. I fell in love with nuclear engineering. I spent my break times reading books on nuclear engineering and reactor physics, and watched and learned about the operations of the plant. My physics/chemistry HNC and BSc degree in pure mathematics unlocked more options for me.  

“As my career progressed I held a variety of senior roles, all of which taught me new skills and expanded my horizons. Through a variety of rewarding roles, I’ve met some remarkable people along the way,” she said.  

On her role as vice chair of Women in Nuclear UK (WiN), Jack says, “The early years of my career really shaped my passion for encouraging people in the nuclear industry, especially women. Being part of a global company, it's fascinating to meet and work with people who have such a variety of backgrounds, talents, skills and experiences. WiN's focus is about attracting new talent into the industry and supporting the career progression of women already in the industry.”  

NWED was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in 2014 to encourage more girls to consider engineering as a career. Promoting engineering among girls not only creates more diversity where less than 10 percent of the engineering workforce is women, it also helps address the predicted skills gap in this sector.  



 Jacobs Celebrates UK National Women in Engineering Day 2016
Jacobs Donates $50,000 for Alberta, Canada Fire Relief  
Published May 18, 2016

Our thoughts go out to our colleagues and everyone else affected by the fires in Alberta, Canada. Nearly 2,000 of our own personnel work in the Fort McMurray region, with 400 living in the city itself.  

We are inspired by the outpouring of support by our employees, who have reached out offering money, time, homes, supplies and words of support. As a company, our employees are our first priority, and we want to live up to the example they have set.  

With this in mind, Jacobs is donating $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross. Many of our local sites and offices are also organizing other support and relief efforts.  

For more information about the crisis and how you can help, visit Alberta Emergency Updates.  



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Fortune MagazineJacobs is ranked the #2 Most Admired Company in the World in the Engineering, Construction category by Fortune Magazine, making this our 5th consecutive year in the number 2 position. Jacobs has held a top 5 spot on the coveted list since 1999.

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