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Cool & Composed: Staying True to an Innovative Vision
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Podcasts May 02, 2022

Cool & Composed: Staying True to an Innovative Vision

In the world of popular music and culture, in terms of longevity, breadth and diversity of projects, he has few peers. From being the front man for legendary new wave band and video pioneers, Devo (2022 nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame), to a prolific film and TV composer whose credits include Thor: Ragnarok, The Royal Tenenbaums, Pitch Perfect 2, Happy Gilmore and The Lego Movie, Mark Mothersbaugh has left his own unique imprint on the world of audio and video media. In this episode of If/When, Mark discusses the inspiration of ideas, and maintaining fidelity to a creative vision when pioneering something new.
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Adversarial AI - What Dangers Lurk?
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Podcasts Apr 26, 2022

Adversarial AI: What Dangers Lurk?

When it comes to weaponized AI, you can forget Skynet, Ultron and Hal 9000 – the AI villains plaguing commercial operations these days come in the forms of poisoned data sets, hijacked AI models, and adversarial samples. The world of malevolent data is no longer just the stuff of science fiction, but a reality that cybersecurity experts, data scientists and supply chain managers all need to be cognizant of. In this episode of If/When, we explored the topic of adversarial artificial intelligence with Dr. Jennifer Blum, Senior Director Data Scientist for Jacobs CMS Cyber & Intelligence Business Unit; and Charles Ramsay, Director/Data Scientist, Jacobs CMS Cyber & Intelligence Business Unit.
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Waste Not: Circular Economy and Sustainable Waste Management Eric Oddo Janet Goodrich, PE
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Podcasts Mar 28, 2022

Waste Not: Circular Economy and Sustainable Waste Management

With the goal of improving environmental stewardship and economic resilience, innovators are employing new solutions to address the challenges of municipal waste management. At the forefront of concepts being explored is the circular economy model, which focuses on reuse, repair and recycling. In this episode of If/When we explored how a circular economic model can be deployed to address waste management, with guests Eric Oddo, Environmental Engineering Program Manager, Western Placer Waste Management Authority, and Janet Goodrich, P.E, Waste Solutions Global Technology Leader, Jacobs.
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See Me: World Down Syndrome Day Nicola Enoch Stephanie Bywater Lara Jumagdao
Beyond If
Podcasts Mar 21, 2022

See Me: World Down Syndrome Day

First observed in 2006, World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated annually to raise public awareness and insight into the lives of people who have Down Syndrome. Recognizing the need for global support in this endeavor, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution in December 2011 to officially codify March 21 as World Down Syndrome Day. In this episode of If/When, we spoke about family life and Down Syndrome with Nicola Enoch, chief executive officer of Positive About Down Syndrome, a UK-based advocacy organization; Stephanie Bywater, Jacobs Divisional Director, Highways Framework Manager; and Lara Jumagdao, Jacobs Senior Architect/Fire and Life Safety Specialist.
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Orbital Debris: Clean Up Your Space Dr. Phillip Anz-Meador
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Podcasts Mar 07, 2022

Orbital Debris: Clean Up Your Space

Ever since the Space Age began in the 1950s, man-made objects have been filling the nighttime sky in an increasing number. But what happens to all those rockets and components floating around our world? Though some burn up in the atmosphere, an ever-growing number of artificial objects litter the stratosphere, presenting potential dangers to astronauts and costly damages to satellites and spacecraft. In this episode of If/When we explored the topic of orbital debris with Dr. Phillip Anz-Meador, Orbital Debris Principal Scientist, Jacobs JETS Contract Group. In the discussion that follows, we talked about the size and scope of the problem of orbital debris, the safety hazards it presents, and what is being done to remediate the problem.
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Moon Walking: Giant Steps Are What You Take General (Ret.) Charlie Duke
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Podcasts Feb 28, 2022

Moon Walking: Giant Steps Are What You Take

In April 1972, he became the youngest person ever to walk on the Moon – a record he still holds to this day. Just three years prior, he served in a critical role as part of the Mission Control team for Apollo 11, and he was later a member of the backup crew for the ill-fated Apollo 13. But in the heyday of NASA’s lunar explorations, he would eventually get his own shot at walking on the moon. As we close in on the 50th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 16, we sat down with General Charlie Duke, lunar module pilot for this historic flight, to reminisce about his three-day excursion to earth’s farthest shore.
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Weather Report: Climate, Resilience and the TCFD Adam Liddle Craig Clifton
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Podcasts Feb 14, 2022

Weather Report: Climate, Resilience and the TCFD

As more and more investors and boards elevate the importance given to Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance metrics, greater emphasis is being placed on reporting and transparency. To help ensure investors are able to make informed decisions related to ESG matters, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (or TCFD) was founded in 2015 as a mechanism to provide standardized reporting methods for organizations to communicate their climate impact data. To learn more about the TCFD and business climate resilience, our guests are Adam Liddle – Jacobs Director of Corporate Sustainability, and Craig Clifton – Jacobs Global Technology Leader for Resilience and Climate Change.
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Healthcare Data Management: The Patient is In
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Podcasts Jan 10, 2022

Healthcare Data Management: The Patient is In

With the intersection of advanced data technologies and the evolution of healthcare, both providers and patients look to benefit, but security, privacy and data hygiene still loom as potential areas of concern. In this episode of If/When, we discuss data science advances in the context of healthcare with two data science experts from Jacobs - Dr. Jennifer Blum and David Morgareidge.
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The Search: Does Alien Life Exist?
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Podcasts Nov 17, 2021

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?"
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Coastal Squeeze: Let's Loosen Things Up
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Podcasts Nov 09, 2021

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.
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Sound Judgment: Turn Down the Noise
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Podcasts Oct 25, 2021

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.
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Data Analytics: Voice in the Machine
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Podcasts Sep 21, 2021

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 Jacobs Global Technology Lead for Predictive Analytics Michael Brown.
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