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.
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