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If/When Podcast Series

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.

Innovation as a Service: Incubating and Scaling Ideas

If/When Episode 023

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

If/When Episode 022

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

If/When Episode 021

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

If/When Episode 020

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

If/When Episode 019

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

If/When Episode 018

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

If/When Episode 017

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?

If/When Episode 016

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

If/When Episode 015

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

If/When Episode 14

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

If/When Episode 13

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

If/When Episode 12

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

If/When Episode 11

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

If/When Episode 10

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

If/When Episode 9

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/When Episode 8

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

If/When Episode 7

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

If/When Episode 6

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?

If/When Episode 5

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

If/When Episode 4

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

If/When Podcast Episode 3

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

If/When Episode 2: AI and Data Analytics

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

If/When Episode 001

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