1 The number of cyber attacks on the rise and that they are not going down. She concludes, explaining that we need highly secure systems to help protect infrastructure from physical security breaches.
2 Transforming how humans interact with energy and technology.
3 Every project we have touches the soil and soil responds to different types of loads. Research is needed about critical infrastructure like levees.
Peggy says we have some challenges to solve if the IoT (Internet of Things) can be as widely adopted as it could be. She talks about Operation Prowli and how it had been spreading malware and malicious code to servers and Websites. She also points to the example of Adidas, which announced that an unauthorized party may have gained access to certain customers’ data. She adds that it is distressing to see the number of cyberattacks on the rise and that they are not going down. She concludes, explaining that we need highly secure systems to help protect infrastructure from physical security breaches.
Peggy and Rich DiClaudio, president, CEO, and founding board member, The Energy Innovation Center Institute, chat about this organization’s mission, which is to transform how humans interact with energy and technology. He explains that we need a resilient electric grid and that the institute is always pursuing activities to enable resilient cities. He says in developed economies, it is unusual for a business to last more than 12 years. Looking at cities, unless something odd has happened like an earthquake, it is not unusual to see cities that are 500 years old, 1,000 years old, or more, and are still thriving quite well. He explains that human resources become more and more important.
Peggy and Cassandra Rutherford, assistant professor at Iowa State University, discuss some of the research she is doing as it relates to soil testing, foundation, and more. She explains that every project we have touches the soil and she looks at how soil responds to different types of loads. She is also looking to the future and doing research as it relates to critical infrastructure. A lot of research and funds need to be put into levees, she adds, saying we need $80 billion to maintain the levee system. She also talks about her efforts in elementary education, saying students admit they have never heard of geotechnical engineers, with many thinking engineers just drive trains.