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STEMCAST with Dr. Reagan Flowers

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Now displaying: April, 2019
Apr 29, 2019

Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner manages the FBI’s Houston Division. 

Mr. Turner became a special agent with the FBI in 1991 and was assigned to the Birmingham Division, where he worked criminal investigative matters in the Huntsville Resident Agency. Four years later, he transferred to the New Orleans Division and investigated gang, drug, and public corruption matters in the Monroe Resident Agency.

In 1999, Mr. Turner was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigation Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. While there, he worked in the Mexican/Criminal Syndicates Unit of the Drug Section.

Mr. Turner transferred to the Jackson Division in 2001 to supervise the Criminal Enterprise Squad. In August 2004, he worked in the division’s Field Intelligence Group. A year later, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in the Memphis Division and managed the Criminal and Administrative Programs for three years and all programs in the National Security Branch for two years.

In August 2010, Mr. Turner returned to FBI Headquarters as deputy assistant director of the Information Technology Engineering Division. He also served as special agent in charge of the Louisville Division.

Mr. Turner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and statistics from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Business Administration from Belhaven University.

In this episode we discuss:
  • Making the pivot from a career in insurance to working with the FBI for 27 years.
  • The methods the FBI uses to manage community outreach and social media.
  • Properly leveraging data and technology to keep up with cyber threats to protect citizens.

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Apr 15, 2019

William 'Jack' Jackson is a senior consultant with SafeStart who helps companies on creating a safe working environment for employees. Jack’s career has included working in production, operations and safety at Johnson Controls for 19 years, followed by seeing Avanzar Interior Technologies through the safety phase of new construction. In addition to developing a safety program, he also developed a conditioning program to prepare team members to become industrial athletes.Coach Jack worked with two semi-professional football teams for 6 years and was named NAFL defensive coordinator of the year. Jack used his experience to develop a safety concept that teaches participants of his courses that “safety is always first.”

In this episode we discuss:

  • The four techniques to reduce critical errors.
  • Recognizing patterns that will allow us to be proactive versus reactive.
  • Creating a safe workplace culture starting with leadership.

For more information visit https://www.cstem.org.

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Apr 1, 2019

Alan Spreckley has worked for ABB since September 2003 and currently holds the position of Global Industry Segment Manager RMRO, for Food & Beverage and Consumer Packed Goods with responsibility for the sales and implementation of robotic automation within food, beverage and personal care application areas. Alan also has responsibility for the segment strategy ensuring that ABB remain in the forefront for robotic automation within these key industries. 

He is also a guest lecturer on robotics at a number of Universities, primarily the University of Manchester (UK) where he has lectured for the last 7 years.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The evolvement from the first robot in the food and beverage industry to modern technology.
  • Understanding how robots and humans can work in collaborative space. 
  • The process of developing a robotics system.

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