Finding the Overlap in Medicine and Space: A Conversation About Today's Scientific Designs and the Promise of Tomorrow

January 4, 2017
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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Following a youthful fascination with outer space and what lies beyond the stars launched Robert (Bob) Benkowski into his first career as a senior engineer working for McDonnell Douglas in the Space Station Project Office at NASA, Johnson Space Center. Serendipity would catapult his career into medicine and inform his curiosity and ability to consider many intriguing questions, such as, how are the fields of aerospace and life sciences medicine related and support each other? What can we learn from NASA’s research on human physiology and what does it mean to our lives today? What critical considerations need to be made in developing implantable blood pumps and artificial hearts? And where does artificial intelligence and robotics meet and for what benefit in future medicine? All these questions and more are the subject of this episode as Bob Benkowski narrates in crisp detail his life-long love and dedication to the fields of science and medicine.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a speaker, consultant, coach, published author, radio show and podcast host, and Development/Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. She has dedicated herself to helping people across the globe more meaningfully and productively connect with their work to achieve greater fulfillment, more impactful results, and meaningful work-life integration, and “live with passion, work on purpose.” Alise is particularly called to help organizations synergize the human-technological workforce integration that artificial intelligence and robotics have introduced to enable workforce development that raises the human contribution to work. Her other niche area is working with organizations to integrate the younger millennial and generation Z workforces with their more tenured counterparts to create an engaged, productive culture.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Her post-doc research yielded 15 “modes of engagement,” discovered by interviewing 115 professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries. Her consulting offerings are drawn from this research.

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