April 2014 Programs

The April 14, 2014 speaker will be Todd P. Witcher ,  Executive Director, Discover Life in America (DLIA). The title of his talk will be “The Smokies All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory”
Discover Life in America (DLIA), a non-profit organization established on Earth Day 1998, coordinates the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) to catalog every living creature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In a few short years the DLIA through the ATBI has far exceeded all expectations. DLIA-supported scientists have discovered an astonishing 926 species new to science, 7,636 species that were not previously known to exist within the Park. The species new to science include 36 moths, 42 spiders, 78 algae, 56 beetles, 26 crustaceans, 58 fungi, 20 bees and bee relatives, 16 tardigrades and 270 bacteria. This presentation will take you through the process and introduce you to some of the fascinating new species discoveries.

Todd P. Witcher is the Executive Director of Discover Life in America . DLIA is the non-profit coordinating the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Before becoming the ED at DLIA he worked as an educator for Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville Tennessee for 16 years. Todd has an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Biology (1987), a Masters in Business from Lincoln Memorial University (1991), and a Masters in Education from the University of Tennessee (1997). Todd is an eighth generation Tennessean having grown up in the small town of Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee where the Witcher family has lived since the late 1700’s. In his spare time Todd enjoys hiking, traveling, gardening and restoring old houses.

April 21, 2014 the speaker will be Roy Arthur, Knox County Watershed Coordinator, Research Associate, TN Water Resources Research Center.    The program topic will be “Knox County Watershed Initiatives”.

For the past decade Knox County has implemented watershed initiatives in the Beaver Creek and Stock Creek watersheds. The purpose of these initiatives is to improve water quality in Knox County creeks and ultimately remove them from the State’s 303(d) list of  impaired streams. Multiple and evolving partnerships have been developed to accomplish this task. This presentation will highlight some successes (and a few failures) from these efforts and end with a discussion of next steps.

Roy Arthur, a University of Tennessee Certified Project Manager, is Knox County’s Watershed Coordinator working out of the Knox County Stormwater Management Division of Engineering and Public Works. In this capacity, he is responsible for working with a variety of partnerships in the water resources field to help develop, deliver, and promote watershed based restoration plans and projects in Knox County and the surrounding region. Since joining Knox County in 2003 Roy has been responsible for program management, facilitation, grant writing and public relations. He acts as a liaison between local, state and federal agencies. Roy is also a Research Associate with the TN Water Resources Research Center at the University of Tennessee where he just  completed managing a large restoration grant for the Beaver Creek Watershed in North Knox County funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Roy is currently managing two additional grants through the Water Resources Research Center including a grant from the Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative. Prior to joining Knox County’s Stormwater Department and UT, Roy spent 20 years managing a small diamond tooling company. Involved in community activism, he has helped found a number of community groups and watershed associations.

Water quality has been a Technical Society concern for many years.The History of the Technical Society of Knoxville by Evelyn Elliot Wilcox states “It endorsed a new city sanitary code as well as construction of a primary sewage treatment plant for Knoxville. When the city dismissed its sanitary engineer, ostensibly for economic reasons, the Society passed a resolution protesting the action and requesting that the position be filled immediately with a fully trained professional sanitary engineer. In 1953, City Council, responding to pressure from the Technical Society and other groups, called for a referendum on funding a treatment plant, and by 1956 Knoxville’s sewage disposal facility was completed. “

April 28 To be announced

The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on April 7, 2014 will have   Dr. Peter K. Liaw, Endowed Ivan Racheff Chair of Excellence in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Tennessee, as speaker. The title of his presentation will be “Fatigue of Bulk Metallic Glasses”.(PDH)

A metallic glass is a solid metallic material, usually an alloy, with a disordered atomic-scale structure. Batches of amorphous steel have been produced that demonstrate strengths much greater than conventional steel alloys. Understanding how to predict the fatigue life of such materials is crucially important for their selection as structural materials. This is an opportunity to learn about these emerging materials.

Peter K. Liaw  obtained his B.S. in Physics from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University, USA.  After working at the Westinghouse Research and Development (R&D) Center for thirteen years, he joined the UT faculty and is an Endowed Ivan Racheff Chair of Excellence in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
He was the Chairman of the TMS (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) “Mechanical Metallurgy” Committee, and the Chairman of the ASM (American Society for Metals) “Flow and Fracture” Committee. He is a fellow of ASM.  He has been given the Outstanding Teacher Award, the Moses E. and Mayme Brooks Distinguished Professor Award, the Engineering Research Fellow Award, the National Alumni Association Distinguished Service Professor Award, the John Fisher Professorship, and L. R. Hesler Award at the University of Tennessee, and the TMS Distinguished Service Award. He has been the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program, the Director of the NSF International Materials Institutes (IMI) Program, and the Director of the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program at UT. He has published over six hundred journal papers, edited more than sixteen books, and presented numerous keynote and invited talks at various national and international conferences.
(I, Bob Scott, left out a lot of his resume. He must never sleep!

March 2014 Programs

The March 3, 2014 program will have Dr. Jess C. Gehin of ORNL as speaker. He will speak about The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL). This is an organization with the purpose of providing advanced modeling and simulation (M&S) solutions for commercial nuclear reactors.

The economic viability of nuclear power is crucially dependent on the public confidence and trust in the industry and this is an opportunity to understand what is being done in this very important area.

CASL’s vision is to predict, with confidence, the performance of nuclear reactors through comprehensive, science-based modeling and simulation technology that is deployed and applied broadly throughout the nuclear energy industry to enhance safety, reliability, and economics.

CASL’s mission is to provide coupled, higher-fidelity, usable modeling and simulation capabilities needed to address light water reactor operational and safety performance-defining phenomena.

CASL’s foundational technology products include CASL solutions and CASL ModSim Technologies. CASL’s ModSim technology, the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications (VERA), provides higher-fidelity results than the current industry approach by incorporating coupled physics and science-based models, state-of-the-art numerical methods, modern computational science, integrated uncertainty quantification (UQ) and validation against data from operating pressurized water reactors (PWRs), single-effect experiments, and integral tests.

CASL will address, through new insights afforded by its ModSim technology, key nuclear energy industry challenges to furthering power uprates, higher fuel burnup, and lifetime extension while providing higher confidence in enhanced nuclear safety and this cleaner energy source.

The March 10 meeting of the Technical Society will have a speaker who is an expert in an important and growing field. Gary Lownsdale, chief technology office at Plasan Carbon Composites has had a career-long interest in plastics and composites and has made significant contributions to the field in the last four-and-a-half decades, including work at Chrysler, Ford, Schlegel, GE Plastics (now SABIC Innovative Plastics), Hercules Aerospace, Trans2, Mastercraft Boats and now Plasan Carbon Composites. Since he joined the company, Plasan has been awarded contracts to produce CFRP body panels for the 2008 Corvette ZR1 and 2008 Dodge Viper ACR supercars as well as numerous components on the recently introduced new-generation Viper sportscar. As North America’s largest automotive supplier of carbon composite body panels, the company has been able to drop the effective cycle time to produce these parts from 90 minutes to 17 minutes under Lownsdale’s leadership. Additionally, Plasan has co-developed a new patent-pending out-of-autoclave molding process and pressure press with partner, Globe Machine Manufacturing Co. For the first time, this work allows carbon composites to be produced fast enough for use on medium-volume production vehicles. Lownsdale, who became vice- president-Technology and is now chief technology officer has also established new R&D centers in Bennington, Vt. and Wixom, Mich. He is heavily involved in the Oak Ridge Carbon Fiber Consortium where Plasan and nearly 50 other companies are focused on driving down the cost of carbon fiber composites so that they can be used in mass market vehicles. “If you doubt his passion for cars, you need to visit his 17,000 square foot building in Greenback where he stores 24 mostly English sports cars….”(PDH)

March 17 the speaker will be Amy Howard. The topic will be ” The UT Solar House—A Prototype of Zero-Energy Living.”
In the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, the College of Architecture and Design and the Institute for Smart Structures focused on the integration of aesthetics, technology, and energy efficient construction through the concept of Living Light. This concept not only relates to the sun, daylight and energy; it is a way of life that actively engages each participant in a learning experience to promote sustainable living. More than 200 UT students and faculty across nine academic disciplines designed the house for the Solar Decathlon. UT placed eighth overall in the decathlon and claimed high-standing marks in several categories, including first in energy production, third in engineering, third in

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Amy Howard is the Director of Development for the UT College of Architecture and Design and is a licensed architect.

The March 24 program has been postponed to March 31.
March 31, 2014 Becky Ashe, Principal of the L&N STEM Academy and STEM Coordinator for the PK-12 Knox County School system as well, will be the speaker. Her school is also the lead platform school in the STEMspark East TN STEM Innovation Hub, part of the TN STEM Innovation Network.

She will discuss progress and plans at the L&N STEM Academy as well as a system wide assessment of STEM exposure in all schools and one effort on particular to take an experiment from a Knox County Student to the International Space Station this September.

When the school opened she made the following opening statements:
“Whether it’s the one who comes in who wants to be a licensed pipe fitter at a nuclear plant or the one who wants to be the computer scientist programming what’s going to go on in the nuclear reactor, we hope every student leaves prepared to do what they want to do after high school,”

“We’re seen as a laboratory school. We research best practices to identify what we’re going to use in the school, and we study what we do and its effect before disseminating it across as broad a field as possible, especially throughout the STEM community.”

Becky Ashe spoke to the Technical Society on March 21, 2011, prior to the new Knox County STEM Academy opening in the Fall of 2011, and on October 10, 2011 (Columbus Day) the Technical Society toured the new STEM academy and ate at the school for lunch. It is a very impressive school and the equipment is outstanding.

The STEM Academy is now in it’s third year of operation and much has transpired. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in STEM education to learn about what is occurring and to participate in helping the Technical Society be a positive force in this important area of education.

Becky Ashe , a graduate of UTK (BS & MS) and LMU (EdS), was a biology/chemistry teacher at West High for 13 years during which time she did research on endangered bird species in the Haleakalah Rain Forest on Maui, HI and was a teacher at sea for NOAA in Prince William Sound, AK. She then went on to be a science specialist and supervisor for the system before serving as Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for three years, during which time she led first the feasibility study and then the design group that put together the L&N STEM Academy. Her hobbies include reading and travel.

February 2014 TSK News

The month of February 2014 saw some interesting presentations. Michael Finley, Instructor, Pellissippi State Community College speaking on  “The mathematics of sustainability” gave a sobering talk on sustainability. The example of deer overusing resources on an island and experiencing a population collapse is something that all humans need to heed. He said that for the cost of the Afganistan and Iraq wars we could put a solar panel on every house in the country.

Ted Wampler Jr.of Wampler’s Farm Sausage Company has descended  from a long line of sausage makers but he has embraced modern technology.The collaboration between Wampler’s Farm and  the Proton Power CHyP (Cellulose Hydrogen Power) System is impressive and it will benefit Wampler, Proton Power and the local farmers who produce switchgrass. Ted wants to be “off the grid” and right now Wamplers sometimes sells power and sometimes buys power. Wamplers has  a large solar installation now and  will soon be in commercial operation with their new  Power CHyP (Cellulose Hydrogen Power) System. Wamplers will not disclose the terms but they are currently operating the   CHyP system like a pilot plant so Proton Power can get data for designing more and bigger plants.

Our final meeting in February was presented by  LJ Robinson,FIRST Regional Director. She is a nurse who saw robot building as a valuable educational opportunity for kids and she did something about it. She described the  FIRST Robotics Competition which is an annual event for high school students working  along side professional mentors to design and build a robot. Teams will be given a parts kit including motors, batteries, and other components and are allowed to spend an additional $3,000 to create their robot. Student’s will then have 6 weeks to build the functioning robot to begin competitions.
FIRST Robotics is a very important and interesting program and there are opportunities for many people to make a contribution to the program.

February 2014 Programs

February 3, 2014 the speaker will be Michael Finley, Instructor, Pellissippi State Community College. The title of his presentation will be  “The mathematics of sustainability”(PDH).

This presentation explores key concepts relevant to the mathematics of sustainability. A brief overview of mathematics and a clear understating of the definition of sustainability are salient to understanding why mathematics is an important element of sustainability. The correlation of mathematics and sustainability is explored using various examples, from global to local.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama, BA in Mathematics from Roosevelt University and MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

On February 10 we will have an opportunity to learn how sausage is made. Ted Wampler, Jr.,  President and COO of Wampler’s Farm Sausage Company will be the speaker.  The title of his presentation will be  “Wampler’s Farm Sausage – Energy Independence and Social Responsibility”(PDH).

The Technical Society hears about the technology of energy frequently but this is an opportunity to hear the perspective of a business executive who has been very active in the use of alternate energy sources. He will talk about  the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program, and how it began with solar power and led to the Proton Power CHyP (Cellulose Hydrogen Power) System. He will touch on solar power and will concentrate most on the CHyP, going through the install, operations, and the benefits.

Ted was the first recipient of the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Person of the Year Award which recognized the efforts made toward using more sustainable energy alternatives at the company. Wampler’s Farm Sausage also won the TennSEISA Solar Champion Award for 2012. The company won the Innovator Award at the 2013 Pinnacle Business Awards Gala. The Knoxville Zoo ‘s (ARiES Energy / Wampler’s Farm Sausage / Cades Cove BBQ and Elm Hill Hot Dogs) Solar Project has reached the final five to win the “Best Solar Collaboration Award” at the Solar Power Generation USA Congress . Currently, the company is installing the first commercial Proton Power CHyP (Cellulose Hydrogen Power) System in the world. The Proton System will power the “net zero grid connected” company with hydrogen made from biomass.
Ted, Jr. serves on the Tennessee Advisory Board of Directors of United Community Bank.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Tennessee Tech University.

February 17 no meeting (Presidents Day)

February 24 LJ Robinson, Regional Director, will speak about FIRST Robotics. FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual event for high school students working  along side professional mentors to design and build a robot. Teams will be given a parts kit including motors, batteries, and other components and are allowed to spend an additional $3,000 to create their robot. Student’s will then have 6 weeks to build the functioning robot to begin competitions.

FIRST Robotics is a very important and interesting program and there are opportunities for many people to make a contribution to the program

January 2014 TSK News

Sometimes we need to be reminded about how much of a privilege it is to be able to attend meetings of the Technical Society. The quality of our programs is excellent and we have been able to get really outstanding speakers. The month of January is a good example. On January 13, 2014 historian, Ray Smith was our speaker. Ray has an extensive understanding and appreciation of the heritage of Y-12. He served for 16 years in management and has a total of 43 years of experience at the Y-12 National Security Complex and has learned about all the buildings on the site and their history. It was a very informative session on a subject that is currently very controversial and important. Also, Ray is certain that any more nuns who wish to penetrate the Y-12 perimeter will meet with much more serious resistance.

Our January 27  speaker, Gary Golden, is a world renown consultant on steam turbines and it was a privilege to be able to hear his presentation. After listening to his talk on turbine failure I (secretary Bob Scott) will never look at a steam turbine the same again. The trace impurities in steam can build up and cause chemical stress corrosion cracking with the potential for disaster. Anyone who is working with turbines would have to be aware of Gary and his work to have a safe design.

January 2014 programs

The January 6, 2014 meeting is cancelled

due to portending inclement weather.


January 13, 2014 we will have a presentation by historian, Ray Smith “Stories from the Secret City”

The talk will consist of an overview of early Oak Ridge history including stories of how the East Tennessee location was selected and the predictions of the “Prophet of Oak Ridge.”  Many Ed Westcott historical images will form the basis of the visuals and be the backdrop for the stories of the history of Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project.  There will be mention of the Cold War era and today’s Oak Ridge missions.

A primary focus will be on the Y-12 National Security Complex but with some Oak Ridge National Laboratory history included as well.  The nonproliferation efforts which are joint efforts of ORNL and Y-12 will be featured, time permitting.
With 43 years of experience at the Y-12 National Security Complex, Ray has developed an extensive understanding and appreciation of the heritage of Y-12’s history. Having served for 16 years in ever increasing levels of management responsibility, he has learned all the buildings on the site and their history. He has co-produced the award-winning and highly acclaimed Secret City DVD set that has become the definitive history of Oak Ridge.

January 20 no meeting ( Martin Luther King holiday)

January 27  Gary Golden will be the   speaker. The title of his presentation will be “Steam Turbine and Generator Damage Mechanisms.”(PDH)

Will the steam turbines we rely on for our electricity need repair or even replacement in the near future? Can steam turbine generator life be extended for infrastructure needs or a retrofit? The discussion will be on steam path failure mechanisms such as stress corrosion cracking, corrosion, fatigue, erosion and creep. Since 90% of electric power production uses steam turbines, the failure mechanism becomes critical in the maintenance and life cycle. The types of damage along with prevention and detection will be presented.

Gary Golden has his own energy consulting practice.  He was formerly with EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) Generation and Nuclear Sectors specializing in Steam Turbines, Generators and Auxiliaries. He was the Technical Manager of Solar Augmented Steam Cycle Projects for retrofitting existing fossil fuel plants with Thermal Solar technology. Prior to joining EPRI he was a design engineer. His engineering background includes designing and testing power plants all over the world.  Gary has served on the executive committee of the ASME Power Division as well as on their Turbine Generators and Auxiliaries committee and International Relations committee. He has been an officer for the ASME Oak Ridge, TN Section and has participated with Performance Test Code committees writing codes. Mr. Golden teaches courses on steam turbines generators and auxiliaries yearly for ASME. He has an ME degree  from The University of Missouri.

December 2013 TSK News

On December 2, 2013, Patrick L. McMahon, P.E., PhD,   Project Engineer, S&ME Inc. spoke on   a study of bedload transport in streams. Published bedload transport data sets for gravel bed rivers in North America have been developed primarily in the mountainous Western regions of the continent. The conclusion of the study was that the western data is applicable to eastern streams.

On December 9 Ted Lundy spoke about the background of the Manhattan Project. The science behind the Manhattan Project began with the Curies several years before WW2. Ted is planning a second talk on the Manhattan Project. Oak Ridge historian Ray Smith attended the meeting and he will talk in January about Oak Ridge history.

 On December 16,  Graham Walford described his Reality House. Graham and his wife built an innovative high efficiency home where the end goals included air quality, light quality and ability to encompass the human life cycle – young to old. Data was presented taken from the extensive instrumentation built into the house- including thermographic studies, multi sensor plots, ground thermal systems, etc.

Dr. Walford is a Subject Matter Expert in several demanding radiation measurement fields. These include environmental, high performance counting, accident conditions and Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) in a variety of distributions. Experiences also include detection technology development and the engineering of applicable systems and components.

December 2013 Programs

On December 2, 2013, Patrick L. McMahon, P.E., PhD,   Project Engineer, S&ME Inc. will speak. His  topic will be  “Bedload Transport in a Southern Appalachian Ridge and Valley Stream, Support for Stream Restoration Projects.”(PDH)

The proposed presentation will cover data collection and assessment of bedload transport data on a Southern Appalachian Ridge and Valley Stream and include discussion of predictive modeling results using existing bedload transport models.

Published bedload transport data sets for gravel bed rivers in North America have been developed primarily in the mountainous Western regions of the continent. These data sets have been used by researchers to develop and/or test a number of commonly used bedload transport models. By comparison, published bedload transport data sets for streams in the Eastern regions of the continent are few in number and brief in content. The objective of this study was to characterize the bedload transport flux rates in a Southern Appalachian Ridge and Valley stream and the particle size distribution of the bedload material relative to that of the bed surface and bar samples. To meet this objective a continuously monitoring bedload transport station was installed in August of 2010 on Little Turkey Creek in Farragut, Tennessee. The bedload monitoring station includes four Birkbeck-type pit traps, extending perpendicular to flow across the channel bottom in series.

To me ( B0b Scott) stream studies are very interesting in that the engineers can calculate what will happen to sediment in streams. Hans Albert Einstein  was the  son of Albert Einstein.  In 1936 Hans Albert obtained the doctor of technical science degree. His doctoral thesis “Bed Load Transport as a Probability Problem” is considered the definitive work on sediment transport. I (Bob Scott) find it interesting that his father told him bed load transport was too complicated to work on.

December 9, 2013 Ted Lundy will be the speaker. His topic will be ” The Manhattan Project- Part One”.

Ted is very interested in the Manhattan project and he has been in a position to learn about it. The Manhattan Project was and still is unequaled in almost everything about it and it holds a special place in the imagination of all who know about it.

My (Bob Scott, TSK secretary) first supervisor in the DuPont plant in Beaumont Texas , Jim Kalil, described working on the Manhattan Project “you could get anything you wanted. Ask for an electron microscope and they asked if you needed two or three.” It was unique.

Ted Has  BS in Engineering Physics and MS  and PhD in Metalurgical Engineering- all from the University of Tennessee. He has worked as director of the Center for Manufacturing Research at Tennessee Technological University , the University of Tennessee and the  Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ted has also been an elected member of the  Knox County Commission.


On December 16,  Graham Walford will make a  presentation on  the Reality House, Energy Balance and the impact of its Living Dynamics.  It will deal with the engineering and development of a high efficiency home where the end goals also included air quality, light quality, its ability to encompass the human life cycle – young to old. He will also include the difficulties, successes and failures that resulted in a net positive at the end of the effort.  Data will be presented including thermographic studies, multi sensor plots, ground thermal systems, etc.(PDH)

Dr. Walford is a Subject Matter Expert in several demanding radiation measurement fields. These include environmental, high performance counting, accident conditions and Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) in a variety of distributions. Experiences also include detection technology development and the engineering of applicable systems and components.

December 23, 2013 no meeting

November 2013 programs

November 4, 2013 Anthony Crist, P.E. of Gresham Smith and Partners will be the speaker.

He will be repeating a presentation he gave for the  ASCE Knoxville Branch’s October meeting. The following is what the ASCE said about their meeting:

You are invited to attend to learn about the winner of the 2013 ASCE TN Section Outstanding Engineering Project. The award winning project is from right here in Knoxville! The KUB Lower Third Creek Wastewater Storage Facility had stiff competition from projects such as the Music City Center in Nashville, TN.

Anthony Crist, P.E. of Gresham Smith and Partners will present this topic.

Anthony is a professional engineer with over 16 years of experience in the water and wastewater field. Anthony’s experience includes the design of water and sewer pipelines, low pressure sewer systems, onsite wastewater treatment, wastewater pumping stations and force mains, pipeline installation and rehabilitation, water treatment facilities, instrumentation upgrades, sewage treatment facility evaluations, construction observation and construction administration.

He is experienced in erosion control, permitting and has performed design, engineering services during construction, and project management on numerous projects including the KUB Lower Third Creek Wastewater Storage Facility and Pumping Station for the PACE10 Program in Knoxville, Tennessee. As the Project Engineer and Project Manager, Anthony was instrumental in the site selection, design and construction of a 6.5-mg offline storage facility for sewer system flow equalization to reduce peak influent flows to the KUB Kuwahee Wastewater Treatment Facility

November 11 no meeting

November 18 Dr. William A. Miller will describe how a Zero Energy Building Research Alliance (ZEBRAlliance) evaluated the market viability of low-energy homes built in the Tennessee Valley in an effort to transform new and existing construction into affordable energy saver homes.

The ZEBRAlliance partners, Schaad Companies LLC, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), BarberMcMurry Architects and the Department of Energy (DOE), built two pairs of homes and demonstrated 50 percent energy savings as compared to a home built to local code. Each home showcases a different envelope strategy. Structural Insulated panel (SIP house) is the envelope for one of a pair of homes having a walk-out basement. The other home with basement will use optimal value framing (OVF house) techniques. A third home with advanced framing features focuses on the benefits of insulations mixed with phase change materials (PCM house). The fourth home’s cladding is composed of an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS house).

Dr. William A. Miller is a mechanical engineer with experience in heat and mass transfer, vapor compression refrigeration systems and absorption heat and mass transfer. He has extensive experience in experimental and finite difference simulations for application to roofing systems as well as forced, natural and mixed convection heat transfer. He served as Program Manager to direct the setup of ZEBRA 4 energy saver homes.  He also serves as a Research Professor in the Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and is actively teaching Architecture Design in the College of Architecture.

November 25 – no meeting

October 2013 Programs

October 7, 2013 the speaker will be Bob Scott. He will speak about his grandfather, Charles Edward Ferris- founder of the Technical Society of Knoxville. Bob ( who is writing this) is a person who everyone will want to hear and who claims to be the last student of Dean Ferris.

Charles Ferris in his time was a farm worker, lumberjack, elementary teacher, door-to-door booksalesman, surveyor, professor, football player, building designer, furniture maker and industrial recruiter. There is quite a lot of information about Charles Ferris on this Technical Society website but you can get a better feeling for our founder from Bob.

October 14 Columbus Day – will not meet

October 21 Harold L (Lee) Dodds, UT Nuclear Engineering. He currently teaches an  honors course at UT entitled “Energy Choices and Consequences,” which is open to students from all majors, not just nuclear engineering students and he has a  presentation on the same subject for other organizations. The presentation focuses primarily on the different technologies for producing electricity and the consequences associated with each technology relative to economics, the environment, health and safety, sustainability, and politics.

Dr Dodds is IBM Professor and Department Head, Emeritus in the UT Nuclear Engineering Department. He had experience in a variety of positions prior to taking  his position at UTK.
October 28-David Washburn, President & CEO, UT Research Foundation will be the speaker. The title of his presentation will be “Straight Talk on Technology Commercialization at the University of Tennessee”.

Dave Washburn  is responsible for overseeing a variety of programs designed to stimulate and encourage innovation, entrepreneurship and technology transfer from inventions realized across the University of Tennessee system.
Dave is a veteran of university technology transfer and three successful software start-ups.

Most recently Dave led the software commercialization practice at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he helped form 25 startup companies that raised over $75M in venture capital at an aggregate valuation exceeding $250M.
Prior to Illinois, Dave was a team member and led a variety of business development activities for InstallShield Software Corporation (acquired by Macrovision), Kuck & Associates (acquired by Intel) and Wolfram Research, created of the groundbreaking Mathematica software platform and Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine.