August 2014 TSK Programs

August 4, 2014 Sam Hart, Technology and Manufacturing Consultant with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, will speak on Area Economic Development.
In working with the Chamber of Commerce, Sam manages the technology mining and matching program and assists companies with technology issues and technology transfers from the University of Tennessee, ORNL, or Y-12.
Sam is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, National Defense Industrial Association, National Institute for Metalworking Skills and the Technical Society of Knoxville.
Technology 2020′s Innovation Valley Technology Council honored Sam  as Member of the Year in 2010.

On  August 11, 2014 Bruce Glanville, TSK president,  will present  two TED (Technology Entertainment Design) talks and he will moderate a discussion of each talk.

TED is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan: “Ideas Worth Spreading”.
TED events address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can.
I, Bob Scott, have never seen a TED presentation and I am interested in seeing how this way of communicating works.

The first presentation will be by Sylvia Earle,an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration. “We’ve got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us.”

The second presentation will be by James Hansen, a top climate scientist:
“Why I must speak out about climate change”.
James Hansen was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of James Van Allen. His early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid.

Bruce Glanville is president of the Technical Society of Knoxville and  owner and founder  of Energy Home Basics (http://energyhomebasics.com). Bruce Glanville is reputed to be the best energy makeover expert for homeowners and contractors in East Tennessee. He was an early pioneer in the field of healthy building science and has now seen multiple projects win LEED and Energy Star Certification.

The August 18, 2014 program will be presented by Dr. John T Simpson, Research Professor, Material Science and Engineering Department and
Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences Department, University of Tennessee.
The title of his presentation will be “Superhydrophobic Coatings”.(PDH)
He is President and CEO at John Simpson Consulting, LLC , has been a
Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and an Optical Scientist and Design Engineer at IBM. He was educated at the University of Arizona, University of Vermont, and University of Idaho.
The materials he will be describing are unique and have surface properties that are new to all of us.

On August 25, 2014 Jeff Welch, AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners), Director, the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) will speak. The topic for his presentation will be “PlanET Playbook Overview and Presentation on ETIndex.org”.(PDH)

The Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) Playbook is a high-levelroadmap whose aim is to ensure our region remains beautiful, becomes healthier and offers pathways to success for our residents.   The playbook is grounded in research, analysis, and extensive public input.

ETIndex.org, is a user-friendly website stocked with community facts and figures. The 87 community indicators on the ETIndex.org site track critical aspects of the region’s economy, health, housing markets, and environment.

Jeff Welch, AICP, has served as the Director of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) since 1985.  The TPO coordinates a comprehensive transportation planning process for several cities and counties in the Knoxville metropolitan area/air quality non-attainment area.  Jeff has overseen the preparation of several regional mobility plans and regional transit studies over the past 30 years. He has been a career public servant beginning in Dubuque, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and in Knoxville. From 2006 to 2013, he served on the Transportation Research Board’s Strategic Highway Research Program 2- Technical Coordinating Committee for Capacity. He has also served on the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Policy Committee.
He has a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering from University of Tennessee and a Masters of Urban Planning from Virginia Tech.

July 2014 Technical Society Programs

July 7, 2014 no meeting

July 14, 2014                                                                                                          The speaker for the Technical Society on July 14 will be Stacy Clark, Research Forester, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service. Her program topic will be     “American chestnut restoration in the southeastern United States.”

A tree breeding program has produced hybrid American chestnut trees with putative resistance to the chestnut blight. Seedlings were grown using advanced nursery technology for planting and they were planted in commercial timber productive sites in southern Appalachian mountain forests. This study demonstrates that establishment of chestnut hybrids bred for blight resistance was successful. Results are preliminary, however.

Stacy Clark is a Research Forester with the Southern Research Station stationed on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She received her Ph.D. in Plant Science from Oklahoma State University, her M.S. in Forestry, and her B.S. in Forest Resource Management from the University of Tennessee. She has been in her present position since 2005 and her primary research interests are American chestnut restoration, artificial regeneration of oak, and dendrochronology.

I, Bob Scott, can remember seeing the whitened dead chestnut trees standing near Newfound Gap when I was a child and it is hard for anyone now alive to understand the importance of the chestnut. “ Before the species was devastated by the chestnut blight, a fungal disease, it was one of the most important forest trees throughout its range.” What would restoration of the chestnut mean and how could it happen?

On July 21, 2014 Dr Robert D. Hatcher will speak on “Earthquake Hazard in East Tennessee”.(PDH)

“The East Tennessee seismic zone is the second most active in the eastern U.S., but has not produced an earthquake larger than M =4.6 in historic times. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has supported a research project in the ETSZ since 2008 with goals of determining whether or not a large (>M = 6.5) earthquake has occurred in this region, and, if so, how frequently have earthquakes of this magnitude occurred? To date, we have found evidence of more than one M > 6.5 earthquake in the past 15,000 years. The area of greatest frequency of earthquakes today lies between Maryville and Vonore, TN, but river deposits where evidence of these earthquakes are best preserved are not well exposed in this area. We have found some evidence of prehistoric earthquake activity near Vonore, but, because of high quality exposures, have found much more evidence around Douglas Lake on the periphery of the ETSZ. We feel that there have been large earthquakes in East Tennessee in the recent prehistoric past, but have not yet determined the recurrence interval for these events.”

Dr  Hatcher’s educational background consists of degrees from Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1961, geology, chemistry, minor mathematics; M.S., 1962, geology, minor chemistry) and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Ph.D., 1965, structural geology, minor chemistry). His M.S. thesis research was in carbonate petrology and geochemistry and his Ph.D. research was on a large thrust system in the Appalachian Valley and Ridge.

He has served as President of the American Geological Institute in 1996, on a Nuclear Regulatory Commission Federal Advisory Committee on reactor safety from 1993-1996, and on the U.S. Geological Survey Federal Advisory Committee on the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program from 1996 until the present.

I, Bob Scott have lived in California and Alaska but the only place I have ever felt an earthquake was in East Tennessee. This is an important topic.

 

Joseph P. Carson Will lead the program on July 28, 2914. “Table facilitator’s summaries of discussion at June 26 STEM Ed working breakfast”. He will describe the work so far. Afterward  Joe would like for TSK members to discuss, in facilitated discussion at their tables: 1) whether TSK members and other area STEM professionals are currently an under-utilized resource to our area’s K-12 STEM Ed mission, and 2) whether TSK members support our area becoming the national model for utilizing TSK membership and other STEM professionals as such a resource.

Joe Carson is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and nuclear safety engineer at DOE. He is a decorated veteran who served as an officer in the nuclear navy for six years and later worked at several commercial nuclear power plants. He joined the Department of Energy (DOE) as a workplace and nuclear safety engineer in 1990.
Joe has taken engineering ethics seriously and has courageously reported DOE failures at the risk of serious retribution – which he has endured.
Joe is working through the ASME and other technical societies to use the available technical expertise in our area to support STEM (science technology engineering math) education in our public schools.

Joe has put a lot of effort into our local engineering societies and he has fought hard for engineering ethics- everyone interested in STEM education can use this opportunity to help the technical community make a difference.
On page 32 of the History of the Technical Society  it  is clearly shown that education is a long term interest of the Technical Society : “The Society continued its interest in civic improvement, while putting a new emphasis on educational projects and involvement with other professional groups.”

June 2014 Technical Society News

On June 2, 2014 Niek Schreuder, Chief Medical Physicist for Proton Therapy, explained the differences between standard (x-ray) radiation treatment and proton therapy. As a result of protons’ dose-distribution characteristics, the radiation oncologist can increase the dose to a tumor while reducing the dose to surrounding normal tissues.
 Proton therapy is expensive and insurance companies are reluctant to pay for it even though it is the superior treatment in many cases.

For the June 9 meeting Ken Barry, S&ME, described a number of tools and strategies for reducing runoff of suspended particles- primarily during construction.

On June 16 UT Professor Dr. Devon Burr described Titan – the only natural satellite known to have a dense atmosphere and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found. Titan sounds like an interesting place to visit but not a good place to live.

A team from UT described their work in building an advanced vehicle as part of a three-year competition at the June 23 meeting. The competition gives engineering students (and other students) the chance to design and build an advanced vehicle that demonstrate leading-edge automotive technologies with the goal of minimizing the environmental impact. The UT team placed low because of a mechanical failure ( a chain broke) but they had a very good design and good workmanship and they will begin participating in the next competition.

On June 30 Stefan Spanier, who leads UT’s CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) work described his work in seeking the Higgs boson.The High Energy Physics group at the University of Tennessee has been a part of the international collaboration that built and maintains the Large Hadron Collider’s Compact Muon Solenoid detector, or CMS.

The Large Hadron Collider is an underground, 17-mile ring that straddles the French-Swiss border. Protons collide head-on surrounded by layers of particle detectors. The results of these collisions can be new particles or other phenomena. The CMS detector can observe these remnants and track their signatures. Dr. Spanier told us a lot about high energy physics which we all now understand?

 

June 2014 Technical Society Programs

 

June 2, 2014. Niek Schreuder, DABR, VP and Chief Medical Physicist, Provision Center for Proton Therapy, will speak on “The Technology of Proton Radiation Therapy.”

New technology in cancer treatment touches everyone since one in four deaths in the United States is caused by cancer.

There is a significant difference between standard (x-ray) radiation treatment and proton therapy. If given in sufficient doses, x-ray radiation techniques will control many cancers, but healthy tissues may receive a similar dose and can be damaged. Both standard x-ray therapy and proton beams work on the principle of selective cell destruction. As a result of protons’ dose-distribution characteristics, the radiation oncologist can increase the dose to a tumor while reducing the dose to surrounding normal tissues.
Niek Schreuder, M.Sc. DABR, vice president and chief medical physicist, is a board-certified medical physicist with significant experience in all aspects of proton beam radiotherapy.
Most recently, Schreuder served as chief medical physicist and senior vice president of medical physics and technology at ProCure Treatment Centers in Bloomington, Indiana. During his more than 22 years as a medical physicist, he has gained vast experience in project management, research and development and clinical training. He is considered one of the foremost medical physics pioneers in the world specializing in proton therapy.

June 9, 2014 Ken Barry, S&ME, “Stop That Silt”. Ken described a number of tools and strategies for reducing runoff of suspended particles.

June 16, 2014  Dr. Devon Burr, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences will be the speaker. The title of her presentation will be “Titan – the Moon that would be a Planet“

Could people inhabit Titan? Should the space program concentrate resources on Titan?

Titan is the only natural satellite known to have a dense atmosphere and the only object other than Earth for which clear evidence of stable bodies of surface liquid has been found.  The climate—including wind and rain—creates surface features similar to those of Earth, such as dunes, rivers, lakes, seas (probably of liquid methane and ethane), and deltas, and is dominated by seasonal weather patterns as on Earth.

Dr. Burr  does research in planetary science in the field of planetary geomorphology. She specializes in how fluid flow or fluid phase change may have moved sediments and otherwise shaped planetary surfaces and what those surface shapes can tell us about the geologic history of that body. She received her PhD. in Geosciences from the University of Arizona, Tucson, with a minor in planetary sciences.  She has worked at the U.S. Geological Survey , the Los Alamos National Laboratory and SETI.

June 23 EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge is a three-year competition that builds on the 19-year history of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advanced vehicle technology competitions by giving engineering students the chance to design and build advanced vehicles that demonstrate leading-edge automotive technologies, with the goal of minimizing the environmental impact of personal transportation and illustrating pathways to a sustainable transportation future.

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June 30 Stefan Spanier,Associate Professor of Physics, leads UT’s CMS (Compact Muon Solenoid) work. The High Energy Physics group at the University of Tennessee has been part of the hunt for the Higgs boson for the past six years, working with the international collaboration that built and maintains the Large Hadron Collider’s Compact Muon Solenoid detector, or CMS.

The Large Hadron Collider is an underground, 17-mile ring that straddles the French-Swiss border and accelerates protons to enormous energies in opposite directions. Every second, protons collide head-on more than 40 million times at particular locations surrounded by layers of particle detectors. The results of these collisions can be new particles or other phenomena. With multiple layers, the CMS detector can observe these remnants and track their signatures, providing scientists with data to piece together what happened at the heart of a collision.

 

May 2014 Technical Society News

 

On May  5, 2014 the Technical Society speaker was Don Horton, Sustainability Coordinator with McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects, Inc. The program topic was “Importance of existing buildings in reducing energy and water consumption” PDH

Water and energy consumption requirements for new buildings and water and energy consumption of existing buildings have a significant impact on reaching our goals for energy independence.

Don Horton is a LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design & Construction specialty (LEED AP BD&C) certification. He has been appointed to the Knoxville Board of Zoning Appeals.

McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects has established itself a leader in sustainable design and the firm has been designing landmarks in Knoxville, East Tennessee and the Southeastern United States for more than 40 years.

On May 12, 2014 the scheduled speaker was unable to be present and Bob Scott described some unusual problems he saw in chemical plants. An old established plant was losing a railroad tank car of ammonia every day and they had not changed anything they had been doing. The more Bob looked, the less ammonia the plant lost. In another plant during startup the plant was losing carbon tetrachloride by the tank car load to an unknown  destination. All the plant technical people were put out on around the clock shifts to try to find the leak which went away when the plant operators, tired of all the extra people snooping around, operated the equipment better and the loss disappeared. The discussion questions evolved to a discussion of chemical plant safety.

On May 17 Steve Levy related how TVA policies were becoming inimicable to the development of solar power. Steve feels that the distributors need to step up and help homeownews install solar power.

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May 2014 Technical Society Programs

On May 5, 2014 the Technical Society speaker will be Don Horton Sustainability Coordinator with McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects, Inc. The program topic will be “Importance of existing buildings in reducing energy and water consumption” PDH
The presentation will discuss water and energy consumption requirements for new buildings and discuss how water and energy consumption of existing buildings have a significant impact on reaching our goals for energy independence.
Don Horton is a LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design & Construction specialty (LEED AP BD&C) certification. He has been appointed to the Knoxville Board of Zoning Appeals.
McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects has established itself a leader in sustainable design and the firm has been designing landmarks in Knoxville, East Tennessee and the Southeastern United States for more than 40 years.
May 12, 2014
Linda Kah, Associate Professor, University of

Tennessee, Dept Earth and Planetary Sciences will be the Technical Society speaker on May 12, The title of her presentation will be “Curiosity’s mission in Gale Crater, Mars”.
Since August 2011, the Curiosity Rover has been exploring Gale Crater, Mars. This presentation will provide highlights of the mission, including the rationale for choosing Gale Crater, the analytical capabilities of the Curiosity rover, and a review of some of the missions discoveries.
Linda Kah has been pursuing her love of science since kindergarten, when she announced her intention to become a geologist. She received concurrent BS and MS degrees from MIT in 1990, followed by a PhD from Harvard in 1997. In her research, she combines her knowledge of geology, isotope geochemistry and biology to decipher how ecosystems arise on planets, and how biological processes fundamentally interact with, and even change, geological systems. Her research has taken her to some of the most remote places on Earth, including the Canadian Arctic, Saharan West Africa, and the high Andes of Argentina; and continues to take her to even more remote localities, as she explores Gale Crater on the surface of Mars with NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission.

 
May 19, 2014 Steve Levy will be the Technical Society of Knoxville speaker on May 20, 2014. The title of his presentation will be “The Battle Over Solar Energy-TVA versus the Distributors”

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Steve spent 35 years in electric power generation, energy storage, transformation and switching. He is experienced in solar energy, high efficiency gas discharge lamps, pulse power, capacitive energy storage, thermophotovoltaics, and thermionic converters. He also spent thirty years in army research and was a major player in Reagan’s “Star Wars.” He was the Army project engineer responsible for the design, construction and for promoting the construction of the Army Pulse Power Center, a $25 million dollar advanced 30 megawatt (average) testing laboratory for developing directed energy weaponry for Star Wars, winning Congressional approval and having Boeing Engineering build the unique facility. It became operational in 1985. Mr. Levy was also assigned the responsibility for semiconductor switches managing a $15 million effort creating the term “megawatt electronics” incorporating the efforts of seven government agencies including the Electronic Power Research Institute (EPRI). Steve was hired by EPRI to be the Director of the EPRI Power Electronics Applications Center in Knoxville and appointed by the Ballistics Missile Command to their technical advisory board. He is now co-teaching solar energy at UTK in the Materials Science Department at the graduate level and presently serving as Technical Director of the Tennessee Solar Energy Association. Has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Science. He has 13 patents and 50+ professional publications.
May 26, 2014 no meeting -Memorial Day

April 2014 Technical Society News

On April 7, 2014 Dr. Peter K. Liaw, Endowed Ivan Racheff Chair of Excellence in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Tennessee, spoke about fatigue of bulk metallic glasses”.

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Peter K. Liaw obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. He has published over six hundred journal papers and edited more than sixteen books.

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speaker was Todd P. Witcher , Executive Director, Discover Life in America (DLIA). The All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) intends to catalog every living creature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There are 18,500 different species known in the Smokies and it is predicted that there are 60,000 to 80,000. There are 900 kinds of flies ( and more to come). A list of what has been found is on www DLIA.org.

ON April 21, 2014 Roy Arthur, Knox County Watershed Coordinator, Research Associate, described how for the past decade Knox County has implemented watershed initiatives in the Beaver Creek and Stock Creek watersheds to improve water quality in Knox County creeks and ultimately remove them from the State’s 303(d) list of impaired streams. They have worked with landowners in many small projects and work hard to get cooperation in improving water quality.

On April 28, 2014 the Technical Society speaker was Parci Gibson, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Project Manager.

She desribed the effects of the the new runoff reduction requirements

for site design standards as they relate to stormwater management. In the future the emphasis will be on putting stormwater into the soil rather than having it run off on the surface. There are Low Impact Best Management Practices that will be allowed under the new Runoff Reduction requirements.

As a project manager, Ms. Gibson works to ensure that Knox County remains compliant with all state and federal requirements as they relate to the Clean Water Act. In addition, Ms. Gibson creates all public engagement programs and materials for county employees as well as the general public to increase awareness of water quality issues and what people can do to reduce stormwater pollution.

 

 

 

April 2014 Programs

On April 28, 2014 the Technical Society speaker will be Parci Gibson, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Project Manager. The program topic will be “ Stormwater Management : Building Together”(PDH).
She will cover the following:
• Understanding the new runoff reduction requirements for site design standards as they relate to stormwater management
• Examining the role of landscape architects and engineers in the newest issuance of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Phase II Permit
• Examining Low Impact Best Management Practices that will be allowed under the new Runoff Reduction requirements.

As a project manager, Ms. Gibson works to ensure that

Knox County remains compliant with all state and federal requirements as they relate to the Clean Water Act. In addition, Ms. Gibson creates all public engagement programs and materials for county employees as well as the general public to increase awareness of water quality issues and what people can do to reduce stormwater pollution.
Prior to working with Knox County, Ms. Gibson worked for two local watershed organizations and was a classroom teacher. Ms. Gibson currently serves on several local watershed educational committees and
is a board member of the Tennessee Stormwater Association. Ms. Gibson holds a BA in Liberal Arts, a MS in Secondary Education and a BS in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

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.
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.

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.

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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 Technical Society News

March 3, 2014 Dr. Jess C. Gehin of ORNL spoke 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 was 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.

I, Bob Scott, had never realized how the fuel rods in a nuclear reactor had different levels of enfichment depending on their placement in the reactor core.

The March 10 speaker 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 Amy Howard. Described the UT Solar House—A Prototype of Zero-Energy Living and told how the home did in competition. 
 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 hot-water production, third in energy-efficient appliances, and fifth in architecture. The house would have done much better if the scoring for cost had been done differently. The house is on wheels and can be shown in other places easily.

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


The March 24 meeting was an impromptu discussion about the future of the Technical Society. If we are to continue weekly meetings, the society needs members who will each take a month to arrange for speakers.

The society has had similar periods in the past.

From the Technical Society history “H. H. Hale, Society president in 1933, described himself as a ‘hard times president,’ who with ‘a baker’s dozen struggled to keep the Society alive.’ Then, said Hale, ‘TVA came into the picture and our interests, membership, activities, and finances received some blood transfusions.’”

We currently need the attention and participation of all the technical community to make the Technical Society effective.


On March 31, 2014 Becky Ashe,  Principal of the L&N STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Academy and STEM Coordinator for the PK-12 Knox County School system as well, was speaker. The STEM Academy is now in it’s third year of operation.
Her school is also the lead platform school in the STEMspark East TN STEM Innovation Hub, part of the TN STEM Innovation Network.

She described the school and some of the innovative ways of teaching.
She discussed progress and plans at the L&N STEM Academy as well as a system wide assessment of STEM exposure in all schools. She seems particularly pleased to have an experiment from a Knox County Student on the International Space Station this September.

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.

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 led the feasibility study and the design group that put together the L&N STEM Academy.

 


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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.

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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

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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.