December 2014 TSK Programs

December 1, 2014   Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation will be the speaker.
Legacy Parks Foundation, an East Tennessee non-profit organization, works to ensure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come.

December 8, 2014 The Technical Society will discuss sending a letter to congressman Duncan regarding professional ethics.

 

November 2014 TSK Programs

November 24 No Meeting

November 17  The Technical Society of Knoxville speaker for November 17, 2014  will be Tom Berg, CNS, LLC, Y12 National Nuclear Complex. The title of his presentation will be “ How to License a Technology from a Government Facility”(PDH)

Tom has a long history working with technology and doing technology transfer.  Included in this history is working for several technology –based start-up companies and a number of medium and large corporations.  Along his career trajectory he has worked for Lockheed Martin Aerospace, OHM Construction, Siemens, Promega Biotech, M4-Environmental, B&W LLC and now CNS, LLC.  He has had the opportunity to manage R&D operations, Technology Transfer Groups, and project management on medium and large construction and technology projects.  He has more than 30 year’s experience in technology related activities.

November 10, 2014 will have Kimberly (Kim) Davis, Ph.D., P.E., Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Society-Technology Interactions Science Team in the Environmental Sciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as speaker.
Her topic will be “Assessing Public Support of Urban Forest Protection”

Trees in urban and suburban areas (“urban forest”) are becoming increasingly important for regional ecosystem functional capacity as the proportion of the population that is urban-dwelling grows. However, a community that values urban trees must ultimately be present if community planners wish to gain traction in garnering support for urban forest protection policies. In this case study of Knox County, Tennessee, a model was tested that examined the relationship between community willingness to support higher levels of urban forest protection, and various indices measuring homeowners’ “Sense of Place.” The contribution of this study’s model to the policy-making arena is to offer a method to guide locally-based urban tree canopy management processes.

Kim Davis is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the Society-Technology Interactions Science Team in the Environmental Sciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, working on a U.S. Department of Energy funded project examining environmental and health risks associated with synthetic biology research and development. Previously, Dr. Davis was a consulting environmental engineer with Spectra Tech, Inc. in Oak Ridge, TN and a Research Associate at the University of Tennessee, where she studied the human dimensions of natural resource management. Dr. Davis received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UT specializing in Environmental Sociology, and also holds engineering degrees from Clemson University: a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering. She is a certified Professional Engineer in Tennessee, New Mexico, and Colorado.

 

 

 

The Technical Society of Knoxville program for November 3, 2014 will have DR. Omer C. Onar, Weinberg Fellow. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, as speaker.

The topic will be ”Wireless Power Charging of Electric Vehicles”.(PDH)

This is an important topic which will be very important in the future !

Wireless power transfer (WPT) which is a paradigm shift in electric-vehicle (EV) charging that offers the consumer an autonomous, safe, and convenient option to conductive charging and its attendant need for cables. WPT can be fully autonomous due to the vehicle and grid side radio communication systems, and is non-contacting; therefore issues with leakage currents, ground faults, and touch potentials do not exist.The convenience of WPT cannot be overstated. The over-arching goal for WPT is minimization of vehicle on-board complexity  and eventually, with in-motion deployment of WPT, the ultimate in electric vehicle operation with unlimited range; dynamic wireless charging.

Omer Onar received his Ph.D. degree from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Electrical Engineering, in July 2010, Chicago, IL. In July 2010, he was awarded the distinguished Alvin M. Weinberg Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), where he joined the Power Electronics and Electric Machinery Group.
As a child in Istanbul, Turkey, Omer Onar told people he wanted to be an astronaut. His passion for science evolved into a more earthly area—cars. Onar now works with power electronics and electric vehicles in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Electrical & Electronics Systems Research Division. His research interests cover transportation electrification, wireless power transfer systems, and renewable energies.
Onar and his team received the Energy and Transportation Science Division’s Significant Event Award for accomplishing the world’s first dynamic wireless charging system with coils. Onar’s team also won a Department of Energy grant for “Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles,” resulting in $11.8 million of funding over three years through the Vehicle Technologies Office.

October 2014 TSK programs

The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on October 6, 2014 will be an open meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville board of directors.
All members are asked to attend. The Technical Society of Knoxville needs to determine its’ direction for the coming years.
Please be prepared to offer your thoughts and desires on the goals, programs and leadership of the society.

October 13 no meeting for Columbus Day

Joseph P. Carson will speak to the Technical Society on October 20, 2014.

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 is now engaged in an over 2 decades-long task to defend and advance the profession of engineering, its code of ethics and the public health and safety,  (see www.broken-covenant.org for a 3 minute video that summarizes it).

Congressman John Duncan told him that if  more constituents would contact his office  it would give him more reason and ability to address the concerns that Joe has raised. Joe would like TSK to consider contacting Congressman Duncan expressing interest in his concerns and their resolution.
Joe has taken engineering ethics seriously and has courageously reported DOE failures at the risk of serious retribution – which he has endured. The entire technical and scientific community should hear Joe and each person should judge for themselves what action should be taken.

The Techniiety of Knoxville Speaker for October 27, 2014 will be  Marcus Weseman, Vice President and Senior Associate Director for Health, Energy, and Environment; Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)cal Soc

The Program Topic will be “Reducing Energy Use by Increasing Weatherization of Residential Housing.”

Increasing the effectiveness of the energy conservation program in the US requires a number of coordinated initiatives including
-increasing the number of buildings that are retrofitted
-increasing the size and competencies of the weatherization workforce
-increasing the number of weatherization training programs
-increasing the effectiveness of weatherization training and assurance that their graduates are fully competent; this requires independent, third party accreditation of  training programs
-establishing a career ladder for workers so that technicians can see a series of well-defined job categories with a clear progression to higher level, better paying positions.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. In this presentation, Mr. Weseman will provide an overview of the national programs established by the Department of Energy (DOE) over the last 5 years and how the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has supported those interrelated initiatives.  He manages the ORAU support to an ongoing DOE initiative to expand the building weatherization workforce as part of the DOE national energy conservation program.

Mr. Weseman holds a master of public administration and a masters degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and a BA in communications from Western Michigan University.

Meeting of Interest to Technical Community

Ben Ealey, the current membership development chairman for IEEE East-Tennessee has announced an upcoming networking event on September 29, 2014  at Bearden Beer Market (near the Bearden Kroger). Parking is available across the street by Ice Chalet in the parking lot behind the strip mall.
This meeting is oriented to revitalize young professionals in the area and help them develop a network of peers and it is open to engineers of all disciplines and people interested in technical issues. Bring a stack of business cards.
Guests are welcome but they must register because space is limited. If you can attend, please RSVP here:

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28531

September 2014 TSK News

On September 8, 2014 ”The Manhattan Project- Part Two” was  the topic of the presentation by Ted Lundy. Ted taught at the University of Tennessee College of Engineering before joining the metallurgy division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1957.
The Manhattan Project was and still is unequaled in almost everything about it and it holds a special place in the imagination. Ted also served on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).
On September 15 The Technical Society toured the Wampler Farm which is converting biomass into hydrocarbons and is attempting to be energy independent. The Wampler Farm installation is the first commercial installation of the Proton 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. Wamplers also has a large solar power installation.
Ted Wampler also threw in a tour of the sausage making facility and the tour guests consensus  seemed to be that they would buy Wampler sausage in the future.
September 22, 2014  Isa Infante, the Green Party candidate for governor of Tennessee in the November 2014 election spoke about her campaign against Governor Haslam. She has some support but limited financial resources ( as does TSK secretary Bob Scott who is running for US Representative.)
The September 29, 2014 meeting program was  presented by Melissa Allen, a postdoctoral researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The title of her presentation was “Impacts of Climate Change on Energy Infrastructure”. She has done extensive work on the subject and made county level predictions for many parameters. This was a very informative talk and it engenderer concerned discussion. I, Bob Scott, will never look at power lines again without wondering if they are sagging because they are hot from carrying a current overload.
Alberta Collignon died on September 26, 2014.  She was the wife of honorary Technical Society member  Robert F. Collignon,

September 2014 Technical Society Programs

The Technical Society of Knoxville speaker for September 29, 2014 will be Melissa Allen. She is a postdoctural researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The title of her presentation will be “Impacts of Climate Change on Energy Infrastructure”.

Climate change will cause human population shifts, change the topology of built infrastructures, and change the locations of energy supply and demand. Thus, Infrastructures will evolve to accommodate new load centers while some parts of the network are abandoned, and these changes will drive regional convergence and create emerging vulnerabilities that will require integrated approaches and high-resolution data for local decision makers.

Melissa Allen holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and  a PhD from UT in Energy Science and Engineering. Her work with scientists at both Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee has included global modeling and analysis of atmospheric species transport, statistical and dynamical downscaling of various climate model output, analysis of direct and indirect effects of climate change on electricity demand, and consideration of climate change issues that impact the evolution of the electrical grid.

She also has a Bachelor of Music Education (Violin) degree from the  University of Northern Colorado.

The following are titles of some of the presentations she has participated in:
“The influence of internal model variability in GEOS-5 on interhemispheric CO2 exchange.”
“21st Century Changes in Regional Species Transport Due to Climate Change in RCP 4.5 and 8.5 Scenarios.”
“Regional and local greenhouse gas and reactive atmospheric chemistry and the evolving physical climate system.” ,
“4D Flow Visualization and Analysis for 21st Century Decadal Wind.” “Monthly Anthropogenic CO2 Fluxes: Impacts on the Atmospheric CO2 Seasonal Cycle and Implications for Models of the Terrestrial Biosphere.”

The September 22, 2014 speaker will be Isa Infante, the Green Party
candidate for governor of Tennessee in the November 2014 election.
She has a Ph.D. in political science (B.A. and Ph.D at the University of California; M.A. at Yale) and a law degree (Northeastern School of Law in Boston).
Her professional experience has included teaching political science at the university level, an academic deanship, working for the U.S. Department of Education and also at the White House in Washington D.C. She has been a consultant to a wide range of legal, political, community, and international development organizations and has been on the Board of Directors of organizations in cities where she resided, She has owned several small businesses and has been elected to public service in New York, California and Connecticut.
She was born in the Dominican Republic of Puerto Rican and Dominican parents and arrived in the USA in 1945 at the age of three.She was raised in the Bronx, N.Y. and California and has traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad. Since arriving in Tennessee in 1986 she traveled with her former Bluegrass band and after arriving in Knoxville in 1991 she traveled internationally with a one-woman show.

On September 15 The Technical Society will tour the Wampler Farm which is converting biomass into hydrocarbons and is attempting to be energy independent. . We will meet at the Crowne Plaza for lunch and then drive to the farm. RSVP
On September 8, 2014 Ted Lundy will be the speaker. His topic will be    ”The Manhattan Project- Part Two”.
Ted is very interested in the Manhattan project and he has been in a position to learn about it. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree in metallurgy, and a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is also a 1958 graduate of the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology. He taught at the University of Tennessee College of Engineering before joining the metallurgy division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1957. During 1965-66, he was at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, Solid State Physics Division. He retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1988 but soon after joined the Tennessee Tech Center for  Manufacturing, becoming its director in 1989 and retiring from that position in 2000.
He spoke in December 2013 about the beginning of the atomic age and this is a continuation.
The Manhattan Project was and still is unequaled in almost everything about it and it holds a special place in the imagination. The  first supervisor of Bob Scott (TSK secretary) 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. But the people who spent the most money were the most productive people.” It was unique.
Ted is a Knoxville resident. In the 1970s he was twice elected to the Knox County Court representing the Cedar Bluff/Farragut area. He also served on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).

 

 

 

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.