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November 2016 Technical Society Program

The current East Tennessee hot dry weather is a reminder that the USA must be a leader in reducing the carbon dioxide in the air and harnessing water power is a good way to reduce our need for burning fossil fuels.

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet at the Crowne Plaza at 11:30 a.m on November 14, 2016 . The speaker will be Dr. Boualem Hadjerioua, Deputy Water Power Program Manager & Senior Research Engineer, Environmental Science Division , ORNL. The title of his presentation will be “Potential Hydropower Expansion in the U.S.” (PDH)
Dr. Hadjerioua has spoken on this and similar topics in many places and this is an opportunity to get some perspective on an important underused energy source.

His current responsibilities include Leading and conventional hydropower projects(sic) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the Department of Energy (DOE). Specific responsibilities focus on developing technologies, decision-support tools, and methods of analysis that enable holistic management of water-dependent energy infrastructure and natural resources, in support of DOE-EE, Federal Hydropower agencies, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), energy producers and other entities.
He has been educated in a variety of places: A.A.S., Contemporary Management Business Dept., Roane State Community College; Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.S., University of Arizona ; and B.S., National Polytechnic School of Algiers.
His listed current projects are
Task Force Leader: Technology and Performance Hydropower U.S. Department of Energy Vision Project
Represent the United States Department of Energy in the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Assess and evaluate New Small Hydro Technology and Innovative Research
Modular Pumped Storage Hydropower (m-PSH) Economic Viability Analysis.
Collaborating with Federal hydropower agencies and research teams on several projects
Collaborating with Academia and Federal Hydropower Agencies on R&D Water Quality Modeling project
Lead the United States expert team with South East Asia countries, supporting U S DOI, State Department and DOE Office of Asian Affairs

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2016 in Meetings

 

October 2016 Technical Society Program

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet at the Crowne Plaza at 11:30 a.m. October 3, 2016. Please note that this is the FIRST Monday of October and NOT the second Monday.

The speaker will be Erin Gill, the Director of Sustainability at the City of Knoxville. The title of her talk will be “Thinking Globally: Reflections on Cities’ Roles in Tackling Climate Change.” (PDH). 

It is beginning to dawn on the world that people cannot treat the earth as if it is infinite and unchanging and instead people can and have and are continuing to make earth wide changes in the oceans, atmosphere and land – that must be reversed. Changes that are world wide have to start with local changes in a myriad of places. The City of Knoxville appears to be taking a leadership role among the cities. This is an opportunity to learn of the needs and consider how the Technical Society can contribute. There is a lot of activity in Knoxville right now.

Erin Gill worked several years for the City of Knoxville starting in 2008. She left the city and obtained a masters degree in environmental management from Yale. Her Master’s Project was a Renewable Portfolio Standard Policy Assessment for the Tennessee Solar Energy Industries Association. She has worked for New York city, ICF International,Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, US EPA and Georgia Power and returned to Knoxville in 2013. She has bachelors degree from Notre Dame in history.
One of her references on Linkedin said “Erin takes initiative. She’s a great partner to have on any project because she can quickly assess situations, find innovative solutions, and build and maintain the relationships needed to implement those solutions over time. Her management of Knoxville’s Solar America City grant helped grow Knoxville’s solar capacity from around 15 kilowatts to over 1 megawatt in two years time.”

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Meetings

 

August 2016 Technical Society News

On August 8, 2016 Barry Thacker gave an excellent presentation on the history of Coal Creek. He came dressed as a person from the past and told the story from that person’s perspective. The presentation was well done.

Inexpensive natural gas and stringent government regulations are killing the traditional economy of coal-mining communities in Tennessee. What hope of survival do residents of these communities have? We all need to be thinking of a future when there will be no fossil fuels extracted from the ground, there will be no subsistence farmers and manufacturing will be done by sophisticated robots.

As the founder of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit watershed-restoration group. Mr. Thacker has emphasized education. To give us an idea of the importance of education he brought a former student, Kyle Leinart, who is co-founder and systems/software developer at ImmersaCAD in Knoxville, TN. Kyle was the recipient of the 2011 Nantglo Scholarship from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation and he has used his education well and is now co-patent holder on a portable virtual reality device with One-Touch Navigation™, which enables architectural and engineering CAD drawings to be viewed in virtual reality. This is not even close to describing the device! Mr. Leinart demonstrated the device and I, secretary Bob Scott, could understand Samuel Morse’s message “ What hath God wrought?” Go to http://immersacad.com/ to learn more.
We sometimes fail to realize the quality of speakers we have at the Technical Society meetings. I said in the meeting announcements that Barry Thacker was a recipient of the prestigious Hoover Medal bestowed by an international consortium of engineering societies. What I didn’t say was that among other recipients have been Edgar Kaiser, Dwight Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter and Steve Wozniak.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in News

 

September 2016 Technical Society Program

On September 12, 2016. The speaker will be Dan Stout, Senior Manager, Small Modular Reactors (SMR), Tennessee Valley Authority. The title of Mr. Stout’s presentation will be “Small Modular Reactors: Challenges and Path Forward”(PDH).

TVA is considering additional nuclear reactors as part of their future power options. This presentation will be valuable to anyone who is concerned with the future of our planet. The earth will stop emitting CO2 from burning fossil fuels into the atmosphere in the near future. How soon will TVA stop burning fossil fuels? What part will nuclear energy play in the future? What are the plans and studies of one of the largest power producers in the world?
 
Dan Stout is responsible for nuclear project development including managing the scope, schedule, budget and business planning associated with licensing and potentially deploying SMRs at TVA’s Clinch River Site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Mr. Stout has over 29 years of experience in the nuclear energy sector.  He joined the TVA in 2009 and became responsible for TVA’s SMR program in 2012.
Prior to TVA, Mr. Stout served as Director, Nuclear Fuel Recycling at the Department of Energy where he was responsible for planning and policy development regarding nuclear fuel recycling.  From 1991 to 2006, Mr. Stout worked in the uranium enrichment industry predominantly at USEC Inc., with responsibility for R&D, engineering, and licensing of advanced uranium enrichment technologies and facilities.
From 1985-1991 Mr. Stout served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer.  He also served in the Naval Reserves in the Naval Special Warfare community from 1991-2007, retiring as a Commander. Mr. Stout graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985.  He received his Masters Degree in Engineering Management from the National Technological University in 1997.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Meetings

 

STEM professional volunteers needed

Hi All,

I hope this message finds you well. I have two needs I wanted to share with you.

1. We are looking for STEM professionals to present some type of career based engaging activity to a group of their middle school students. This would be on a Friday from 8:25 – 8:55. We need someone for each of the following months – October, November, December, January, March, April and May. If you are interested please let me know.

2. November 8th is Knox County Schools District Learning Day – the district science supervisor is putting together a “Science Playground” and has asked for help finding community STEM professionals to host a table with an activity for teachers to complete. I know I have already spoken with a few of you about this so please forgive the repetition. The time will most likely be 9:30 – 10:30am, that will be confirmed ASAP. Please let me know if you are able to host a table.

Thank you,

Haley Holt

STEMSpark Director

401 Henley Street

Knoxville, TN 37902

865.242.9821

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2016 in Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2016 Technical Society program

We all need to be thinking of a future when there will be no fossil fuels extracted from the ground, there will be no subsistence farmers and manufacturing will be done by sophisticated robots. What will people do and what will need to change for a future that will be very different compared to today?

Inexpensive natural gas and stringent government regulations are killing the traditional economy of coal-mining communities in Tennessee. What hope of survival do residents of these communities have? The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on August 8, 2016 will have Barry Thacker, PE, and Kyle Leinart speaking on the topic “Addressing economic problems in the Cumberlands—one student at a time.”

Barry Thacker, PE, is a principal engineer at Schnabel Engineering, in Knoxville, TN. He is also the founder of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit watershed-restoration group. Mr. Thacker holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in civil engineering from the University of Louisville. He is a recipient of the prestigious Hoover Medal bestowed by an international consortium of engineering societies, the joint ASCE/GBA Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award, and the Governor’s Outstanding Tennessean Award. McGraw-Hill’s Engineering News-Record magazine named Barry one of construction’s top-25 newsmakers in 2013.

Kyle Leinart is co-founder and systems/software developer at ImmersaCAD in Knoxville, TN. He is the recipient of the 2011 Nantglo Scholarship from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Leinart is co-patent holder on a portable virtual reality device with One-Touch Navigation™, which enables architectural and engineering CAD drawings to be viewed in virtual reality.

 
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January 2016 TSK News

 
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January 2016 TSK Program

The January 11, 2016 meeting will have  Stephen Levy, Technical Director, State Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society as speaker. The title of his presentation will be  “Making Solar Energy More Valuable”.(PDH)

Stephen Levy was educated at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 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.

Steve also served as Chief of the Army Pulse Power Center and was one of the founders of the Electrical Power program used in the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars” program.

His expertise is Megawatt Electronics. He is the inventor of the “All-Electric Tank” concept for the U.S. Army and has consulted on all aspects of advanced technologies from idea creations to product acceptance; created teams to collaborate on joint projects; managed large programs that go beyond the limits of conventional technology; and submitted winning competitive bids. He is able to “see the big picture,” to know the direction in which technology needs to move.

An installation ceremony for Technical Society officers for 2016 will be held at this meeting. The officers for 2016 are

president Ev Engstrom

vice president Wolf Naegeli

treasurer Jean Pierre Granju

secretary  Bob Scott

past president  Joe Carson

directors

Walter Wunderlich

Luther Alcorn

Peter Scheffler

Wayne Loveday

Steve Levy

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Meetings

 

December 2015 TSK News

The December 7, 2015 Technical Society of Knoxville speaker was Jeff Munsey, a geophysicist with the TVA Dam Safety Engineering Services Group. The title of his presentation was “TVA dams on karstic foundations” (PDH).

Jeffrey W Munsey is a seismologist at the Tennessee Valley Authority. The laege TVA dams on karst formations were well done and the caverns beneath the dams were cleaned out and filled with concrete.

On December 14, 2015 Harvey Abouelata, President of ARiES Energy was speaker. His talk concentrated on solid waste disposal. 220,000 tons of waste go to our landfills each year at a cost of $50 per ton.

By gasifying waste his facility can reduce costs to $30 per ton and sell biochar which has value.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Meetings

 

April 2016 Technical Society Program

“Coal mine permitting in Tennessee: highlights and issues”

The pressures from inexpensive natural gas on one side and environmental concerns on the other side and the demand for coal from China combine to make the coal mining industry a topic of interest. The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on April 11, 2016 will have Earl Bandy and William Winters speaking on the topic “Coal mine permitting in Tennessee: highlights and issues”.(PDH)
Mr. Earl Bandy is Director, Knoxville Field Office Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE). Mr. Bandy has nearly 40 years of experience in various fields related to surface coal mining and reclamation. He has served as an inspector, investigator, manager and director for Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement/Department of Interior (OSMRE). Mr. Bandy is well experienced in implementing enforcement procedures, creating innovative settlement agreements, establishing long term treatment trusts, advising agencies on bankruptcy proceedings, and serving as an expert witness. Mr. Bandy is a member of the CPCRI Steering Committee. He enjoys his volunteer work with Knox County Master Gardeners, gardening and fishing.
He has a B.S. In Mining and Reclamation from Lincoln Memorial University.
William Winters has been with the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE-HPA) since 2001, He has worked four years as a consulting hydrogeologist and he has seven years of regulatory experience with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He has been an Instructor for Permitting Hydrology, Quantitative Hydrogeology, and Testing and Analysis of Aquifers Characteristics with AQTESOLV ( only he knows what that is).
Mr. Winters has a B.A., in Geology from Edinboro University and a M.S in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2016 in Meetings