March 2015 Technical Society Programs

Jack McElroy, the Knoxville News Sentinel editor, will be the guest speaker for the Technical Society of Knoxville on March 9, 2015. The title of his talk will be  “How Scientists and Engineers Can Contribute More to Public Dialog in the Knoxville Area”. The historic role of the  Technical Society of Knoxville has been very much geared to Mr. McElroy’s topic and we are presently addressing the role of the Technical Society for the future.

The News Sentinel provides a valuable service by announcing the Technical Society meetings in eachSunday’s business section.

February 2015 Technical Society Programs

The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on February 23, 2015 will be a report from an ad hoc committee and a determination of the future of the Technical Society of Knoxville. All current members are urged to attend and any former members or interested people are welcome.

The Technical Society of Knoxville will not meet on February 16.

The Technical Society of Knoxville speaker on February 9, 2015 will be Dr. Olaf Storaasli , NASA’s Finite-Element Machine developer, Supercomputer Pioneer and author of novel computation algorithms (i.e., GPS*) for current & future HPC systems harnessing accelerators (FPGAs & GPUs) to enable science discovery (i.e. rapid solution of large matrix systems).(PDH)

Dr Storaasli will describe past, present and future Supercomputers and applications they solve. Based on his NASA and ORNL research, he’ll project the future (ExaFLOP): architecture, software and performance enabling breakthrough scientific discoveries and “trickle down” spinoff to servers, PCs & laptops.

Dr Storaasli received a B.A. in Physics, Mathematics & French (Concordia College, 1964), M.A. in Mathematics (USD,1966), Ph.D in Engineering Mechanics (NCSU, 1970) and post-doc fellowships: NTNU (1984–85), University of Edinburgh (2008). He led the hardware, software and applications teams’ successful development of one of NASA’s 1st parallel computers, the Finite element machine and developed rapid matrix equation algorithms to exploit accelerators (FPGAs) to solve science and engineering applications. He is recognized by American Men and Women of Science, Marquis Who’s Who, and NASA, Cray, Intel and Concordia College awards. NASA Awards include Viking Mars Lander design and Engineering Analysis (IPAD, RIM, HPC, FPGA, SPAR, FEM, Space Shuttle SRB and NASA Software-of-the-year).

The Technical Society of Knoxville speakers on February 2, 2015 will be Dr. Eric R. Wade, assistant Professor in the University of Tennessee mechanical engineering department and Yasser Ashraf Gandomi , a graduate student in mechanical engineering and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME ) student chapter president .
Eric is a strong believer in the importance in the integral role of practical experience in the training of engineers. During this talk, along with Yasser Ashraf Gandomi, he will discuss how this plays a role in the activities of the UT professional societies.
They will speak about the student ASME Chapter at the University of Tennessee: “Introduction of the University of Tennessee American Society of Engineers: Leveraging East Tennessee Expertise”.
Eric has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering , a dual M.S. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and postdoctoral fellowships in Computer Science and Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at USC before joining UT as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include developing and applying engineering techniques to outstanding problems in medical health, with a particular focus on wearable sensors, ambient monitoring, and motor rehabilitation.

 

Future Technical Society Programs

March 2, 2015  Bob Scott and Wolf Naegeli will lead a discussion on electric automobiles. Bob has a Ford Fusion plug in hybrid. Wolf has a Nissan Leaf. Other contributions may be included.

March 9, 2015  Jack McElroy, the Knoxville News Sentinel editor, will be the speaker. The title of his talk will be “How Scientists And Engineers Can Contribute MoreTo Public Dialog In The Knoxville area”

March 16, 2015   Matt Wakefield, The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI), will talk about the “Smart Grid”. The stability and capability of the power transmission grid are crucial issues.

March 23, 2015  James R. Hagerman, P.E  Director of Engineering , City of Knoxville will be the speaker

March 30, 2015  Update on the reorganization of the Technical Society of Knoxville

April 6, 2015  David Butler, director of Knoxville Museum of Art will be the speaker.

April13, 2015  Steve Levy

April 20, 2015  TBA

April 27, 2015  David Dewhirst, Owner, Dewhirst Properties., will give his “Thoughts about downtown (and other matters).”

May 4, 2015  TBA

May 11, 2015  TBA

 

May 18, 2015  TBA

 

May 25, 2015  TBA

 

 

January 2015 TSK News

The Technical Society of Knoxville  met on January 5, 2015 to determine the future of the Technical society. Is there still a need for a voice of authority on technology matters in the public interest? The weekly meetings will continue until the end of February and the society will determine it’s future in response to the ad hoc committee report.
On January 12, 2015. David Nowak , a field application engineer with Bridgelux was the speaker. The title of his talk was “What Is Light and Why Do You Care?” It was an explanation of how different sources “create” light and how your eyes interpret colors differently from those sources. The LED lights produce a mainly blue light and phosphors are used to get different spectra that are more pleasing or better for different environments. He referred to the Illumination Engineering Society  standards. Look for CRI >80 and gamma 80 to 100  or class A lights for good indoor lighting. Blue headlights on automobiles help keep us awake and blue lights at home- particularly tablets- tend to keep you awake. It was a very informative talk.
David is a graduate of Kettering University. Here is a link to his professional details:   www.linkedin.com/in/DavidNowak.
The Technical Society meeting on January 26, 2015 had John Derek Faulconer, Principal of the new Knox County Schools Career Magnet Academy as the speaker. The school is “ Project Based and focusing on Career Pathways. Reinventing secondary Ed”. Pellissippi State Community College has moved in to a major part of  a sprawling 18-acre campus  with 221,194 square feet of floor space that once housed Philips Consumer Electronics’ North American headquarters. The abundance of resources has led to an innovative educational synthesis. The new Career Magnet Academy shares the facility at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike with Pellissippi State Community College.  The school is recruiting 125 freshmen a year from all over Knox county. The students learn hands on skills along with their academic work. The school has no athletic programs but they do plan to be a factor in  the  robot competition. Students can get college credit for some classes and can graduate from high school with a year of college credit.
John believes that an “education” is an individuals pursuit of knowledge, where by gaining that knowledge, empowers the individual to make life changes that increase his or her chance at becoming successful in life and he is attempting to instill that attitude in his students.

January 2015 Technical Society Programs

The Technical Society meeting on January 26, 2015 will have John Derek Faulconer, Principal of the new Knox County Schools Career Magnet Academy as the speaker. The school is “ Project Based and focusing on Career Pathways. Reinventing secondary Ed”.
Pellissippi State Community College has moved in to a major part of  a sprawling 18-acre campus  with 221,194 square feet of floor space that once housed Philips Consumer Electronics’ North American headquarters. The abundance of resources has led to an innovative educational synthesis. The new Career Magnet Academy shares the facility at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike with Pellissippi State Community College.
I, Bob Scott, TSK secretary, toured the facility during the Pellissippi State Community College 40 year anniversary celebration and I recommend  this opportunity to attend a presentation on the school to anyone interested in the education programs in this region. I was very impressed with the school and with the interaction with Pellissippi State

 

On January 12, 2015. David Nowak , a field application engineer with Bridgelux will be the speaker. The title of his talk will be “What Is Light and Why Do You Care?” It is an explanation of how different sources “create” light and how your eyes interpret colors differently from those sources. With the introduction of LED lighting, there has been a lot of jargon thrown around in an attempt to let the consumer know what type of light is being produced by the product being purchased.  This is a presentation designed for all levels of expertise to explain what the terms mean, where they come from and why would someone care about them. (PDH)

Bridgelux is expanding the market for light emitting diode (LED) technologies through its high performance, energy efficient, easy to integrate Solid State Lighting (SSL) solutions, and by driving down the cost of LED lighting systems.

The replacement of incandescent light bulbs with LEDs is a revolution in our time and the Technical Society members can play an important role in  educating the public since the impending demise of the familiar incandescent light bulb has generated a backlash. David is selling a greatly improved light source but has to overcome lack of understanding, inertia and prejudice- not an easy task.

David is a graduate of Kettering University. Here is a link to his professional details:   www.linkedin.com/in/DavidNowak
The Technical Society of Knoxville luncheon meeting at the Crowne Plaza at 11:30 a.m. on January 5, 2015 will be a meeting to determine the future of the Technical society. Proposals to make the Technical Society an umbrella technology organization will be considered. The leadership of the society for the coming year will be determined.
After 93 years the Technical Society is having a midlife crisis. The society relied on TVA engineers for many years and the dearth of TVA engineers across the streeet has reduced the number of attendees at Technical Society meetings and the number of active participants.
Is there still a need for a voice of authority on technology matters in the public interest? Our building codes should be revised because earthquakes are more likely than we thought in the past (refer to TSK meeting on July 21, 2014). Global warming is an issue crying for clear explanation to the public. (refer to TSK meeting on September 2, 2014). The issues with biotechnology are just beginning. Technology is moving so fast only the Technical Society members who meet weekly with experts can keep some perspective.
There are many people in our area with understanding and experience who can contribute to the Technical Society and their contribution is needed.
The Technical Society will meet on January 5, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza on SummitHill Drive in downtown Knoxville. Complimentary self parking is available in the hotel garage. Meeting attendees will receive a token for exiting the garage without charge after the meeting. Members and guests may begin arriving around 11:30 and go through the buffet line. Cost is $13 per person. The meeting will start at 11:50 and end at 1:00. Visitors are welcome.
All Technical Society members are urged to attend this meeting and encourage potential members to consider contributing to the Knoxville area by participating in the Technical Society.

For more information contact Bob Scott, secretary, at 690-0705  or rrscott3@aol.com.

December 2014 TSK News

December 1, 2014   Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation was 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. They work collaboratively to preserve our area’s extraordinary natural resources, and to expand parks, trails, and greenways.
On December 8, 2014 The Technical Society began discussions about the future of the Society.
On December 15, 2014 the Technical Society appointed an ad hoc committee to explore making the Technical Society an umbrella organization. Committee members are Joe Carson, Ev Engstrom,  Bob Hill, Wolf Naegeli, and Walter Wunderlich.
The weekly meetings will be continued until the ad hoc committee makes it’s report.

December 2014 TSK Programs

December 15, 2014 The Technical Society will elect officers for 2015. The future of the society will be determined by these December 15, 2014 discussions. Changes in society mission and meeting frequency will be discussed and a decision on 2015 meetings will be reached.The Technical Society will also discuss sending a letter to congressman Duncan regarding professional ethics.

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

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.

 

 

November 2014 TSK News

November 3, 2014 Dr. Omer C. Onar, Weinberg Fellow. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was speaker.
His topic was ”Wireless Power Charging of Electric Vehicles”.
This is an important topic which will be very important in the future !
Wireless power transfer (WPT) 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 efficiency is amazingly good.
On November 10, 2014 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 was speaker.
She discussed  “urban forests” and the type of trees that grow in the cities.
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.  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 Technical Society of Knoxville speaker for November 17, 2014  was Tom Berg, CNS, LLC, Y12 National Nuclear Complex. The title of his presentation was “ How to License a Technology from a Government Facility”
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.  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 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 1014 TSK News

The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on October 6, 2014 was  an open meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville board of directors.
All members were asked to attend. The Technical Society of Knoxville needs to determine its’ direction for the coming years.
October 13 no meeting for Columbus Day
Joseph P. Carson spoke to the Technical Society on October 20, 2014.
Joe Carson is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and nuclear safety engineer at DOE.
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). Joe would like TSK to consider contacting Congressman Duncan expressing interest in his concerns and their resolution.
The Techniiety of Knoxville Speaker for October 27, 2014  was Marcus Weseman of Oak Ridge Associated Universities  speaking on “Reducing Energy Use by Increasing Weatherization of Residential Housing.”