The first meeting of 2009, on January 5, will have a packed program. At 12:00 noon sharp we
will install the 2009 Board. This will be followed by a 50-minute PDH on the new computer facility in Oak Ridge. So please be at the meeting place by or shortly after 11:30 so that you have time for lunch, for acclaiming the new board, and for an informative presentation about the new ORNL super-computer.
The 2009 Board is as follows:
- President: Ely Driver. Holds an M.S. in civil engineering, former chief of the TVA Engineering Laboratory, and former department head at Pellissippi State Technical Community College (PSTCC).
- 1. Vice President: Tim Moran. Holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Works for Bechtel Power Corp., Knoxville.
- 2. Vice President: Berny Ilgner. Holds a B.S. in Geology. Is Principal Scientist with ARCADIS U.S., Inc. Active in environmental management.
- Director: Steve Levy. Holds B.S and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and engineering physics; is a consultant with interest in solar power and other means of electricity production.
- Director Bob Scott III. A retired professor of chemistry at PSTCC, former president of TSK, and political activist.
- Immediate Past President: Jean-Pierre Granju. Holds dgrees from Ponts et Chaussee, Paris, and a M.S. degree in civil engineering. Is executive director of Foreign Language Academy, Knoxville.
- Sec./Treas.: Walter Wunderlich. Holds equivalents to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Karlsruhe, Germany, and is a consultant.
The year 2009 begins with great expectations. The key word is CHANGE. There are important social, political and science problems that need to be addressed and solved in the course of this
change that have been lying dormant for a while. Examples are health care, poverty mitigation, immigration, blight of animals and plants whose habitats are threatened by climate change and pest invasions, population explosion mostly in the developing countries, and population migrations to this country that are the consequence of overcrowding and resource over-use and over-consumption
in many parts of the world. Mass migrations from impoverished or backward areas to areas of opportunity are not new in human history and their neglect or mishandling is historically known as having destroyed more than one empire just in the last two-thousand years. A straight forward technical solution like building a wall to separate the haves
from the have-nots will not do. It better be a virtual wall of self-sufficiency that keeps voracious consumers from reaching out and consuming a good deal of the common resources that the world has produced over geologic ages. This is an area were engineers of all disciplines are called upon to contribute. But I am afraid that the more we change the more we stay the same. To change from a profligate consumer society to a conscientious user society within a few short years does not seem likely unless there are severe constraints that force it to happen.