On April 2, Bruce Glanville spoke. Bruce is 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 April 9 speaker was George Korda. In his communications career George Korda has been a military journalist in Europe, a newspaper reporter in Florida, and a Tennesse campaign press secretary, public relations practitioner and spokesman for city and state governments. These roles have enabled him to see and work in the media and in politics from all vantage points. This experience is useful in his roles as political analyst for WATE-TV, Saturday morning talk show host for WNOX AM&FM and columnist for Knoxnews.com. Korda is president of Korda Communications, a Knoxville-based public relations and communications firm. It is always entertaining to hear George.
In watching debates George advised us to listen for three things:
1.” the fact of the matter” is a sign he has prepared for this question.
2.“ uh…..uh” means he is not prepared.
3. See if the answer fits the question.
The April 16 speaker was Matt Ledford, Soil Conservationist with the Knoxville Field Office of the Knox County Soil Conservation District.
The title of the presentation was “Principles of
Matt serves as Soil Conservationist for Knox County. Working in cooperation with the Soil Conservation District
and the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service he has served the private landowners of Knox County by delivering interdisciplinary agriculture, natural resources conservation, and technical consultation. He is a certified NRCS – Tennessee Conservation Planner and an active member of numerous inter-agency committees and partnerships whose primary objective is to simultaneously maximize environmental quality and agricultural production.
On April 23rd Berny Ilgner and his ARCADIS colleague Jeff Gillow presented the program. Their topic was “Characterization and Remediation of Metals in Groundwater Associated with Coal Combustion Products”.
Regulatory scrutiny of fly ash impoundments has increased related to potential impacts to groundwater. Metals in groundwater may be associated with fly ash disposal units or be naturally occurring. Environmental forensic approaches can be used to resolve this issue, including geochemical fingerprinting techniques. These techniques, combined with a risk-based strategy to evaluate cleanup, will identify groundwater conditions posing an unacceptable risk that may require remediation. Further, the quantification of natural mechanisms of attenuation due to hydraulic and geochemical processes will allow development of a technically-based solution to be developed for passive vs. active remediation.
Jeff Gillow is an environmental
scientist with ARCADIS and leads a team of scientists and engineers for their geochemistry practice. He has developed innovative solutions for utility, mining, and manufacturing clients in order to manage environmental liabilities; these include engineered in-situ remediation for metals and radionuclides in soil and groundwater, as well as monitored natural attenuation approaches for issues related to arsenic, chromium, and other metals.
Berny Ilgner is a principal scientist with ARCADIS and is the immediate Past President of the Technical Society.
The meeting on April 30, 2012 had as a speaker Ahmet Turhan, Ph.D. ,Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Tennessee Knoxville. His title was “An Overview of Fuel Cell Technologies”.(PDH)
Ahmet Turhan received his BS in mechanical engineering from the Middle East Technical University Mechanical Engineering Department in 2003, his MS in 2005 and his PhD. in 2009 at Penn State for study of multi-phase flow and design of fuel cells in the Fuel Cell Dynamics and Diagnostics Laboratory (FCDDL) with Prof. Matthew M. Mench. His research areas include fuel cell component characterization, flow field design, and multi-phase flow in porous media. He is currently continuing his research studies as a Research Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee Knoxville.