July 9, 2012 Chris Cox, professor and associate head in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Tennessee and director of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) will speak. He is a participating researcher in the Bioenergy Science Center at Oak Ridge National Lab. He will discuss the work on sustainability that
he is involved with.
The University of Tennessee’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) seeks to promote the development of policies, technologies, and educational programs that cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university’s research faculty and staff, and grow in response to pressing environmental and security issues facing the state, the nation, and the globe.
July 16, The speaker will be Dr. Anthony Buhl CEO of EnergX, LLC.
He will speak about the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi Accidents and Their Impact on the Nuclear Industry (PDH).
Dr. Buhl is co-founder and CEO of EnergX, LLC, based in Oak Ridge, which provides solutions in hazardous and radioactive waste management, environmental services, and energy technology to the Department of Energy (DOE) and electric utilities.
He has served as a senior executive at both the DOE and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). He was in the control
room throughout the recovery from the accident at the Three Mile Island power plant . During the next five years, he managed the power industry’s response to the accident. He also supported the recovery efforts and safety evaluations in Russia following the Chernobyl accident.
In 1985, he was elected a fellow of the American Nuclear Society for his contributions and expertise in safety, risk assessment and risk management.
Dr. Buhl was recently presented with the Nathan W. Dougherty Award which honors engineers whose accomplishments have enhanced the engineering profession and alumni whose activities have brought acclaim to the University of Tennessee.
July 23, 2012
A Chamber of Commerce representative will discuss FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the need for public support for this program.
he FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition organized by FIRST . Each year, teams of high school students compete to build robots. Teams are given a standard set of parts and the game details at the beginning of January and are given six weeks to construct a competitive robot, that can operate autonomously as well as when guided by wireless controls, to accomplish the game’s tasks.
he FIRST Robotics Competition involves teams of mentors (corporate employees, teachers, or college students) and high school students who collaborate to design and build a robot. This robot is designed to play a game, which is designed by FIRST
and changes from year to year. This game is announced at a nationally simulcast kickoff event in January. Regional competitions take place around the United States as well as in Canada and Israel, but FIRST has a multinational following that further includes the United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, and Germany.
eams are expected to solicit individuals, sponsors, and businesses for support in the form of donations of time, money, or skills. The average team has approximately 25 students, but participation has ranged from 4 to 100.
July 30, 2012.
The program will be about Mars rover Curiosity landing on the Red Planet August 6, 2012. Linda Kah and Jeffrey Moersch of the University of Tennessee have been participating in this mission that will search for potential habitats for life on Mars.