The April 1, 2013 speaker was Travis Griffin, Program Director University of Tennessee College of Engineering Diversity Programs. The title of his presentation was “High
School Introduction to Engineering Systems (HITES)” .
Anyone who has early high school student relatives or friends should consider the UT program allowing high school students to participate in summer pre-engineering programs that consist of classes that introduce students to higher-level mathematics and engineering fundamentals. These programs help students develop critical thinking skills by learning how to apply math and science principles
to solve every day problems. They further pique students’ interests by engaging them with faculty and graduate students and shedding light on what engineers do.
April 8, 2013 Lee McGetrick, Director, Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, described the ORNL Carbon Fiber R&D and the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility”
ORNL has a large pilot plant for making carbon fiber and the carbon fiber technology has the
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potential to make a big impact in many areas as the prices come down.
Tha big expense in high volume fibers is the cost of the raw material. The quality of the carbon fibers obained is different for different plastics and carbonaceous polymers used. The best fibers are obtained using expensive specialty polymers and ORNL
is trying to make inexpensive carbon fibers with intermediate strength properties using inexpensive raw materials.
April 15 John Hopkins and Josh Francois, Outlined the many things the TN Score Program is doing. Their statewide programs are directed to building research infrastructure and collaborations within the state to make Tennessee more successful in competing for research funding. They have been ssuccessful in getting 11 Primary Research Partners, 51 Faculty Researchers, 150 Student Researchers ,16 Collaboration Partners and 4 Industry Partners
April 22 Dr. David Irick, University of Tennessee Department
of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering spoke on the “EcoCar 2 Competition”. Engineering students, with help, design, build, operate and describe a car for a national competition
The competition’s mission is a vital one: offer an unparalleled hands-on, real-world experience to educate the next generation of automotive engineers. The competition challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.
On April 29,2013 Dennis Rochat told of the benefits of rainwater. Collection of rainwater requires technology that has already been developed and ecconomics favor a rainwater collection system in many areas. Dennis is President and CEO
Rainwater Resources, a company that specializes in clean water and especially in rainwater collection systems.