February 2014 Programs

17 Jan

February 3, 2014 the speaker will be Michael Finley, Instructor, Pellissippi State Community College. The title of his presentation will be “The mathematics of sustainability”(PDH).

This presentation explores key concepts relevant to the mathematics of sustainability. A brief overview of mathematics and a clear understating of the definition of sustainability are salient to understanding why mathematics is an important element of sustainability. The correlation of mathematics and sustainability is explored using various examples, from global to local.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama, BA in Mathematics from Roosevelt University and MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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we will have an opportunity to learn how sausage is made. Ted Wampler, Jr., President and COO of Wampler’s Farm Sausage Company will be the speaker. The title of his presentation will be “Wampler’s Farm Sausage – Energy Independence and Social Responsibility”(PDH).

The Technical Society hears about the technology of energy frequently but this is an opportunity to hear the perspective of a business executive who has been very active in the use of alternate energy sources. He will talk about the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program, and how it began with solar power and led to the Proton Power CHyP (Cellulose Hydrogen Power) System. He will touch on solar power and will concentrate most on the CHyP, going through the install, operations, and the benefits.

Ted was the first recipient of the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Person of the Year Award which recognized the efforts made toward using more sustainable energy alternatives at the company. Wampler’s Farm Sausage also won the TennSEISA Solar Champion Award for 2012. The company won the Innovator Award at the 2013 Pinnacle Business Awards Gala. The Knoxville Zoo ‘s (ARiES Energy / Wampler’s Farm Sausage / Cades Cove BBQ and Elm Hill Hot Dogs) Solar Project has reached the final five to win the “Best Solar Collaboration Award” at the Solar Power Generation USA Congress . Currently, the company is installing the first commercial Proton Power CHyP (Cellulose Hydrogen Power) System in the world. The Proton System will power the “net zero grid connected” company with hydrogen made from biomass.
Ted, Jr. serves on the Tennessee Advisory Board of Directors of United Community Bank.

He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Tennessee Tech University.

February 17 no meeting (Presidents Day)

February 24 LJ Robinson, Regional Director, will speak about FIRST Robotics. FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual event for high school students working along side professional mentors to design and build a robot. Teams will be given a parts kit including motors, batteries, and other components and are allowed to spend an additional $3,000 to create their robot. Student’s will then have 6 weeks to build the functioning robot to begin competitions.

FIRST Robotics is a very important and interesting program and there are opportunities for many people to make a contribution to the program

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