April 2014 Programs

07 Apr

On April 28, 2014 the Technical Society speaker will be Parci Gibson, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Project Manager. The program topic will be “ Stormwater Management : Building Together”(PDH).
She will cover the following:
• Understanding the new runoff reduction requirements for site design standards as they relate to stormwater management
• Examining the role of landscape architects and engineers in the newest issuance of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Phase II Permit
• Examining Low Impact Best Management Practices that will be allowed under the new Runoff Reduction requirements.

As a project manager, Ms. Gibson works to ensure that

Knox County remains compliant with all state and federal requirements as they relate to the Clean Water Act. In addition, Ms. Gibson creates all public engagement programs and materials for county employees as well as the general public to increase awareness of water quality issues and what people can do to reduce stormwater pollution.
Prior to working with Knox County, Ms. Gibson worked for two local watershed organizations and was a classroom teacher. Ms. Gibson currently serves on several local watershed educational committees and
is a board member of the Tennessee Stormwater Association. Ms. Gibson holds a BA in Liberal Arts, a MS in Secondary Education and a BS in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Tennessee.

April 21, 2014 the speaker will be Roy Arthur, Knox County Watershed Coordinator, Research Associate, TN Water Resources Research Center. The program topic will be “Knox County Watershed Initiatives”.

For the past decade Knox County has implemented watershed initiatives in the Beaver Creek and Stock Creek watersheds. The purpose of these initiatives is to improve water quality in Knox County creeks and ultimately remove them from the State’s 303(d) list of impaired streams. Multiple and evolving partnerships have been developed to accomplish this task. This presentation will highlight some successes (and a few failures) from these efforts and end with a discussion of next steps.

Roy Arthur, a University of Tennessee Certified Project Manager, is Knox County’s Watershed Coordinator working out of the Knox County Stormwater Management Division of Engineering and Public Works. In this capacity, he is responsible for working with a variety of partnerships in the water resources field to help develop, deliver, and promote watershed based restoration plans and projects in Knox County and the surrounding region. Since joining Knox County in 2003 Roy has been responsible for program management, facilitation, grant writing and public relations. He acts as a liaison between local, state and federal agencies. Roy is also a Research Associate with the TN Water Resources Research Center at the University of Tennessee where he just completed managing a large restoration grant for the Beaver Creek Watershed in North Knox County funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. Roy is currently managing two additional grants through the Water Resources Research Center including a grant from the Tennessee Healthy Watershed Initiative. Prior to joining Knox County’s Stormwater Department and UT, Roy spent 20 years managing a small diamond tooling company. Involved in community activism, he has helped found a number of community groups and watershed associations.

Water quality has been a Technical Society concern for many years.The History of the Technical Society of Knoxville by Evelyn Elliot Wilcox states “It endorsed a new city sanitary code as well as construction of a primary sewage treatment plant for Knoxville. When the city dismissed its sanitary engineer, ostensibly for economic reasons, the Society passed a resolution protesting the action and requesting that the position be filled immediately with a fully trained professional sanitary engineer. In 1953, City Council, responding to pressure from the Technical Society and other groups, called for a referendum on funding a treatment plant, and by 1956 Knoxville’s sewage disposal facility was completed.
The April 14, 2014 speaker will be Todd P. Witcher , Executive Director, Discover Life in America (DLIA). The title of his talk will be “The Smokies All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory”
Discover Life in America (DLIA), a non-profit organization established on Earth Day 1998, coordinates the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) to catalog every living creature in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In a few short years the DLIA through the ATBI has far exceeded all expectations. DLIA-supported scientists have discovered an astonishing 926 species new to science, 7,636 species that were not previously known to exist within the Park. The species new to science include 36 moths, 42 spiders, 78 algae, 56 beetles, 26 crustaceans, 58 fungi, 20 bees and bee relatives, 16 tardigrades and 270 bacteria. This presentation will take you through the process and introduce you to some of the fascinating new species discoveries.

Todd P. Witcher is the Executive Director of Discover Life in America . DLIA is the non-profit coordinating the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Before becoming the ED at DLIA he worked as an educator for Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville Tennessee for 16 years. Todd has an undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Biology (1987), a Masters in Business from Lincoln Memorial University (1991), and a Masters in Education from the University of Tennessee (1997). Todd is an eighth generation Tennessean having grown up in the small town of Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee where the Witcher family has lived since the late 1700’s. In his spare time Todd enjoys hiking, traveling, gardening and restoring old houses.

The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on April 7, 2014 will have Dr. Peter K. Liaw, Endowed Ivan Racheff Chair of Excellence in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Tennessee, as speaker. The title of his presentation will be “Fatigue of Bulk Metallic Glasses”.(PDH)

A metallic glass is a solid metallic material, usually an alloy, with a disordered atomic-scale structure. Batches of amorphous steel have been produced that demonstrate strengths much greater than conventional steel alloys. Understanding how to predict the fatigue life of such materials is crucially important for their selection as structural materials. This is an opportunity to learn about these emerging materials.

Peter K. Liaw obtained his B.S. in Physics from the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University, USA. After working at the Westinghouse Research and Development (R&D) Center for thirteen years, he joined the UT faculty and is an Endowed Ivan Racheff Chair of Excellence in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
He was the Chairman of the TMS (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) “Mechanical Metallurgy” Committee, and the Chairman of the ASM (American Society for Metals) “Flow and Fracture” Committee. He is a fellow of ASM.

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He has been given the Outstanding Teacher Award, the Moses E. and Mayme Brooks Distinguished Professor Award, the Engineering Research Fellow Award, the National Alumni Association Distinguished Service Professor Award, the John Fisher Professorship, and L. R. Hesler Award at the University of Tennessee, and the TMS Distinguished Service Award. He has been the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program, the Director of the NSF International Materials Institutes (IMI) Program, and the Director of the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program at UT. He has published over six hundred journal papers, edited more than sixteen books, and presented numerous keynote and invited talks at various national and international conferences.
(I, Bob Scott, left out a lot of his resume. He must never sleep!)

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