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May 2014 Technical Society Programs

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On May 5, 2014 the Technical Society speaker will be Don Horton Sustainability Coordinator with McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects, Inc. The program topic will be “Importance of existing buildings in reducing energy and water consumption” PDH
The presentation will discuss water and energy consumption requirements for new buildings and discuss how water and energy consumption of existing buildings have a significant impact on reaching our goals for energy independence.
Don Horton is a LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design & Construction specialty (LEED AP BD&C) certification. He has been appointed to the Knoxville Board of Zoning Appeals.
McCarty Holsaple McCarty Architects has established itself a leader in sustainable design and the firm has been designing landmarks in Knoxville, East Tennessee and the Southeastern United States for more than 40 years.
May 12, 2014
Linda Kah, Associate Professor, University of

Tennessee, Dept Earth and Planetary Sciences will be the Technical Society speaker on May 12, The title of her presentation will be “Curiosity’s mission in Gale Crater, Mars”.
Since August 2011, the Curiosity Rover has been exploring Gale Crater, Mars. This presentation will provide highlights of the mission, including the rationale for choosing Gale Crater, the analytical capabilities of the Curiosity rover, and a review of some of the missions discoveries.
Linda Kah has been pursuing her love of science since kindergarten, when she announced her intention to become a geologist. She received concurrent BS and MS degrees from MIT in 1990, followed by a PhD from Harvard in 1997. In her research, she combines her knowledge of geology, isotope geochemistry and biology to decipher how ecosystems arise on planets, and how biological processes fundamentally interact with, and even change, geological systems. Her research has taken her to some of the most remote places on Earth, including the Canadian Arctic, Saharan West Africa, and the high Andes of Argentina; and continues to take her to even more remote localities, as she explores Gale Crater on the surface of Mars with NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission.

 
May 19, 2014 Steve Levy will be the Technical Society of Knoxville speaker on May 20, 2014. The title of his presentation will be “The Battle Over Solar Energy-TVA versus the Distributors”

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Steve spent 35 years in electric power generation, energy storage, transformation and switching. He is experienced in solar energy, high efficiency gas discharge lamps, pulse power, capacitive energy storage, thermophotovoltaics, and thermionic converters. He also spent thirty years in army research and was a major player in Reagan’s “Star Wars.” He was the Army project engineer responsible for the design, construction and for promoting the construction of the Army Pulse Power Center, a $25 million dollar advanced 30 megawatt (average) testing laboratory for developing directed energy weaponry for Star Wars, winning Congressional approval and having Boeing Engineering build the unique facility. It became operational in 1985. Mr. Levy was also assigned the responsibility for semiconductor switches managing a $15 million effort creating the term “megawatt electronics” incorporating the efforts of seven government agencies including the Electronic Power Research Institute (EPRI). Steve was hired by EPRI to be the Director of the EPRI Power Electronics Applications Center in Knoxville and appointed by the Ballistics Missile Command to their technical advisory board. He is now co-teaching solar energy at UTK in the Materials Science Department at the graduate level and presently serving as Technical Director of the Tennessee Solar Energy Association. Has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Science. He has 13 patents and 50+ professional publications.
May 26, 2014 no meeting -Memorial Day

 
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