August 4, 2014 Sam Hart, Technology and Manufacturing Consultant with the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, will speak on Area Economic Development.
In working with the Chamber of Commerce, Sam manages the technology mining and matching program and assists companies with technology issues and technology transfers from the University of Tennessee, ORNL, or Y-12.
Sam is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, National Defense Industrial Association, National Institute for Metalworking Skills and the Technical Society of Knoxville.
Technology 2020’s Innovation Valley Technology Council honored Sam as Member of the Year in 2010.
On August 11, 2014 Bruce Glanville, TSK president, will present two TED (Technology Entertainment Design) talks and he will moderate a discussion of each talk.
TED is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan: “Ideas Worth Spreading”.
TED events address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can.
I, Bob Scott, have never seen a TED presentation and I am interested in seeing how this way of communicating works.
The first presentation will be by Sylvia Earle,an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with a deep commitment to research through personal exploration. “We’ve got to somehow stabilize our connection to nature so that in 50 years from now, 500 years, 5,000 years from now there will still be a wild system and respect for what it takes to sustain us.”
The second presentation will be by James Hansen, a top climate scientist:
“Why I must speak out about climate change”.
James Hansen was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of James Van Allen. His early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid.
Bruce Glanville is president of the Technical Society of Knoxville and owner and founder of Energy Home Basics (http://energyhomebasics.com). Bruce Glanville is reputed to be the best energy makeover expert for homeowners and contractors in East Tennessee. He was an early pioneer in the field of healthy building science and has now seen multiple projects win LEED and Energy Star Certification.
The August 18, 2014 program will be presented by Dr. John T Simpson, Research Professor, Material Science and Engineering Department and
Biosystems Engineering and Soil Sciences Department, University of Tennessee.
The title of his presentation will be “Superhydrophobic Coatings”.(PDH)
He is President and CEO at John Simpson Consulting, LLC , has been a
Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and an Optical Scientist and Design Engineer at IBM. He was educated at the University of Arizona, University of Vermont, and University of Idaho.
The materials he will be describing are unique and have surface properties that are new to all of us.
On August 25, 2014 Jeff Welch, AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners), Director, the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) will speak. The topic for his presentation will be “PlanET Playbook Overview and Presentation on ETIndex.org”.(PDH)
The Plan East Tennessee (PlanET) Playbook is a high-levelroadmap whose aim is to ensure our region remains beautiful, becomes healthier and offers pathways to success for our residents. The playbook is grounded in research, analysis, and extensive public input.
ETIndex.org, is a user-friendly website stocked with community facts and figures. The 87 community indicators on the ETIndex.org site track critical aspects of the region’s economy, health, housing markets, and environment.
Jeff Welch, AICP, has served as the Director of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) since 1985. The TPO coordinates a comprehensive transportation planning process for several cities and counties in the Knoxville metropolitan area/air quality non-attainment area. Jeff has overseen the preparation of several regional mobility plans and regional transit studies over the past 30 years. He has been a career public servant beginning in Dubuque, Iowa; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and in Knoxville. From 2006 to 2013, he served on the Transportation Research Board’s Strategic Highway Research Program 2- Technical Coordinating Committee for Capacity. He has also served on the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Policy Committee.
He has a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering from University of Tennessee and a Masters of Urban Planning from Virginia Tech.