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October 1014 TSK News

The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on October 6, 2014 was  an open meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville board of directors.
All members were asked to attend. The Technical Society of Knoxville needs to determine its’ direction for the coming years.
October 13 no meeting for Columbus Day
Joseph P. Carson spoke to the Technical Society on October 20, 2014.
Joe Carson is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and nuclear safety engineer at DOE.
Joe is now engaged in an over 2 decades-long task to defend and advance the profession of engineering, its code of ethics and the public health and safety,  (see www.broken-covenant.org for a 3 minute video that summarizes it). Joe would like TSK to consider contacting Congressman Duncan expressing interest in his concerns and their resolution.
The Techniiety of Knoxville Speaker for October 27, 2014  was Marcus Weseman of Oak Ridge Associated Universities  speaking on “Reducing Energy Use by Increasing Weatherization of Residential Housing.”

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in News

 

October 2014 TSK programs

The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on October 6, 2014 will be an open meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville board of directors.
All members are asked to attend. The Technical Society of Knoxville needs to determine its’ direction for the coming years.
Please be prepared to offer your thoughts and desires on the goals, programs and leadership of the society.

October 13 no meeting for Columbus Day

Joseph P. Carson will speak to the Technical Society on October 20, 2014.

Joe Carson is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and nuclear safety engineer at DOE. He is a decorated veteran who served as an officer in the nuclear navy for six years and later worked at several commercial nuclear power plants. He joined the Department of Energy (DOE) as a workplace and nuclear safety engineer in 1990.
Joe is now engaged in an over 2 decades-long task to defend and advance the profession of engineering, its code of ethics and the public health and safety,  (see www.broken-covenant.org for a 3 minute video that summarizes it).

Congressman John Duncan told him that if  more constituents would contact his office  it would give him more reason and ability to address the concerns that Joe has raised. Joe would like TSK to consider contacting Congressman Duncan expressing interest in his concerns and their resolution.
Joe has taken engineering ethics seriously and has courageously reported DOE failures at the risk of serious retribution – which he has endured. The entire technical and scientific community should hear Joe and each person should judge for themselves what action should be taken.

The Techniiety of Knoxville Speaker for October 27, 2014 will be  Marcus Weseman, Vice President and Senior Associate Director for Health, Energy, and Environment; Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)cal Soc

The Program Topic will be “Reducing Energy Use by Increasing Weatherization of Residential Housing.”

Increasing the effectiveness of the energy conservation program in the US requires a number of coordinated initiatives including
-increasing the number of buildings that are retrofitted
-increasing the size and competencies of the weatherization workforce
-increasing the number of weatherization training programs
-increasing the effectiveness of weatherization training and assurance that their graduates are fully competent; this requires independent, third party accreditation of  training programs
-establishing a career ladder for workers so that technicians can see a series of well-defined job categories with a clear progression to higher level, better paying positions.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. In this presentation, Mr. Weseman will provide an overview of the national programs established by the Department of Energy (DOE) over the last 5 years and how the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) has supported those interrelated initiatives.  He manages the ORAU support to an ongoing DOE initiative to expand the building weatherization workforce as part of the DOE national energy conservation program.

Mr. Weseman holds a master of public administration and a masters degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and a BA in communications from Western Michigan University.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Meetings

 

Meeting of Interest to Technical Community

Ben Ealey, the current membership development chairman for IEEE East-Tennessee has announced an upcoming networking event on September 29, 2014  at Bearden Beer Market (near the Bearden Kroger). Parking is available across the street by Ice Chalet in the parking lot behind the strip mall.
This meeting is oriented to revitalize young professionals in the area and help them develop a network of peers and it is open to engineers of all disciplines and people interested in technical issues. Bring a stack of business cards.
Guests are welcome but they must register because space is limited. If you can attend, please RSVP here:

https://meetings.vtools.ieee.org/m/28531

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2014 in Meetings

 

September 2014 TSK News

On September 8, 2014 ”The Manhattan Project- Part Two” was  the topic of the presentation by Ted Lundy. Ted taught at the University of Tennessee College of Engineering before joining the metallurgy division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1957.
The Manhattan Project was and still is unequaled in almost everything about it and it holds a special place in the imagination. Ted also served on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).
On September 15 The Technical Society toured the Wampler Farm which is converting biomass into hydrocarbons and is attempting to be energy independent. The Wampler Farm installation is the first commercial installation of the Proton Power CHyP (Cellulose Hydrogen Power) System.
Wamplers will not disclose the terms but they are currently operating the CHyP system like a pilot plant so Proton Power can get data for designing more and bigger plants. Wamplers also has a large solar power installation.
Ted Wampler also threw in a tour of the sausage making facility and the tour guests consensus  seemed to be that they would buy Wampler sausage in the future.
September 22, 2014  Isa Infante, the Green Party candidate for governor of Tennessee in the November 2014 election spoke about her campaign against Governor Haslam. She has some support but limited financial resources ( as does TSK secretary Bob Scott who is running for US Representative.)
The September 29, 2014 meeting program was  presented by Melissa Allen, a postdoctoral researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The title of her presentation was “Impacts of Climate Change on Energy Infrastructure”. She has done extensive work on the subject and made county level predictions for many parameters. This was a very informative talk and it engenderer concerned discussion. I, Bob Scott, will never look at power lines again without wondering if they are sagging because they are hot from carrying a current overload.
Alberta Collignon died on September 26, 2014.  She was the wife of honorary Technical Society member  Robert F. Collignon,

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in News

 

September 2014 Technical Society Programs

The Technical Society of Knoxville speaker for September 29, 2014 will be Melissa Allen. She is a postdoctural researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The title of her presentation will be “Impacts of Climate Change on Energy Infrastructure”.

Climate change will cause human population shifts, change the topology of built infrastructures, and change the locations of energy supply and demand. Thus, Infrastructures will evolve to accommodate new load centers while some parts of the network are abandoned, and these changes will drive regional convergence and create emerging vulnerabilities that will require integrated approaches and high-resolution data for local decision makers.

Melissa Allen holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and  a PhD from UT in Energy Science and Engineering. Her work with scientists at both Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee has included global modeling and analysis of atmospheric species transport, statistical and dynamical downscaling of various climate model output, analysis of direct and indirect effects of climate change on electricity demand, and consideration of climate change issues that impact the evolution of the electrical grid.

She also has a Bachelor of Music Education (Violin) degree from the  University of Northern Colorado.

The following are titles of some of the presentations she has participated in:
“The influence of internal model variability in GEOS-5 on interhemispheric CO2 exchange.”
“21st Century Changes in Regional Species Transport Due to Climate Change in RCP 4.5 and 8.5 Scenarios.”
“Regional and local greenhouse gas and reactive atmospheric chemistry and the evolving physical climate system.” ,
“4D Flow Visualization and Analysis for 21st Century Decadal Wind.” “Monthly Anthropogenic CO2 Fluxes: Impacts on the Atmospheric CO2 Seasonal Cycle and Implications for Models of the Terrestrial Biosphere.”

The September 22, 2014 speaker will be Isa Infante, the Green Party
candidate for governor of Tennessee in the November 2014 election.
She has a Ph.D. in political science (B.A. and Ph.D at the University of California; M.A. at Yale) and a law degree (Northeastern School of Law in Boston).
Her professional experience has included teaching political science at the university level, an academic deanship, working for the U.S. Department of Education and also at the White House in Washington D.C. She has been a consultant to a wide range of legal, political, community, and international development organizations and has been on the Board of Directors of organizations in cities where she resided, She has owned several small businesses and has been elected to public service in New York, California and Connecticut.
She was born in the Dominican Republic of Puerto Rican and Dominican parents and arrived in the USA in 1945 at the age of three.She was raised in the Bronx, N.Y. and California and has traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad. Since arriving in Tennessee in 1986 she traveled with her former Bluegrass band and after arriving in Knoxville in 1991 she traveled internationally with a one-woman show.

On September 15 The Technical Society will tour the Wampler Farm which is converting biomass into hydrocarbons and is attempting to be energy independent. . We will meet at the Crowne Plaza for lunch and then drive to the farm. RSVP
On September 8, 2014 Ted Lundy will be the speaker. His topic will be    ”The Manhattan Project- Part Two”.
Ted is very interested in the Manhattan project and he has been in a position to learn about it. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics, a master’s degree in metallurgy, and a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is also a 1958 graduate of the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology. He taught at the University of Tennessee College of Engineering before joining the metallurgy division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1957. During 1965-66, he was at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, Solid State Physics Division. He retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1988 but soon after joined the Tennessee Tech Center for  Manufacturing, becoming its director in 1989 and retiring from that position in 2000.
He spoke in December 2013 about the beginning of the atomic age and this is a continuation.
The Manhattan Project was and still is unequaled in almost everything about it and it holds a special place in the imagination. The  first supervisor of Bob Scott (TSK secretary) in the DuPont plant in Beaumont Texas , Jim Kalil, described working on the Manhattan Project “You could get anything you wanted. Ask for an electron microscope and they asked if you needed two or three. But the people who spent the most money were the most productive people.” It was unique.
Ted is a Knoxville resident. In the 1970s he was twice elected to the Knox County Court representing the Cedar Bluff/Farragut area. He also served on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Meetings