September 2014 Technical Society Programs

02 Sep

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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