November 2014 TSK News

30 Oct

November 3, 2014 Dr. Omer C. Onar, Weinberg Fellow. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was speaker.
His topic was ”Wireless Power Charging of Electric Vehicles”.
This is an important topic which will be very important in the future !
Wireless power transfer (WPT) is a paradigm shift in electric-vehicle (EV) charging that offers the consumer an autonomous, safe, and convenient option to conductive charging and its attendant need for cables. WPT can be fully autonomous due to the vehicle and grid side radio communication systems, and is non-contacting; therefore issues with leakage currents, ground faults, and touch potentials do not exist. The efficiency is amazingly good.
On November 10, 2014 Kimberly (Kim) Davis, Ph.D., P.E., Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Society-Technology Interactions Science Team in the Environmental Sciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory was speaker.
She discussed  “urban forests” and the type of trees that grow in the cities.
Trees in urban and suburban areas (“urban forest”) are becoming increasingly important for regional ecosystem functional capacity as the proportion of the population that is urban-dwelling grows.  In this case study of Knox County, Tennessee, a model was tested that examined the relationship between community willingness to support higher levels of urban forest protection, and various indices measuring homeowners’ “Sense of Place.”
The Technical Society of Knoxville speaker for November 17, 2014  was Tom Berg, CNS, LLC, Y12 National Nuclear Complex. The title of his presentation was “ How to License a Technology from a Government Facility”
Tom has a long history working with technology and doing technology transfer.  Included in this history is working for several technology –based start-up companies and a number of medium and large corporations.  He has had the opportunity to manage R&D operations, Technology Transfer Groups, and project management on medium and large construction and technology projects.  He has more than 30 year’s experience in technology related activities.

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