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February 2015 Technical Society News

TSK News February 2015

The Technical Society of Knoxville speakers on February 2, 2015 were Dr. Eric R. Wade, assistant Professor in the University of Tennessee mechanical engineering department and Yasser Ashraf Gandomi , a graduate student in mechanical engineering and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME ) student chapter president. Eric is a strong believer in the importance in the integral role of practical experience in the training of engineers. During this talk, along with Yasser Ashraf Gandomi, he discussed how this plays a role in the activities of the UT professional societies. They are interested in the robot competitions , guidance for UT students, and giving information to school guidance counsellors- including minority community schools – on engineering as a career. They would appreciate names of experienced engineers who will talk to students.

February 9, 2015 the speaker was Dr. Olaf Storaasli, NASA’s Finite-Element Machine developer, Supercomputer Pioneer and author of novel computation algorithms to enable science discovery (i.e. rapid solution of large matrix systems).Dr Storaasli described past, present and future supercomputers and applications they solve. He showed the remarkable progress in computing speed over the duration of the computer age. Only a few years are required for inexpensive computers to equal the capability of the most advanced current computers. Cooling requirements for computers are an important consideration. A serial computer has a finite limit on speed so the speed in computation in supercomputers comes from a central computer supervising many parallel computers- with the programming challenges that go with such an arrangement.

At the February 23, 2015 meeting the society members present elected an interim board of officers who will serve for several months until the future direction of the Technical Society is determined. The new officers are Joe Carson, President; Ev Engstrom’ Vice President; Bruce Glanville, Past President ; Walter Wunderlich, Wayne Loveday, Wolf Naegeli,, Directors; Jean-Pierre Granju, Treasurer: Bob Scott, Secretary .

The Society voted to become an umbrella technical organization and to waive Technical Society dues for new members in 2015.

 
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February 2015 Technical Society Programs

The Technical Society of Knoxville speakers on February 2, 2015 will be Dr. Eric R. Wade, assistant Professor in the University of Tennessee mechanical engineering department and Yasser Ashraf Gandomi , a graduate student in mechanical engineering and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME ) student chapter president .
Eric is a strong believer in the importance in the integral role of practical experience in the training of engineers. During this talk, along with Yasser Ashraf Gandomi, he will discuss how this plays a role in the activities of the UT professional societies.
They will speak about the student ASME Chapter at the University of Tennessee: “Introduction of the University of Tennessee American Society of Engineers: Leveraging East Tennessee Expertise”.
Eric has a  B.S. in Mechanical Engineering , a dual M.S. in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and postdoctoral fellowships in Computer Science and Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at USC before joining UT as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include developing and applying engineering techniques to outstanding problems in medical health, with a particular focus on wearable sensors, ambient monitoring, and motor rehabilitation.

The Technical Society of Knoxville speaker on February 9, 2015 will be Dr. Olaf Storaasli , NASA’s Finite-Element Machine developer, Supercomputer Pioneer and author of novel computation algorithms (i.e., GPS*) for current & future HPC systems harnessing accelerators (FPGAs & GPUs) to enable science discovery (i.e. rapid solution of large matrix systems).(PDH)

Dr Storaasli will describe past, present and future Supercomputers and applications they solve. Based on his NASA and ORNL research, he’ll project the future (ExaFLOP): architecture, software and performance enabling breakthrough scientific discoveries and “trickle down” spinoff to servers, PCs & laptops.

Dr Storaasli received a B.A. in Physics, Mathematics & French (Concordia College, 1964), M.A. in Mathematics (USD,1966), Ph.D in Engineering Mechanics (NCSU, 1970) and post-doc fellowships: NTNU (1984–85), University of Edinburgh (2008). He led the hardware, software and applications teams’ successful development of one of NASA’s 1st parallel computers, the Finite element machine and developed rapid matrix equation algorithms to exploit accelerators (FPGAs) to solve science and engineering applications. He is recognized by American Men and Women of Science, Marquis Who’s Who, and NASA, Cray, Intel and Concordia College awards. NASA Awards include Viking Mars Lander design and Engineering Analysis (IPAD, RIM, HPC, FPGA, SPAR, FEM, Space Shuttle SRB and NASA Software-of-the-year).

The Technical Society of Knoxville will not meet on February 16.

The Technical Society of Knoxvillemeeting on  February 23, 2015 will be a report from an ad hoc committee and a determination of the future of the Technical Society of Knoxville. All current members are urged to attend and any former members or interested people are welcome.

 
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January 2015 TSK News

The Technical Society of Knoxville  met on January 5, 2015 to determine the future of the Technical society. Is there still a need for a voice of authority on technology matters in the public interest? The weekly meetings will continue until the end of February and the society will determine it’s future in response to the ad hoc committee report.
On January 12, 2015. David Nowak , a field application engineer with Bridgelux was the speaker. The title of his talk was “What Is Light and Why Do You Care?” It was an explanation of how different sources “create” light and how your eyes interpret colors differently from those sources. The LED lights produce a mainly blue light and phosphors are used to get different spectra that are more pleasing or better for different environments. He referred to the Illumination Engineering Society  standards. Look for CRI >80 and gamma 80 to 100  or class A lights for good indoor lighting. Blue headlights on automobiles help keep us awake and blue lights at home- particularly tablets- tend to keep you awake. It was a very informative talk.
David is a graduate of Kettering University. Here is a link to his professional details:   www.linkedin.com/in/DavidNowak.
The Technical Society meeting on January 26, 2015 had John Derek Faulconer, Principal of the new Knox County Schools Career Magnet Academy as the speaker. The school is “ Project Based and focusing on Career Pathways. Reinventing secondary Ed”. Pellissippi State Community College has moved in to a major part of  a sprawling 18-acre campus  with 221,194 square feet of floor space that once housed Philips Consumer Electronics’ North American headquarters. The abundance of resources has led to an innovative educational synthesis. The new Career Magnet Academy shares the facility at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike with Pellissippi State Community College.  The school is recruiting 125 freshmen a year from all over Knox county. The students learn hands on skills along with their academic work. The school has no athletic programs but they do plan to be a factor in  the  robot competition. Students can get college credit for some classes and can graduate from high school with a year of college credit.
John believes that an “education” is an individuals pursuit of knowledge, where by gaining that knowledge, empowers the individual to make life changes that increase his or her chance at becoming successful in life and he is attempting to instill that attitude in his students.

 
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January 2015 Technical Society Programs

The Technical Society meeting on January 26, 2015 will have John Derek Faulconer, Principal of the new Knox County Schools Career Magnet Academy as the speaker. The school is “ Project Based and focusing on Career Pathways. Reinventing secondary Ed”.
Pellissippi State Community College has moved in to a major part of  a sprawling 18-acre campus  with 221,194 square feet of floor space that once housed Philips Consumer Electronics’ North American headquarters. The abundance of resources has led to an innovative educational synthesis. The new Career Magnet Academy shares the facility at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike with Pellissippi State Community College.
I, Bob Scott, TSK secretary, toured the facility during the Pellissippi State Community College 40 year anniversary celebration and I recommend  this opportunity to attend a presentation on the school to anyone interested in the education programs in this region. I was very impressed with the school and with the interaction with Pellissippi State

 

On January 12, 2015. David Nowak , a field application engineer with Bridgelux will be the speaker. The title of his talk will be “What Is Light and Why Do You Care?” It is an explanation of how different sources “create” light and how your eyes interpret colors differently from those sources. With the introduction of LED lighting, there has been a lot of jargon thrown around in an attempt to let the consumer know what type of light is being produced by the product being purchased.  This is a presentation designed for all levels of expertise to explain what the terms mean, where they come from and why would someone care about them. (PDH)

Bridgelux is expanding the market for light emitting diode (LED) technologies through its high performance, energy efficient, easy to integrate Solid State Lighting (SSL) solutions, and by driving down the cost of LED lighting systems.

The replacement of incandescent light bulbs with LEDs is a revolution in our time and the Technical Society members can play an important role in  educating the public since the impending demise of the familiar incandescent light bulb has generated a backlash. David is selling a greatly improved light source but has to overcome lack of understanding, inertia and prejudice- not an easy task.

David is a graduate of Kettering University. Here is a link to his professional details:   www.linkedin.com/in/DavidNowak
The Technical Society of Knoxville luncheon meeting at the Crowne Plaza at 11:30 a.m. on January 5, 2015 will be a meeting to determine the future of the Technical society. Proposals to make the Technical Society an umbrella technology organization will be considered. The leadership of the society for the coming year will be determined.
After 93 years the Technical Society is having a midlife crisis. The society relied on TVA engineers for many years and the dearth of TVA engineers across the streeet has reduced the number of attendees at Technical Society meetings and the number of active participants.
Is there still a need for a voice of authority on technology matters in the public interest? Our building codes should be revised because earthquakes are more likely than we thought in the past (refer to TSK meeting on July 21, 2014). Global warming is an issue crying for clear explanation to the public. (refer to TSK meeting on September 2, 2014). The issues with biotechnology are just beginning. Technology is moving so fast only the Technical Society members who meet weekly with experts can keep some perspective.
There are many people in our area with understanding and experience who can contribute to the Technical Society and their contribution is needed.
The Technical Society will meet on January 5, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza on SummitHill Drive in downtown Knoxville. Complimentary self parking is available in the hotel garage. Meeting attendees will receive a token for exiting the garage without charge after the meeting. Members and guests may begin arriving around 11:30 and go through the buffet line. Cost is $13 per person. The meeting will start at 11:50 and end at 1:00. Visitors are welcome.
All Technical Society members are urged to attend this meeting and encourage potential members to consider contributing to the Knoxville area by participating in the Technical Society.

For more information contact Bob Scott, secretary, at 690-0705  or rrscott3@aol.com.

 
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December 2014 TSK News

December 1, 2014   Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation was the speaker.
Legacy Parks Foundation, an East Tennessee non-profit organization, works to ensure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come. They work collaboratively to preserve our area’s extraordinary natural resources, and to expand parks, trails, and greenways.
On December 8, 2014 The Technical Society began discussions about the future of the Society.
On December 15, 2014 the Technical Society appointed an ad hoc committee to explore making the Technical Society an umbrella organization. Committee members are Joe Carson, Ev Engstrom,  Bob Hill, Wolf Naegeli, and Walter Wunderlich.
The weekly meetings will be continued until the ad hoc committee makes it’s report.

 
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