On March 30, 2015 the Technical Society of Knoxville meeting will feature a report on the reorganization of the Technical Society as an umbrella organization for the technical community. Most local chapters of national organizations are restricted in their ability to advocate for changes in public policies and most local chapters of national organizations lack the diversity of knowledge and experience needed to provide a voice that commands public respect. The Technical Society of Knoxville has been a voice advocating for progressive changes since its inception in 1921 and its success has been impressive (see History of Technical Society of Knoxville on the web site TechnicalSociety.net). The reorganization of the Technical Society as an umbrella organization for the technical community is in recognition of the need for greater numbers and greater diversity in educating the public on the myriad of needs and opportunities that are presented by the explosion of technology in biology and life sciences, transportation, geology , computer capability, education, energy generation and distribution, building construction, environmental protection, manufacturing- and whatever is coming next . Anyone with an interest in modern technology and a willingness to participate in the public arena is encouraged to attend the meeting and help guide the future path of this 94 year old society created “for the good it can do.”
March 23, 2015 James R. Hagerman, P.E Director of Engineering , City of Knoxville spoke. He gave an overview of city engineering problems. The City of Knoxville engineering department is involved with several interesting projects and it has a number of functions including transportation, traffic, planning, design, contract administration, stormwater, plans review, maps….they do a lot! In the past the Technical Society of Knoxville has been a help to the city in technical areas and there may be opportunities to participate in the future. Mr Hagerman also has been appointed to serve on the State eight member Environmental Advisory Board. Prior to working for the City of Knoxville Mr. Hagerman served as environmental engineer and project manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Mr. Curt Gomulinski, secretary of Tau Beta Pi spoke to the Technical Society on March 16, 2015. He has stated that the Tau Beta Pi engineering society wants to “forge new partnerships with other professional societies.” This fits with the Technical Society of Knoxville, which wants to proceed along similar lines. Two former longtime secretaries of Tau Beta Pi, Robert H. Nagel and Jim Froula, have served as president of the Technical Society of Knoxville.
Jack McElroy, the Knoxville News Sentinel editor, was the guest speaker for the Technical Society of Knoxville on March 9, 2015. The title of his talk was “How Scientists and Engineers Can Contribute More to Public Dialog in the Knoxville Area”. The historic role of the Technical Society of Knoxville has been very much geared to Mr. McElroy’s topic and we are presently addressing the role of the Technical Society for the future. The News Sentinel provides a valuable service by announcing the Technical Society meetings in each Sunday’s business section.