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July 2015 Technical Society News

On July 13, 2015.  Tom Rice described  the TVA Energy Resources Plan.

Maintaining the diversity of TVA’s energy resource options is fundamental to the ability of providing low-cost, reliable power. In order to fill a forecasted capacity gap TVA considered the addition of a wide range of supply-side generating resources as well as energy efficiency and other demand-side resource options. TVA’s future portfolio of generating assets consists of various fuel sources and diverse technologies that support varying power demand and the other services required for reliable operation of the power system. TVA’s resource portfolio also includes power purchases through both short- and long-term contracts, as well as increasing the use of renewable resources and demand-side options. TVA plans to buy wind energy- which will be generated in the midwest (1500MW). The Racoon Mountain pumped storage is big (1600 MW). The major power generation still comes from coal (12,000MW) but no new coal fired plants are planned. Natural gas plants will be added (9000MW).  Solar is projected to be a small contributor (120MW). The TVA projections are all based on current technology. A carbon tax or a significant increase in rooftop solar could result in a significant change in the plan. More solar and more wind power will need more storage and rapid peaking power because of their inconsistencies.

July 20, 2015 Matt Wakefield of EPRI spoke on the topic “Smart Grid”.  Since its beginnings in 1972, EPRI membership has grown to represent approximately 90% of the electricity generated in the United States and extends to more than 30 countries internationally. They have 450 participants and 24 smart grid collaborators. He described an emphasis on lowering the voltage to consumers as a way to reduce electrical demand without lowering voltage to unacceptable levels. He described ways to influence consumer demand- all of which seem to run into customer inattention or indifference.

In November 1965 the Great Northeastern Blackout left 30 million people in the United States without electricity, starkly demonstrating the nation’s growing dependence on electricity and vulnerability to its loss. It marked a watershed for the industry and triggered the creation of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRIThe EPRI research portfolio addresses a range of issues that change with the times and the technology, even as the underlying expectations remain constant for electricity that is affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible. Matt Wakefield is Director of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) research at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His responsibilities include furthering the development of a modernized grid with a strong focus on leveraging emerging information and communication technologies that can be applied to the electric grid infrastructure. He and his team are focused on Smart Grid Research that enables advanced applications. He wishes to apply emerging technologies innovatively with a focus on cost benefit .

Matt has a BS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland.

On JULY 25, 2015 Cliff Hawks was speaker.   Mr. Hawks is president and CEO of Cherokee Farm Development Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the UT Research Foundation that was formed to oversee recruitment and management of the university’s new Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus. Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus is a 188-acre site (77 acres are useful for development) on the banks of the Tennessee River and is modeled after other successful research parks around the country. It will provide laboratory and work space for collaborations between private industry and scientists and researchers affiliated with the University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Cherokee Farm is the Southeast’s only R&D park where the resources of a major research university and a leading national laboratory are combined. The close proximity of an airport and ORNL and UT is helpful. The present building if filled and additional buildings will be required for additional participants. The money for additional facilities will come from the participants. Companies insist on zoning and the proper zoning is in place for research and also some food , retail and hotel facilities as needed. All that is needed for world class benefits will be world class management patience and commitment.

Steve Hillenbrand, our air pollution board representative, reported that Knox County is currently in attainment and will probably continue in attainment unless the new EPA rules are lower than expected (or hoped for).

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in News

 

August 2015 Technical Society Programs

The Technical Society will not meet on August 24 but will tour Cherokee Farms on August 27, 2015.

August 27 (Thursday): Visit of Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus. We are meeting at 12 noon at the site. Coming from Knoxville on the Alcoa Highway take a right turn just after the Tennessee River bridge. Nauru Our host will be Cliff Hawks, President and CEO, Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus.
(35degrees 56′ 33.32″N    83degrees 57′ 8.87″W)

On August 31, 2015 Jennifer Tyrell will be the speaker. Her topic will be “The Tennessee Science Bowl.” The 2015 Tennessee Science Bowl needs volunteers for the event on Saturday 2/28, 2016.  Jennifer Tyrell is the new event coordinator and is open to working with and recognizing the existence and relevancy of organizations to the event. The 2015 Tennessee Science Bowl (TSB), a regional competition sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), will need volunteers to serve as moderators, scientific judges, rules judges, scorekeepers, timekeepers, runners, civility award judges, and to help with volunteer registration and crowd control on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Blount County Campus of Pellissippi State Community College in Friendsville. Volunteers will also be needed to help with team registration and crowd control on February 27, 2015, at the Hilton Knoxville Airport in Alcoa.

 Jennifer is a Sub Contractor- Project Manager at ORAU.

  Jack NeelyContributing Editor at the new  Knoxville Mercury will be the Technical Society of Knoxville speaker on August 3, 2015. He served as associate editor at Metro Pulse for much of its existence, but as author of the weekly column Secret History he has become one of Knoxville’s most popular writers and its unofficial historian. Beyond his column, he is well known for his thoughtful, well-researched, and provocative pieces of long-form journalism, not to mention his books, speeches, and other public appearances. Plus, he’s the director of the Knoxville History Project.

His father, John Neely , an industrial engineer who worked in management at Rohm & Haas  was a member of the Technical Society of Knoxville.

August 10, 2015,TBA

 Soren Sorensen’s talk on the topic  “What everything is made of” has been rescheduled to september 21, 2015.

 Dr. Soren Sorensen is a  Professor at University of Tennessee and  head of the UT Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has been at UT since January 1985.

Dr. Sorensen, professor of experimental nuclear physics and program manager for the USA ALICE collaboration, leads UT’s ALICE (Large Ion Collider Experiment) team.  He is investigating the properties of nuclear matter at high densities and temperatures with special emphasis on detecting the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP), which is a postulated new phase of nuclear matter where quarks and gluons are deconfined over a large volume. The Large Hadron Collider at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland, is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The ALICE research team studies matter as it existed immediately after the Big Bang.  UT’s involvement is a great opportunity for selected students – an intensive hands-on experience in an atmosphere of global collaboration.

Dr. Sorensen was educated in Københavns Universitet, Niels Bohr Institutet.  (This is probably not an East Tennessee school).

On August 17, 2015,  Harold Black will speak on “The crisis of 2008, the Fed, and its consequences.”

Harold A. Black is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Black, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. He lectures, consults and publishes extensively in the areas of financial institutions and the monetary system. His articles have appeared in publications such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Financial Research and the Journal of Monetary Economics. His consulting clients include SunTrust Bank, Chrysler Financial Corporation, National Bank of Commerce, National Credit Union Administration, Branch Banking and Trust Company, and the Mortgage Bankers of America.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee, he served on the faculties of American University, Howard University, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and the University of Florida. His government service includes being Deputy Director, Department of Economic Research and Analysis, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Board Member, National Credit Union Administration. He has served as a Director and Chairman of the Nashville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Among his honors, he is recipient of the Department of Treasury’s Special Achievement Award, the National Urban League’s Outstanding Service Award, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Georgia’s College of Business Administration, the National Credit Union Administration’s Exceptional Service Award, and the Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Black was awarded the 2001 John B. Ross Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and is listed in Who’s Who Among Black Americans and Who’s Who Worldwide. Dr. Black writes an occasional article for the Knoxville News Sentinel and blogs at HaroldBlack.blogspot.com.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Meetings

 

Maria Crowe Presentation on Cultivation STEM Education in East Tennessee

A copy of Maria Crowe’s presentation to the Technical Society of Knoxville on Cultivating STEM Education in East Tennessee: Cultivating STEM Ed – Maria Crowe

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in STEM Blog

 

Article “Improve Undergraduate Science Education”

Interesting article in Nature: Improve undergraduate science education

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in STEM Blog

 

July 27, 2015 Speaker will be Cliff Hawks, President and CEO Cherokee Farm Development Corporation

Cliff Hawks is a former Nashville-area executive with more than 20 years’ experience in local government, politics and economic development. His interesting background makes Hawks a good fit for his current position as president and CEO of Cherokee Farm Development Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the UT Research Foundation that was formed to oversee recruitment and management of the university’s new Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus.

Hawks has nearly 10 years of experience working in local government and politics and was vice president and general manager of the Nashville Superspeedway for 11 years. Prior to working at the speedway, Hawks was executive director of the Metro Nashville Sports Authority, the city’s landlord for Bridgestone Arena and L.P. Field. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing sales and marketing of the permanent seat license and season ticket campaign for the Tennessee Titans.

While football and NASCAR are included in his most recent endeavors, the Humboldt, Tenn. native and graduate of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, began his career in politics. After graduation in 1991, Hawks’ first job was volunteer coordinator for the Phil Bredesen mayoral campaign. He later served as assistant to the Mayor for Boards and Commissions; as Administrator of the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office; and as associate director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus is a 188-acre site on the banks of the Tennessee River and is modeled after other successful research parks around the country. It will provide laboratory and work space for collaborations between private industry and scientists and researchers affiliated with the University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Cherokee Farm is the Southeast’s only R&D park where the resources of a major research university and a leading national laboratory are combined.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2015 in Meetings

 

July 20, 2015 speaker will be Matt Wakefield

July 20, 2015 Matt Wakefield of EPRI will speak on the topic “Smart Grid” (PDH)

In November 1965 the Great Northeastern Blackout left 30 million people in the United States without electricity, starkly demonstrating the nation’s growing dependence on electricity and vulnerability to its loss. It marked a watershed for the industry and triggered the creation of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Since its beginnings in 1972, EPRI membership has grown to represent approximately 90% of the electricity generated in the United States and extends to more than 30 countries internationally. The EPRI research portfolio addresses a range of issues that change with the times and the technology, even as the underlying expectations remain constant for electricity that is affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible. Matt Wakefield is Director of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) research at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His responsibilities include furthering the development of a modernized grid with a strong focus on leveraging emerging information and communication technologies that can be applied to the electric grid infrastructure. He and his team are focused on Smart Grid Research that enables advanced applications. He wishes to apply emerging technologies innovatively with a focus on cost benefit .

Matt has a BS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland.

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Meetings

 

The Muse Knoxville: Robotics Revolution August 1, 2015

The Muse Knoxville is sponsoring the Robotics Revolution August 1, 2015 and needs volunteers.  For more information click here.

robotrev2015_flyer

Sign up to volunteer here.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2015 in Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2015 Technical Society Programs

July 20, 2015 Matt Wakefield of EPRI will speak on the topic “Smart Grid” (PDH)

In November 1965 the Great Northeastern Blackout left 30 million people in the United States without electricity, starkly demonstrating the nation’s growing dependence on electricity and vulnerability to its loss. It marked a watershed for the industry and triggered the creation of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Since its beginnings in 1972, EPRI membership has grown to represent approximately 90% of the electricity generated in the United States and extends to more than 30 countries internationally. The EPRI research portfolio addresses a range of issues that change with the times and the technology, even as the underlying expectations remain constant for electricity that is affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible. Matt Wakefield is Director of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) research at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His responsibilities include furthering the development of a modernized grid with a strong focus on leveraging emerging information and communication technologies that can be applied to the electric grid infrastructure. He and his team are focused on Smart Grid Research that enables advanced applications. He wishes to apply emerging technologies innovatively with a focus on cost benefit .

He has a BS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland.

Cliff Hawks, CEO of Cherokee Farm Development Corp., a joint project of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will be the speaker on July 27, 2015 . He will describe the Cherokee Farm development that formerly housed the University of Tennessee’s (UT) Dairy Farm. The centerpiece of Cherokee Farm is the 142,000-square foot Joint Institute for Advanced Materials building, which is nearing completion and should be ready for use by the end of the year.(PDH

Mr Hawks previously was involved in two large developments in Middle Tennessee- the stadium that houses the Tennessee Titans and the track in Wilson County that hosted NASCAR races.

 He is a Humboldt native and Lipscomb University graduate.

Mr. Hawks has also agreed to a Technical Society tour of Cherokee Farm during the week of August 24 (when the Technical Society will not have a Monday meeting).

On July 13, 2015.  Tom Rice will speak on the TVA Energy Resources Plan (PDH)

Maintaining the diversity of TVA’s energy resource options is fundamental to the ability of providing low-cost, reliable power. In order to fill a forecasted capacity gap TVA considered the addition of a wide range of supply-side generating resources as well as energy efficiency and other demand-side resource options. TVA’s future portfolio of generating assets consists of various fuel sources and diverse technologies that support varying power demand and the other services required for reliable operation of the power system. TVA’s resource portfolio also includes power purchases through both short- and long-term contracts, as well as increasing the use of renewable resources and demand-side options (i.e.,  Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Program (EEDR)).

Tom Rice is Senior Manager, Capacity Planning & Fleet Strategy at TVA. His office is in  Chattanooga. He has been with TVA since 2002. 

He has a BA in Economics from King College and a MBA from the University of Tennessee.

The future energy plans of the largest public power company will have a major effect on the Tennessee Valley and this is an opportunity to make us all aware of what is planned- and hopefully we can have an impact if we think something needs changing.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2015 in Meetings