September 2015 Technical Society Programs

07 Sep

September 7: Labor Day – No meeting

On September 14, 2015 Allen Coggins will be the Technical Society of Knoxville speaker. The topic of his presentation will be “Some Intriguing Sylvan Factoids – some little known facts about Tennessee woodlands.”

Allen is a naturalist who studied Biology and Natural History at Middle Tennessee State University. He worked as a natural hazards planner with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA)(he did not plan the disasters-just what to do if they occurred) and developed a history of state disasters for the Tennessee Emergency Management Plan. He has worked as an Emergency Management Specialist at Oak Ridge Associated Universities and he has been with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Allen wrote a book “Tennessee Tragedies: Natural, Technological, and Societal Disasters in the Volunteer State.” based on what he has learned during his career and he spoke to the Technical Society about disasters in January of 2012. His career has taken him to many places and has learned much about Tennessee as a naturalist with an eye for interesting things.

Allen served as president of the Technical Society of Knoxville in 2005.

On September 21, 2015, 2015,  Soren Sorensen will speak on the topic  “What Everything Is Made Of.”

 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 September 28, 2015 Robert G. Farrell and Holly B. Oswald of TVA will speak on: “Floating Houses Review”.

TVA began a policy review of floating houses after identifying more than 1,800 of the non-navigable structures on 16 TVA reservoirs. Unlike traditional watercraft, floating houses are primarily designed and used for habitation, creating unique safety and environmental issues that must be considered. Robert G. Farrell has been with the TVA Office of Environment and Research (OE&R).

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