January 2016 Technical Society Meeting

31 Dec

The January 11, 2016 meeting will have  Stephen Levy, Technical Director, State Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society as speaker. The title of his presentation will be  “Making Solar Energy More Valuable”.(PDH)

The recent global climate change conference in Paris gives impetus to the need for our local area to do its part in converting from fossil fuels to renewable energy. The Technical Society led in the fight for clean air in Knoxville and it is time for the Technical Society to lead in educating the community on renewable energy. Stephen Levy has been very active in promoting solar energy and energy storage and his presentation can be a timely beginning for community action.

Stephen Levy was educated at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Steve spent 35 years in electric power generation, energy storage, transformation and switching. He is experienced in solar energy, high efficiency gas discharge lamps, pulse power, capacitive energy storage, thermophotovoltaics, and thermionic converters.

Steve also served as Chief of the Army Pulse Power Center and was one of the founders of the Electrical Power program used in the Strategic Defense Initiative, “Star Wars” program.

 Mr. Levy’s expertise is Megawatt Electronics. He is the inventor of the “All-Electric Tank” concept for the U.S. Army and has consulted on all aspects of advanced technologies from idea creations to product acceptance; created teams to collaborate on joint projects; managed large programs that go beyond the limits of conventional technology; and submitted winning competitive bids. He is able to “see the big picture,” to know the direction in which technology needs to move.

An installation ceremony for Technical Society officers for 2016 will be held at this meeting. The officers for 2016 are

president Ev Engstrom

vice president Wolf Naegeli

treasurer Jean Pierre Granju

secretary  Bob Scott

past president  Joe Carson


Walter Wunderlich

Luther Alcorn

Peter Scheffler

Wayne Loveday

Steve Levy

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