August 2016 Technical Society program

02 Aug

We all need to be thinking of a future when there will be no fossil fuels extracted from the ground, there will be no subsistence farmers and manufacturing will be done by sophisticated robots. What will people do and what will need to change for a future that will be very different compared to today?

Inexpensive natural gas and stringent government regulations are killing the traditional economy of coal-mining communities in Tennessee. What hope of survival do residents of these communities have? The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on August 8, 2016 will have Barry Thacker, PE, and Kyle Leinart speaking on the topic “Addressing economic problems in the Cumberlands—one student at a time.”

Barry Thacker, PE, is a principal engineer at Schnabel Engineering, in Knoxville, TN. He is also the founder of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit watershed-restoration group. Mr. Thacker holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in civil engineering from the University of Louisville. He is a recipient of the prestigious Hoover Medal bestowed by an international consortium of engineering societies, the joint ASCE/GBA Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award, and the Governor’s Outstanding Tennessean Award. McGraw-Hill’s Engineering News-Record magazine named Barry one of construction’s top-25 newsmakers in 2013.

Kyle Leinart is co-founder and systems/software developer at ImmersaCAD in Knoxville, TN. He is the recipient of the 2011 Nantglo Scholarship from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Leinart is co-patent holder on a portable virtual reality device with One-Touch Navigation™, which enables architectural and engineering CAD drawings to be viewed in virtual reality.

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