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March 2020 Meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

17 Feb

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet on March 9, 2020 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 401 W Summit Hill Drive. Dr. Hongyu (Nick) Zhou, Professor, Tickle College of Engineering, UT will be the speaker. The title of his presentation will be ” The State of the Civil Engineering Infrastructure – national and local”.

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts the condition and performance of American infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report  card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement. The last grades for Tennessee are

AVIATION B-,  BRIDGES B, DAMS D,  DRINKING WATER C,  INLAND WATERWAYS C-,  PARKS C,  ROADS C+,  SCHOOLS C-,  TRANSIT D+,  WASTEWATER D+

Why these grades?  Come to the meeting for an educated perspective.

Dr. Zhou joined the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering in August 2019 . His research focuses on smart and energy-efficient building systems and built environment, with an emphasis on using innovative materials, designs, and cyber-physical technologies to improve the life-cycle performance of buildings and infrastructures.

The Technical Society of Knoxville is a group of persons interested in technology and science, and their effects on society, and in particular, on the community. Technical Society of Knoxville meetings are held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 401 W Summit Hill Drive and are open to the public.  Members and guests begin arriving around 11:30 AM and go through the buffet line. Cost is $13 per person payable in cash or by check in the meeting room to the designated collector. Cost without lunch is $7. A token for free parking in the hotel garage is included. Meetings are called to order at 11:55 and adjourned at 1:00 PM.

Anyone interested in the topic is welcome.

 
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