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April 8,2019 Technical Society Meeting Date- error correction

On April 8, 2019 Chet Hunt, Citizen Climate Lobby (CCL) co-chair, Greater Knoxville Chapter, will be the Technical Society meeting speaker. He will speak about the Citizen Climate Lobby and the decade-long effort to introduce a carbon-fee and dividend bill at the federal level.

CCL has a goal of empowering everyday people to work together on climate change solutions. Supporters are organized in more than 400 local chapters across the United States and are together building support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change.

Chet Hunt is an adjunct professor in business administration, economics and finance. He has held positions of city manager, city planner, and redevelopment director in multiple cities.

Future programs:
May 6: Prof. Donald Huisingh, The Institute for a Secure an Sustainable Environment, UTK: Why is there an urgent need to transition to post-fossil carbon societies? 
June 10: Jim D. Froula, Secretary Emeritus, TauBetaPi: Adventure on the Colorado River.
July 8: Shafik Iskander, P.E., ORNL, ret.: Fracture mechanics analysis of irradiated reactor pressure vessels.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2019 in Meetings

 

March 2019 Technical Society Meeting

As the global temperature increases and climate changes people will react by moving from one location to another. The implications of populations shifting in the future are significant. Where are people going in the future? This is an opportunity to get a clue.

The Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on March 11, 2019 will have as a speaker Dr.Amy Rose.  She is the Team Lead for Population Distribution and Dynamics in the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and also serves as the Population and Land Use Theme Lead for the ORNL Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI). Recently she was appointed an ORNL Joint Faculty Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Her work is focused on geocomputational methods to characterize the spatiotemporal and demographic patterns of human populations to inform a variety of applications including urban resiliency, human health and security, and climate change impacts. Dr. Rose is currently the program manager for the LandScan Population Distribution project, and is also focused on developing a global building characterization to support consequence assessment and disaster planning.

Dr. Rose is educated in geography with a masters degree in geography, logistics and transportation from the University of Tennessee and a doctors degree  in geography from the University Tennessee.


 
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Posted by on February 28, 2019 in Meetings

 

February 2019 Technical Society Meeting

February 11, 2019: Professor James Coder, Mechanical, Aerospace & Biomedical Engineering Department, Tickle College of Engineering, UT will be the speaker.He will speak on the future of aerospace and air plane design.(PDH)

A team led by Dr. James Corder from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tickle College of Engineering is one of five selected by NASA as part of an overall investment of nearly $50 million to lead the next aviation revolution.

The goal of UT’s team is to produce much more aerodynamically capable aircraft, with NASA providing what is believed to be the largest NASA award for a UT-led project.

UT’s focus is on redesigning wings around a principle known as laminar airflow, which in simplest terms is the opposite of turbulent airflow. Living creatures have been experimenting with flying for eons and in the process they have learned to fly efficiently. If an airplane could fly in laminar flow- like the birds- the power requirements could be greatly reduced.

Dr. Corder was educated at Penn State University with  PhD, 2014, MS, 2010 and BS, 2008.

This meeting will be the Technical Society of Knoxville annual meeting.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2019 in Meetings

 

January 2019 Technical Society Meeting

Knoxville is preparing to adopt the 2018 editions of the International Code Council construction codes. Historically, the adopted codes have been amended to reflect earlier editions to minimize construction process changes. This adoption will be somewhat different.  On January 14, 2019 James Tente, Building and Plans Review Chief, will be the Technical Society speaker. The title of his presentation will be “Significant Changes to the Knoxville Building and Energy Code.”

Visitors are welcome.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2019 in Meetings

 

December 2018 Technical Society Meeting

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet on December 10, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville. The speaker will be Dr. Sudarsanam Suresh Babu. As you may guess, he was educated in India and the United Kingdom and is now the UT/ORNL Governors chair professor of Advanced Manufacturing, Tickle College of Engineering, UTK. The subject of his talk will be application of computational models for qualification of manufactured components.

If you don’t know about the Governor’s Chairs program it “brings exceptionally accomplished researchers to Tennessee.”

Funded by the state and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the program attracts top researchers to broaden and enhance the unique research partnership that exists between the University of Tennessee—the state’s flagship university—and the nation’s largest multi-program laboratory. The program seeks to hire as many as twenty scientists for existing institutes operated jointly by UT and ORNL in the areas of advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, biological sciences, energy sciences, nuclear security, and urban design.

Dr. Babu is probably the world’s best person to ask about welding dissimilar metals and he is applying computers to manufacturing.

Attending Technical Society programs is an excellent way to keep abreast of changing technology. This program qualifies as a professional development program.(PDH).

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2018 in Meetings

 

November 2018 Technical Society Meeting

On  November 19, 2018 Dr.  Karren Leslie More of Oak Ridge National
Laboratory (ORNL) will speak to the Technical Society of Knoxville  on
fuel cell research.

Transportation is a major source of carbon dioxide added to the
atmosphere in the United States. Gasoline and diesel fuel are very
compact sources of energy and the technology for using electricity and
batteries for long-range transportation is not available. Gasoline and
diesel fuel are burned in an internal combustion engine which is
relatively low in efficiency and a major waste product is carbon
dioxide. A hydrogen fuel cell is an electrochemical cell in which
hydrogen gas and oxygen from the air are adsorbed on the electrodes.
When combined with an electric motor a hydrogen fuel cell is
inherently much more efficient than an internal combustion engine and
the waste product is water- and not carbon dioxide. Hydrogen fuel
cells have been used in space applications but they are very
expensive. Platinum makes a wonderful electrode but it is
prohibitively expensive and research is being performed to find
substitutes. The electrolytes and construction materials also present
challenges.

The Technical Society will have an opportunity to learn about this
very important future power source from a person who is directly
involved with the research. Karren More is the Group Leader for the Electron and Atom Probe Microscopy Group in the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She received her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and has been a research staff member at ORNL since 1988. Her research interests are focused on using advanced electron microscopy towards understanding the structure and chemistry of nanomaterials.

future Technical Society programs

December 10, 2018:  Prof Mark Dean -Computers that operate more like human brains

January 14, 2019 TBA

February 11, 2019 James George Coder- the future of aerospace and ultra-efficient aircraft design.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2018 in Meetings

 

October 2018 Technical Society Meeting

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet on October 15, 2918 at the Crowne Plaza at 11:55. At the request of Mayor Rogero the Metropolitan Planning Commission is conducting a complete review and update of the city of Knoxville zoning ordinance.  On October 15, 2018  Gerald Green MPC Executive Director  will speak to the Technical Society of Knoxville about proposed adoption of the 2018 editions of the International Code Council construction codes.

Visitors are welcome.

Historically, the adopted codes have been amended to reflect earlier editions to minimize construction process changes. This adoption will be somewhat different in that it is proposed to adopt the 2018 code editions with minimal amendments. Plans Review and Inspections Staff have been reviewing the 2018 codes the past six months.

future programs

November 19, 2018  Karren Leslie More -fuel cell research

December 10, 2018:  Prof Mark Dean -Computers that operate more like human brains

February 11, 2019 James George Coder- the future of aerospace and ultra-efficient aircraft design.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2018 in Meetings

 

September 10, 2018 Technical Society Meeting

Dr. Chad Duty, Associate Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee and Group Leader, Deposition Science & Technology Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory will speak at the Technical Society of Knoxville meeting on September 10, 2018. The title of his presentation will be Advancements in Large Scale Polymer Additive Manufacturing.

Dr. Duty is in a group that performs research and development on the processing of metal and ceramic materials for both structural and functional applications focusing on anisotropic mechanical behavior, new material development, melt flow characterization, and optimizing process-structure-property relationships. They are involved in development of Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) at multi-meter length scales and over 100 lbs/hour and tooling applications for large scale additive manufacturing, including development of novel coatings and base materials,

Another way to say it is they are learning to make big and small complex things with machines that were unthinkable a generation ago. Computers and solid state physics have begun to do things that are miraculous and Dr. Duty is among the leaders.

I, secretary Bob Scott, am still in awe after watching a laser cut quickly through quarter inch steel plates several years ago.

Visitors are welcome.

Future Technical Society meetings

October 15, 2018   Gerald Greenzoning codes in the city of Knoxville.

November 19, 2018  Karren Leslie More -fuel cell research

December 10, 2018:  Prof Mark Dean -Computers that operate more like human brains

February 11, 2019 James George Coder- the future of aerospace and ultra-efficient aircraft design.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2018 in Meetings

 

August 2018 Technical Society Meeting

Dr Stephen Smith will discuss the proposed TVA power rate changes on August 13, 2018.

Dr Smith has been involved with energy policy for many years and he is in an excellent position to inform the Technical Society about TVA proposals to change their electrical energy rates.

Historically, the Technical Society has assisted in educating the public on important issues but we have not published an educational paper in many years. The people of the entire earth must cooperate to stop increasing the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere and making energy available from sources that do not produce carbon dioxide is a crucial part of the solution. TVA began as an organization that would solve problems caused by deforestation in a huge region and it needs to   expand its vision and work to solve the problem caused by excessive use of fossil fuels- which it has participated in- and use its great impact to accelerate the implementation of solar energy production along with any other creative ways of reducing the dumping of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Is this a time for the Technical Society to act and do we have the people who will make the effort to educate the public about the need for action? Please attend the Monday meeting if you can.

The Technical Society may need to assist in educating the public on this issue.

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2018 in Meetings

 

Technical Society meeting for July 2018

July 9: Dr.William R. Hamel, Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee will be the speaker. His research areas have been

  • Bio-robotic systems
  • Biologically-inspired engineering
  • Nano bio systems
  • Applied research in robotics and remote handling for military, space, and nuclear environments
  • Human-robot interactions
  • Robot manipulator design and controls
  • Digital real-time control
  • Mechatronics

We can expect to learn some fascinating and important things!

Robots can already clean your floors. Alexa is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news. Driverless cars are on the road. Who knows what is on the horizon or even what is possible. Our lives are being impacted NOW and this is an opportunity to look clearly toward the future.

Visitors are welcome

Future programs

August 13:to be announced

September 10:to be announced

October 15:to be announced

November 19:to be announced

December 10:: Prof Mark Dean, Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Tickle College of Engineering, UTK: “Computers that operate more like human brains (wording tentative)”

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in Meetings