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Maria Crowe Presentation on Cultivation STEM Education in East Tennessee

A copy of Maria Crowe’s presentation to the Technical Society of Knoxville on Cultivating STEM Education in East Tennessee: Cultivating STEM Ed – Maria Crowe

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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in STEM Blog


Article “Improve Undergraduate Science Education”

Interesting article in Nature: Improve undergraduate science education

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Posted by on July 27, 2015 in STEM Blog


July 27, 2015 Speaker will be Cliff Hawks, President and CEO Cherokee Farm Development Corporation

Cliff Hawks is a former Nashville-area executive with more than 20 years’ experience in local government, politics and economic development. His interesting background makes Hawks a good fit for his current position as president and CEO of Cherokee Farm Development Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the UT Research Foundation that was formed to oversee recruitment and management of the university’s new Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus.

Hawks has nearly 10 years of experience working in local government and politics and was vice president and general manager of the Nashville Superspeedway for 11 years. Prior to working at the speedway, Hawks was executive director of the Metro Nashville Sports Authority, the city’s landlord for Bridgestone Arena and L.P. Field. In that position, he was responsible for overseeing sales and marketing of the permanent seat license and season ticket campaign for the Tennessee Titans.

While football and NASCAR are included in his most recent endeavors, the Humboldt, Tenn. native and graduate of David Lipscomb University in Nashville, began his career in politics. After graduation in 1991, Hawks’ first job was volunteer coordinator for the Phil Bredesen mayoral campaign. He later served as assistant to the Mayor for Boards and Commissions; as Administrator of the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office; and as associate director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus is a 188-acre site on the banks of the Tennessee River and is modeled after other successful research parks around the country. It will provide laboratory and work space for collaborations between private industry and scientists and researchers affiliated with the University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Cherokee Farm is the Southeast’s only R&D park where the resources of a major research university and a leading national laboratory are combined.

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Posted by on July 25, 2015 in Meetings


July 20, 2015 speaker will be Matt Wakefield

July 20, 2015 Matt Wakefield of EPRI will speak on the topic “Smart Grid” (PDH)

In November 1965 the Great Northeastern Blackout left 30 million people in the United States without electricity, starkly demonstrating the nation’s growing dependence on electricity and vulnerability to its loss. It marked a watershed for the industry and triggered the creation of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Since its beginnings in 1972, EPRI membership has grown to represent approximately 90% of the electricity generated in the United States and extends to more than 30 countries internationally. The EPRI research portfolio addresses a range of issues that change with the times and the technology, even as the underlying expectations remain constant for electricity that is affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible. Matt Wakefield is Director of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) research at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His responsibilities include furthering the development of a modernized grid with a strong focus on leveraging emerging information and communication technologies that can be applied to the electric grid infrastructure. He and his team are focused on Smart Grid Research that enables advanced applications. He wishes to apply emerging technologies innovatively with a focus on cost benefit .

Matt has a BS in Technology Management from the University of Maryland.

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Meetings


The Muse Knoxville: Robotics Revolution August 1, 2015

The Muse Knoxville is sponsoring the Robotics Revolution August 1, 2015 and needs volunteers.  For more information click here.


Sign up to volunteer here.

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Posted by on July 12, 2015 in Volunteer Opportunities


Arizona Solar Companies Battle Utilities

Combining storage with solar installation to offset new utility grid connection fees, see IEEE Spectrum article .

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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Tech Blog


FIRST Robotics Event October 24, 2015

TVA and Univ of TN / Chattanooga is scheduling a one day off season FIRST Robotics event on Saturday, Oct 24. The expectation is that there will be 15 to 20 teams and they’re using the practice field from GAFIRST. If you would like to help, please reply to Charlie Spencer at and he will compile a list and get you more info.

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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Volunteer Opportunities


June 29, 2015 Speaker will be Maria Crowe

On June 29, 2015, Maria L. Crowe will speak at the Technical Society of Knoxville(TSK) weekly luncheon on the importance of STEM education and how TSK can support STEM activities.

Maria is an algebra and geometry teacher at the newest Knox County High School, the Career Magnet Academy.  Last year, during CMA’s first year of existence, Maria started a USFIRST Robotics team that successfully competed at the Smokey Mountain Regionals, Knoxville, earlier this year.  Maria is also a faculty representative of CMA’s advanced manufacturing pathway, that seeks to prepare CMA freshmen for advanced manufacturing opportunities in the local area.

Maria has a B.S., General Engineering, from the U.S. Naval Academy (class of ’88), and an M.S., Engineering Management, George Washington University. She spent seven years on active duty, serving in various information systems management positions with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as a contracting officer, National Defense University (NDU) as an assistant professor of systems management, and Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Operations Support Division as a program manager for the evolution of the outdated Worldwide Military Command and Control System (WWMMCS) to the new Operation Support System (OSS), the primary DoD Joint Command and Control Information System.

After spending 15 years homeschooling three children and teaching physics and chemistry at various homeschool co-ops, Maria was hired last April to teach math at CMA.
She moved to Knoxville with her husband and children in July 2011, and continues to pursue a passion to provide STEM opportunities to students, to better prepare them for the growing number of jobs in technology in the Knoxville area.

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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Meetings


June 22, 2015 Speaker will be Gabriel J. Bolas PE

On June 22, 2015, Knoxville Utilities Board Engineering Manager Gabriel J. Bolas PE will speak on Engineering in KUB. Mr. Bolas is Energy Systems Engineering Manager at Knoxville Utilities Board and was Electric Systems Engineering Manager for many years. He holds a BS degree in electrical engineering and a MS degree in engineering/industrial management from the University of Tennessee.(PDH)

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Posted by on June 16, 2015 in Meetings


New History of Engineering Wiki

The new Engineering and Technology History Wiki at ETHW hosts thousands of documents and hundreds of hours of audio and video material.

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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in Tech Blog