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Technical Society meeting for May 2018

 University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering Program and New Facility Concepts”

The University of Tennessee is a unique and valuable asset to Tennessee and this is an opportunity to see some of what is occurring. On Monday , May 14, 2018 Dr. Wes Hines plans to discuss the transformation of the nuclear engineering department and a new facility being planned for the new building.   The new facility is a Fast Neutron Source and will give UT unique capabilities that no one else in the US has. He will give a discussion of its need, design and licensing.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2018 in Meetings

 

April 9, 2018 Technical Society of Knoxville Meeting

Arthur Morgan’s TVA-TSK Legacy

On April 9,2018 Barry Thacker will be the speaker at the Technical Society of Knoxville meeting. Parking in the Crowne Plaza garage is free. The meeting will end at 1:00pm. Visitors are welcome.

Tennesseans remember Arthur Morgan as the first Chairman and Chief Engineer of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), not to mention the founder of the City of Norris.  Morgan hit the ground running when he accepted the TVA job in 1933 by recruiting associates from his Morgan Engineering Company—Albert Fry, Harry Wiersema, Barton Jones, Carl Bock, Charles Locher, Ross Riegel, Ned Sayford, James Bowman, Emerson Chandler, and Sherman Woodward—for technical leadership positions at TVA. 

 Many of Morgan’s associates became long-time Technical Society of Knoxville members with Fry and Wiersema serving as TSK presidents.  According to TSK member Ned Sayford, Dr. Morgan called him when the TVA Act passed to say, “You are now the TVA engineering department—come on over,” which Sayford did at once.

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.

Mr. Thacker recently taught eighth-graders at Norris Middle School about the legacy of their city’s founder, which he will present at the Technical Society meeting on Monday, 9 April 2018. 

 

 

Future Technical Society of Knoxville programs:

May 14: Prof. Wes Hines, Nuclear Engineering Department, UT: “Nuclear Engineering at UT.”

June 11: Dr. Wayne Davis, UT, Dean, Tickle College of Engineering, UT: “The engineering college, where it stands and where it is going.”  

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2018 in Meetings

 

March 12, 2018 Meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

The federal government has been implementing policies to make government operations more sustainable. The resources devoted to making ORNL a model of sustainable operation have been significant and much of what has been done and learned may be of value to other organizations. Certainly ORNL started existence as the antithesis of sustainability in the frantic dash to develop the atom bomb and the change in the culture would be as great a challenge as the technical and financial challenges.

The Technical Society of Knoxville speaker at the March 12, 2018 meeting will be Bryce Hudey ( co-lead for Sustainable ORNL) The title of his presentation will be Technical Accomplishments of “Sustainable ORNL”. One of our Technical Society members attended the ORNL presentation at the October ASCE meeting and thought that this would be an interesting topic also for the Technical Society of Knoxville.

Bryce Hudey was awarded the 2017 Sustainability Champion for exemplary leadership with ORNL’s first “Battle of the Buildings”

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2018 in Meetings

 

February 12, 2018 Meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

Dr. Matthew N. Murray will be the Technical Society speaker on February 12, 2018. He will discuss the growing national debt.  This will be an informal discussion/lecture on a very relevant topic with an opportunity for interaction with the audience. (If you are there you can present your questions to a renown economist.)

Dr. Murray is Professor of Economics at  the University of Tennessee. He is Associate Director of the Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research and Director of the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.

Dr. Murray’s work in the Boyd Center includes maintenance of the state econometric forecasting model that supports the annual Economic Report to the Governor and the quarterly Tennessee Business and Economic Outlook.  He has worked closely with state and local governments on a wide range of public policy issues including economic development incentives, economic/fiscal impact analysis, tax policy analysis, education finance reform, and transportation infrastructure finance.

His formal education is Ph.D., Economics, Syracuse University, M.A., Syracuse University and B.A., University of Northern Iowa.

His vita is REALLY impressive:            http://cber.haslam.utk.edu/staff/mnmvita.htm  

Future Technical Society meetings:

March 12: Melissa Voss Lapsa and Bryce Hudey, ORNL: Sustainable Campus Initiative

April 9: Prof. Wes Hines, Head, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, UT: On nuclear research.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2018 in Meetings

 

January 8, 2018 meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet at 11:55 am on January 8, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza. The program speaker will be Dr. Vince Cianciolo, a physicist at ORNL. The title of his presentation will be “How was matter created in the universe?”

Visitors are welcome.

We East Tennesseans sometimes do not appreciate the Spallation Neutron Source and the outstanding people it attracts to our area. Dr. Cianciolo has had leadership roles in major experiments covering a wide range of fundamental nuclear physics. He currently is part of a team (~ 50 scientists at ~ 20 institutions) making a measurement of the nEDM (neutron electric dipole moment) that is a factor of 100 more precise than the current best measurement. For scale – if the neutron were the size of the earth the goal would be to determine the difference between the polar and equatorial diameters to a precision of 40 nanometers.

He has been a research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1997 to present and nEDM (neutron electric dipole moment) Project Manager 2009-present . He has project management responsibilities for the experiment to improve measurement of neutron electric dipole moment by two orders of magnitude. He carried out R&D and analysis of neutron scattering in non-metallic vacuum window materials, activation of experimental components, backgrounds due to ambient gamma rays, optimization of operating magnetic field and temperature, techniques for blind analysis of experimental data, development of specialized electrodes and optimization of cryogenic light collection.
Dr. Cianciolo received the Lockheed Martin Technical Achievement Award in 1999 and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2001.He has a B.S in Physics from the University of Michigan and a PhD from MIT.

The January 8, 2018 Technical Society of Knoxville meeting will be the annual meeting. A new president for 2018 will be elected. Luther Alcorn has been nominated for president.

Future Technical Society meetings:

February 12: Prof. Matt Murray: The growing National Debt.

March 12: Melissa Voss Lapsa and Bryce Hudey, ORNL: Sustainable Campus Initiative

April 9: Prof. Wes Hines, Head, Dept. of Nuclear Engineering, UT: On nuclear research.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Meetings

 

December 11, 2017 meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

Chad Boetger, Vice President and Director of Design for  BarberMcMurry architects will be the speaker for the  December 11, 2017 meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville. The title of his presentation will be “Trends in Modern Residential Design from a First Hand Point of View”.(PDH)

 This presentation will explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in modern residential design; explained from the first hand experiences of an architect designing & building a home for himself and his family.  Issues of life style, home size, materiality, energy efficiency, and construction cost and how those choices impacted the design of a modern residence overlooking the Holston River will be explored. 

A 1997 graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Architecture and Design, Chad’s work focuses on providing modern and functional design solutions to a wide variety of project types.  Chad has served has an invited design critic to the UT School of Architecture, CBID Vice Chair, Chair of the City of Knoxville Downtown Design Review Board, The East Tennessee Community Design Center Board, the East Tennessee American Institute of Architects Board, and has won numerous design awards.

  

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Meetings

 

November 13, 2017 meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville

The November 13, 2017 meeting of the Technical Society of Knoxville will feature Wolf Naegeli, PhD, Senior Research Scientist Emeritus with the UT Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment speaking on a subject that is important and very relevant- and a subject he really knows about. After driving a Nissan Leaf for three years, he now has a BMW i3, the World’s greenest electric car.

The title of his presentation will be “The ICE Age Is Ending: Time to Buy an Electric Car” (PDH)

The automotive marketplace is going to change rapidly in the coming years. Dr. Naegeli will explain what buyers need to consider before making a purchase decision. He also will discuss probable socioeconomic and environmental implications of the impending technological revolution.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2017 in Meetings

 

Technical Society program for September 2017

Please Note:

The Technical Society meeting in September will be held on the THIRD Monday in September.

Dr.MOHAMMED MOHSIN of the Department of Economics- The University of Tennessee- will be the Technical Society of Knoxville speaker on September 18, 2017.

He is interested in talking about the economic implications of near zero interest rates.

The United States is currently considering drastic monetary and financial changes and this is an opportunity to interact with an expert.

Future programs:

October 16: T.J. Blasing, ORNL: On the physics of Global Warming.

November 13: Wolf Naegeli, President, TSK: Experiences with Electrical Car.

December 11:  Chad Boetger, BarberMcMurry Architects: topic to be announced.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2017 in Meetings

 

Technical Society program for August 2017

The Technical Society of Knoxville will meet at the Crowne Plaza at 11:30 a.m  on Monday, August 14, 2017. Dr. Joshua S. Fu will speak on  long range transport of air pollution- which is a serious concern for the area between the Smoky  and Cumberland mountains.

Joshua S. Fu is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Inaugural Professor of the UT-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education Energy Science and Engineering Ph.D. Program, Faculty Affiliate at the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and Director of the International Center for Air Pollution and Energy Studies at the University of Tennessee, Joint Faculty Appointment in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The focus of Fu’s research work includes climatic changes, air pollution modeling, air quality impact assessments, the impacts of extreme events on health, the impacts of transportation planning and energy usages on air quality, land use (satellite applications) and emissions, diesel track emission effects, and energy optimization planning

 

September 18:  Prof. Mohammed Moshin, UT: Zero Interest economy.

October 16: T.J. Blasing, ORNL: On the physics of Global Warming.

November 13: Wolf Naegeli, President, TSK: Experiences with Electrical Car.

December 11:Chad Boetger

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2017 in Meetings

 

July 2017 Technical Society Program

Weston Fulton changed the world

The Technical Society of Knoxville program will have a presentation by Dewaine Speaks entitled “Weston Fulton changed the world” on Monday, July 10. Dewaine Speaks is a former salesman of the Fulton Company and the author of the book, “Weston Fulton Changed the World“.

Among many other things Weston Fulton was one of the founding members of the Technical Society of Knoxville and – even though Fulton High School is named for him- he is probably vastly underappreciated and unknown in Knoxville where he spent most of his professional career. His company, after many changes, endures as Fulton Bellows in Knoxville.

He was an outstanding person who was in our midst- a rare genius who literally changed the world- and this is an opportunity to learn about Weston Fulton from the author of a Fulton biography.

Future Technical Society programs

August 14: Prof. Joshua S. Fu: Hemispherical Transport of Air Pollution.

September 18:  Prof. Mohammed Moshin, UT: Zero Interest economy.

 

October 16: T.J. Blasing, ORNL: On the physics of Global Warming.

November 13: Wolf Naegeli, President, TSK: Experiences with Electrical Car.

December 11: TBA

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Meetings